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2012 Student Voices

Mars Rover, Mars Rover, Send My Own Rover Over

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Presenter: Kimberly Herron
Location: Inman, KS, USA
Twitter: @herronfive

Presentation Description: Launch your students into developing space and science vocabulary and concepts as they follow current events of The Curiosity Rover landing on Mars AND design, build, and launch their very own rubber band powered rovers.

Mission: Design and construct a rubber band powered rover with lander that will carry a raw egg as a payload and does not weigh more than 300 grams. It must be launched from 5 meters high, land safely without damage to the payload, and automatically engage rubber band powered wheels to move forward 3 – 5 meters.

Through this project based lesson students engage higher level skills incorporating the scientific method with research, engineering, writing, math, vocabulary, and team work to successfully complete their mission.


2012 Student Voices

Authentic Voices

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Presenter: Kyle Dunbar
Location: Alexandria, VA, USA
Twitter: @edtechdunny

Presentation Description: Come learn about and listen to student voices highlighted on Authentic Voices (http://authentic-voices.wikispaces.com/) a wiki co-developed with a Language Arts teacher and a Technology Integration Specialist at an alternative setting. Authentic Voices is a place where students upload original pieces of writing along with an audio file of them reading their piece. Listen to at least three of the pieces students have composed and learn how students begin to authentically revise their work when creating an audio file of their work. Consider how students begin to see themselves differently as a result of publishing their work online. While Authentic Voices has a global audience (over 60 countries), we do not yet have another classroom that regularly comments on our students’ writing or posts their own writing on this site. Ponder efforts and challenges to finding collaborative classrooms.

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2012 Student Voices

Student News Teams: Telling the Story

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Presenter: Brad Wilson
Location: Jackson, Michigan, USA
Twitter: @dreambition

Presentation Description: How does your school community learn about events, announcements & celebrations of learning? How does the public view your school? The students in this presentation are part of school programs that put them in control of these stories! By using whatever technology tools available, educators from a variety of schools are giving students opportunities to practice 21st Century skills while taking part in meaningful multimedia projects. Listen to them describe their experiences and get inspired to start your own News Team!

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2012 Student Voices

Beaucoup de Cool Student Projects

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Presenter: Audrey McLaren McGoldrick
Location: Dorval, Quebec, Canada
Twitter: @a_mcsquared

Presentation Title: Beaucoup de Cool Student Projects

Presentation Description: This presentation is about the year-long process that my math students undertook to create independent research assignments. Their projects unlocked their creativity, either artistic or mathematical, and the final products were as much about the students as they were about math.

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2012 Student Voices

Video Story Problems

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Presenter: Ben Rimes
Location: St. Joseph, MI, USA
Twitter: @techsavvyed

Presentation Description: Traditional story problems are dull. They’re usually disconnected from real world scenarios and learner’s experiences, and are presented in an artificial manner. Through the use of video, students and teachers can capture genuine moments of curiosity and real world examples for use in the classroom.

Aren’t ready to start filming yourself in the aisles of your local grocery store or park to point out interesting problems? You can easily use video to produce more scripted variations of traditional story problems, provide many open ended questions all tied to a common concept, or start to your flip your classroom with a blending of both teacher and learner voices.

I wanted to provide a mixture of both student examples, teacher examples, and a bit of my thought process for creating this story problems. It’s certainly not limited to Math, as video story problems would work very well for exploring conceptual science problems and reflective language arts of social studies learning. As we all struggle to adopt the Common Core State Standards here in the United States, it’s important to remember that publishing, collaborating, and sharing with other learners online is now a requirement at almost all levels of K-12 education. Giving students a way to share their voice while connecting real world situations to classroom studies is a positive step towards a more student-centered classroom where exploration and curiosity is encouraged!

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2012 Student Voices

Quest Atlantis: Student Design and Ownership

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Presenter: Bron Stuckey
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Twitter: @bronst

Presentation Description: Students in the inaugural Quest Atlantis Student Congress worked to design, plan, program and build virtual worlds missions, games and activities to support the learning of peers around the globe. Much of Quest Atlantis is managed content and curriculum but in the Student Congress it is the students who design the curriculum based on their passions and interests. The teachers role is to support, scaffold and most of the time get out of the way and stop drawing boundaries to limit student creativity and learning 🙂 This video shows how kids built virtual world environments and activities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills and to support the learning of their peers.Your school can readily be part of this exciting program as any student can level up in the game and community to be part of this supportive and creative space. Digital citizenship IS a lived curriculum and activities like these in QA offer opportunities for leadership, mentoring, collaboration and healthy competition.

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Teachers wishing to join Quest Atlantis should apply for an educator account to explore the program.

Then join an online teacher professional development workshop to become a Quest Atlantis certified teacher.

There is no $$$ cost to the program but there is a professional commitment to attend training and use the program as part of a rich inquiry classroom pedagogy.

2012 Student Voices

Keynote for Student Voices: Kids Teaching Kids

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Presenter: Tiana Kadkhoda
Location: Santa Monica, CA, USA
Twitter: @tianakad

Presentation Description: 17 year old student from Santa Monica, Tiana Kadkhoda, shares stories and experiences about how student-created videos and media can transform learning and equip students with digital literacy skills alongside traditional curriculum skills. She will also explain why student and teacher collaboration is the foundation to a productive classroom environment.


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We love questions and participation! Please follow my former math teacher, Eric Marcos (@mathtrain), to find out more about what’s happening with mathtrain.tv and to ask any questions!


2012 Visioning New Curriculum

Make/Hack/Play – Lenses for Learning

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Presenter: Bud Hunt
Location: Longmont, Colorado USA
Twitter: @budtheteacher

Presentation Description: The Center for Make/Hack/Play grew out of a system asking itself questions about the purpose and role of schools as institutions of learning. In this presentation, Bud Hunt unpacks the terms that guide his inquiry about and work within schools.

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2012 Visioning New Curriculum

Creating Learning Experiences without the Textbook

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Presenter: April Chamberlain, Shawn Nutting & Ammie Akin
Location: Trussville, Alabama USA
Twitter: @aprilpc

Presentation Description: Learn how teachers in Trussville, Alabama are creating learning experiences without the textbook using Livescribe for secondary math, teacher created elementary math videos, QR codes in books and around the school, virtual field trips, Socrative and educator collaborative space.

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  1. Trussville City Schools
  2. Paine Primary School
  3. Paine Intermediate School
  4. Hewitt-Trussville Middle School
  5. Hewitt-Trussville High School
  6. Livescribe Pens
  7. Smart Airliner
  8. Educreation App
  9. PowerPoint Saves as Video
  10. QR stuff
  11. I-nigma
  12. Charlene Hallman’s Virtual Field Trips
  13. Rachel Brockman’s Research sites
  14. Wix.com
  15. Socrative for teachers
  16. Socrative for students
  17. Edmodo
2012 Getting Started

7 Degrees of Connectedness

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Presenter: Rodd Lucier
Location: Komoka, Ontario, Canada
Twitter: @thecleversheep

Presentation Description: What is it for you that leads you to pay closer attention to the learners in your network? Do you feel close to those colleagues you interact with, even if you’ve never met? Are you more attuned to those people whose voices are amplified because you met at a conference; exchanged stories; shared a meal?

As our connections grow with online colleagues, we may find ourselves in qualitatively distinct relationships with co-learners. By sharing our ideas alongside details of our personal lives, we have a tendency to become more and more familiar to one another. Augment these connections with voices and imagery, and it can lead to deeper and more fulfilling connections.

In this presentation Rodd Lucier (AKA The Clever Sheep), invites you to walk along with a few of his colleagues who join him in reflecting on how modern tools are impacting our online relationships. The concept of ‘7 Degrees of Connectedness’ is introduced as one way to qualify the relationships we foster with online colleagues.

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