ICE 2014 Group Notes
Please find your date and workshop and enter in notes below.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Make Hack Play- Attended by Lindsay
“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.”- Seymour Papert
“Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video, Stanford researchers say” (counter to the flip-classroom thought of building background knowledge first)
Unleash your inner kindergartener!
NYTimes OpEd: How to Get a Job at Google (leadership, humility, collabmmoration, adaptability and loving to learn and re-learn)
Today’s play stations: MakeyMakey, Arduino, Afinia 3D printer, 3Doodler, Makedo, Squishy Circuits,
Books: Invent to Learn (the BIBLE of the maker movement), The Art of Tinkering, The Maker Movement Manifesto
Teacher Opportunities: Conducting Modern Knowledge, FabLearn
Student Stuff: Super Sylvia!, Make Magazine Weekend Projects, Chicago Northside Mini MakerFaire,
Flattening your Classroom Walls by Embedding Global Collaboration - Attended by Tammy and Karen
- http://ice2014.wikispaces.com/ Great links and information to global teaching
- This presentation gave many great ideas for connecting with classrooms around the world. The link above gives many resources for finding classrooms to connect with and project ideas. Also, the presenter has been doing this for a number of years, and she gives a link to her “binder” that should have specifics for some of the projects.
- Music: Rock Our World
- Reading: Global Read Aloud - a teacher in Wisconsin picks a book to read to the class. Teachers all over the world read the same book to their classes, and the classes answer questions and make comments on the reading. You can get many different, global perspectives this way.
- Mystery Skype,also available through Google. Skype in the classroom offers at least 2 great opportunities. One, to pair up with a classroom in a different place. Each class tries to guess where the other is located using yes/no questions. Second, sign up to skype with an expert about just about any topic.
- The Global Classroom Project: A number of projects you can join and collaborate with classrooms across the country and world. Ex. Global lunch box, Save the Rhinos, Plant Daffodils in Fall and measure their growth in the spring and compare across the world.
Differentiating in a 1-1 Classroom - Attended by Eileen
- Doctopus seems like a very useful tool when differentiating assignments for students using doctopus/google drive. I’m interested in playing with this more and finding more about goobric and how it links to powerschool, WOW! Google forms to make tests to group or reteach using video or images is also cool!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Instructional Coaching: Effective coaching practices 2/26/2014 8:30 AM11:00 AM - Attended by Jolene
- Coaching is a partnership model between two professionals working together. Without continued consistent follow up you will not see significant change.
- Top down coaching vs. partnership model. Top down coach is the expert who come in and tells the teacher what/how to do something. Partnership model coaches role is to listen and talks very little. Teacher sets the goal and processes how he/she may reach that goal.
- In order for a coaching relationship to work you need to know: Your current reality and goal. If you have both of those this allows you to create a strategy to get there.
- Measurable goals areas for coaching:
- student engagement
- transition time
- student talk time vs. teacher talk time
- achievement-on formative assessment
- teacher reinforcement ratio-5 to 1
- Acronym for setting goals: PEERS
- Easy to hit
- Emotionally telling
- Reachable (measurable, strategy is identified)
- Student focused
Books-High Impact Instruction and Focus on Teaching: Using Video for High-Impact Instruction
You are not alone! Building and Using a PLN (Professional Learning Network) - Attended by Annmarie
• Dave Burgess (daveburgess.com)
• Twitter will change your professional life
• Pop culture - Twitter digital footprint disaster stories--this is something totally different!
• Ignore your home feed--overwhelming
• Look for Hashtags and Mentions
• See what hashtags the people you like are following
• Tons of time saving resources provided for you if you know what hashtag to use
• Check out Cybrary Man on Twitter who has cataloged educational hashtags
• #TLAP Teach Like A Pirate, Math Chat, Tech Talk, #ICE14, prof chat, etc etc
• He uses Twitter during down times, e.g., in line at grocery store, waiting in car--never
schedules using it during the day
• ex: Social Studies teachers (#SSchat) crowd sourced lessons around the death of
Osama bin Laden, the very next day after he was killed, teachers from around the world
shared materials for use in the classroom
• For history class with older kids: visibletweets.com (shows up to the minute tweets on
topic/event you choose--unedited so be careful with this one in classroom--older
students) or http://www.tweetbeam.com
• Helpful to use tool like TweetDeck to organize your feed, Notifications, Mentions, etc.
You can schedule tweets, helpful when moderating a chat and you have a lot of tweets
flying across your screen
• @ symbol is like addressing envelope to someone
• His opinion--no need to lock account, if its private, perhaps you shouldn't be tweeting
• You could have 2 accounts, Teacher + Personal, not necessary for students to see
everybody that you're following, even if its 100% appropriate, might not be relevant
• It’s good to put things in your profile that identify you as a teacher, helpful to include
some hashtags in your profile
• Don’t be an Egghead! (upload your pic)
• #FF • find out who to follow
• You owe it to your students to be the best teacher you can be. This forum is for people
who want to better themselves, move forward, what you can do to help others be
better....what resources you have found....negative teachers are not on Twitter.
Building Bolder Schools: It Doesn't Hurt to be First - Attended by Annmarie
This was all about not being afraid to enter the digital age, when we are young we are so eager to be first in line, now schools create policy based on a handful of parents who don’t want their child’s pic online…..
Teach like a PIRATE: Dynamic Way to Increase Student Engagement - Attended by Annmarie
• Dave Burgess
• Author of Teach Like a Pirate
• Category 1 -- content passions -- what part of your curriculum do you LOVE?
• Category 2 -- within my profession, what am I passionate about? Why you got into the
business..focus on these when the content is not your favorite
• Category 3 -- We are in the life changing business, we won't allow ourselves to be distracted
by petty outside forces
• Looking to embed LCL • Life Changing Lesson into content
• Your voice makes you unique, you live outside the classroom;
Personalize your classroom, use sports analogies, family examples--builds rapport and
relationships with kids, not necessary to hide yourself
• When you design a hook, make it memorable
• When you deliver content, be out there swimming with the sharks
• Have to master gaining student interest but also not losing it....transitions are vital
• Passion, showmanship, intensity--the magic is with you--you have to bring a little heat!
• Presentational touches make it rich and memorable
Ex: steak--today in education we are basically throwing a piece of meat at students and
saying "Eat it!".....When you come to my house for dinner, you get an appetizer, I warm up
the grill, I season the, meat on both sides, you have side dishes, a drink and dessert besides
an amazing steak, there's music--all of this entices you to want to eat & enjoy your meal
• Taboo hook - layer them into your lesson -- what can I do before a lesson starts to pique
interest? (pre-heat the grill!)
• Create a positive sense of expectancy
• Bra burning example (Wait til you have tenure!)
• Use human nature to your advantage • like unwrapping a gift • anticipation
• Props: have them!
• Get rid of bullet points--->Images!!
• Seems small but they are important--trailers--makes you want to see what is coming up
Start building things up from the first week of school • my classroom is where you want to be
(ex: he has a 50's party that he begins talking about the first week)
• The 6 Words: "Its Easy for You, You're Creative" -- WRONG!!
• Not supposed to be easy, supposed to be worth it
• There is a process you have to go thru
• Pimp my Ride--->Pimp my Lesson
• Current Event? App they are using? Images? When you are engaged, you will SEE things!
• Storytelling powerful
• A challenge for students can be incredibly motivating
• 2 Key Pirate questions:
1. If students didn't have to be there, would you be teaching in an empty room?
2. Do you have any lessons you could sell tickets for?
Ended with story about his 4 year old son--all of his friends got cool boy things out of vending
machine in pizza parlor, when it was his son's turn, a heart bracelet popped out--son might
have had a meltdown, but Dad held it up and yelled PIRATE TREASURE!!! and son looked at
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Digital Portfolios Made Easy - Attended by Laurie
Intro to Subtext: Collaborative Reading on the iPad - Attended by Lindsay and Jolene
- The future of books: connected, adaptable, flexible, customized
- Presentation Here
- Can see how students annotate
- Students can start a discussion within the text
- Any current events article from any source on line can be save to subtext (i.e. newsela, Time for Kids, New York Times)
Tammy’s Tech Tips - Attended by Mandy
Tammy's Tech Tips 45 minute session
- Create sticky notes- copy from her google presentation template. Print up to 4. Pretty cool! Use it for:
- Editing checklist
- Proofreading checklist
- Reminders such as "Don't forget your library books" to be put on student homework or a reminder to bring lunch for field trip tomorrow.
- 6 traits for analyzing student work for analyzing student writing. Check it out, sounds like a well-known program
- Google forms allows you to insert images AND VIDEOS now!
- Now when a kid is writing in a google document they can highlight a word they want to research, "owl" for example, then go to tools--> research (on top right hand side of screen) and then a popup box on right side shows internet info about that topic
- You can also do it with images and it ALSO CREATES A FOOTNOTE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE!!
- Copy and paste special characters (like smileys)-- get them from her website.
- Student notebook template on googledocs. Get it from her site.
- Flashcard template on google drive. Get from her site. Or go to flippity.net.
- Google Chrome:
- You can pin tabs so they stay in place permanently. Right click on tab> pin tab. It keeps them on the left hand side of browser bar.
- You can close all tabs to right so your favorites stay opened.
- Cmd shift T revives the tab you accidentally closed.
- Create your own channel so you can upload video/photo from your phone you can upload it quickly.
- You can create playlists of videos...upload others' videos into your playlist. Go under video>Add to>It shows your playlists or you can create a new playlist
- YOu can use it w/ Blogger so you can embed it into your blog and then whenever you tag something it updates on your blog. Share sites w/ your students easily.
- Peepometer- app for weather. Has themom, barom, wind speed, radar
Faraway Friends Book Buddies - Attended by Mandy
By: Carolyn Skibba, Burley School in CPS
bit.ly/cskibba1 has resources for this presentation.
@ingvigrannar was her partner
- 3rd grade project w/ school in Iceland.
- They wanted to know about the tundra.
- How can we foster curiosity? Why is connectedness important? What is our obligation to young people in a connected world?
- SAMR Model- substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition.
- Used kidblog.org
- Kids posted intros to themselves.
- Started with structure- pictures collages. Who is your audience? What's your purpose? How you choose what to show? How can you show it effectively?
- Build a culture of collaboration and respect. Kids say of course you have to be nice. "ooh cool", "i like your drawing" blah blah- NOT GREAT COMMENTS. Kids were instructed to go deeper, write well thought out comments.
- What is communication- use turn and talk- how does group talk with others? Extend that into digital space.
- Teach your kids how to give good feedback.
- Show patience and support for one another. Don't point out spelling mistakes.
- Use comments to continue the conversation.
- Noticing cultural differences w/o judgment. Coach them through that process. They use different words than we do. Their names are hard to pronounce etc. Instead of "That's weird!"
- Safety- avatars or artwork for profile pictures, no last names, no identified pictures. Used me creator from wii.
- What to make? Jane Ross' book from Indonesia. Write a bilingual book together w/ Book Creator. Shared files to dropbox.
- Deploy student photographers, collected them via dropittome.com. Creates folder in your dropbox.
- Take turns editing the book. Check out ICE website for tutorial on how to do this. Dropbox, create shared folder, invite collaborator on that folder. BE SURE TO SAVE TO PROPER SHARED FOLDER WHEN EXPORTING FROM BOOK CREATOR TO DROPBOX.
- It makes separate copies of the books. So title carefully.
- Share the book. How will you find an audience? Book Creator is an epub file. It must be downloaded to and iOS device. Synch it in our school. You can get a link to the dropbox file and then others can read the books. They called it Faraway Friends Book. Posted QR Code so kids could download the book. They can post it on their blog, in Edmodo. Publish to iTunes Store.
- Now they have partners in Belgium and Canada.
- Individual student lbogs are a hassle. 60 students in chicago, 15 in Iceland. Padlet. Students create their own images and text and posted it online.
- Vary media to share: video trailers, podcasts, screencasts.
- Aiming for shared inquiry and more authentic publishing.
- Ask yourself:
- What is your learning objectives?
- What is the timeline? Post 2x/week?
- What are we going to make?
- What tools to use?
- How can students take the lead in making some of these decisions?
- Will our collab be in whole group, pairs etc?
- How will process be differentiated?
- How much structure is appropriate for ages, abilities, needs?
- What will this project offer to my students that is unique, beneficial, or important?
- Use these hashtags in twitter to looks for audience for your students blogs #Globaled, #comments4kids
Independent Literacy Practice from District 158 - Attended by Mandy
- Kahoot! getkathoot.com for teachers, students: kahoot.it.
- It's basically a multiple choice gameshow kids play against each other. You can insert images for younger grades.
- You can make your own quizzes or just copy other teachers.
- Shared google spreadsheet specific for Reading Street. Put url to share and the topic. Find it online.
- Independent Practice Looks Different because:
- students are engaged
- more options for open ended work
- digital organization creates efficiency for teachers
- students can become skilled at managing tech on their own (assign kid tech gurus)
- transitions more fluid- do things until they're done.
- "Things to Accomplish this Week" instead of "things to accomplish in the next 20 minutes."
- They use:
- Haiku (similar to Edmodo)- for discussion boards, share content and links, wiki projects,
- submit assignments, complete practice assessments, polls
- Google apps
- Reading STreet Curriculum
- Productivity Apps (link in their presentation):
- Read to Self
- E-text readers
- Digital books
- Raz kids
- Ideas for Independent Reading
- Biblionasium.com is a good site- social network for kids all about books. FREE!!
- Reading-Rewards.com- digitized version of a reading log. parents could use it too. Create book circles. FREE!
- 25 Books Project
- ROLE REVERSAL by Mark Barnes-
- You have to read 25 books this year. Focus on # books read, not how many minutes yoyu spent reading. YOu read a book, process it, read a book, process etc. Students build a diigo library to find out more about that book and post those websites that relate to that book.
- Story Maker app- kids type in their name, pick from story options. It populates the story for the kids. Then kids add what you're focusing on that week- alliteration, adjectives etc.
- When done they give you a code then you put it in and read the story. It stays up for a year. Downside- you can't edit it later.
- from carnegielibrary.org/kids/storyaker/embed
- Have your kids use todaysmeet.com to write a sentence with a vocabulary word. Then use it w/ your kids when they come to your literacy center.
- Teachers should comment on interactive journals. It motivates kids.
- Word Work Stuff:
- Picsay- put stickers on pictures, write words or text on a pic. Like
- Skitch for Word Sorts
- Mind Map- cool for vocab words
- Use ImageQuest- it costs money but is a safe image bank for kids to get images. Or, have them make their own pictures. IF you want a pic of a dog driving a car, go home and put your dog in the car and take a picture. Or draw it.
- How do you know they are learning?
- QR Codes- they have a cool project where they do research on body parts, make a tactile body, put in hall w/ QR codes w/ kids work about that body part. Hair, for example.
- Timelines are useful for sequencing stories. preceden.com. Timeline app by IRF. Int'l rdg fdn?
- Math Center Activities- Greg Tang
- Funny numbers
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
Using your SMART Board Like a Rock Star - Attended by Will, Becky, Leeann
This is the site where we started.
The keynote is on youtube, if anyone would like to see it.
Using full screen mode takes away the tool set (less distracting).
Directly next to full screen, is “more”, so can use most often used tools.
To customize the tools, go to the gear and open it. You can then move tools into appropriate place.
*****Calibration is not the point where you touch the board… it is where you REACH the board.*****
Color combinations to avoid: red/blue and yellow/green (color blind kids).
Excellent to use black background and yellow or orange pen (great visualization for kids).
Control mouse=quick way to get set background fill
Find “Smarttools”, Smart settings. Once hooked up, can change pen to a different size nib. Smart hardware settings, can go to Calligraphy settings. Can change colors as well.
- Preferences is a place you can go to to set your smart board to display or not display the screen.
- choose extended display---it extends the screen-idea: to see a screen that the students cannot (perfect for staying connected to smart board and doing something else at the same time...attendance)
Using your Technology in Social Studies- Attended by: Rachael Rodriguez
* Twitter and how it is a wonderful professional development tool
* Todaysmeet.com is a wonderful way to blog during instruction; students can ask questions and also a great tool to use for students to summarize because they are only given 140 characters. Exit slips would work well on this site too.
* Socrative and quiz star for assessments. Might be worth the $4 per student to add app to IPAD
* Google docs has a chat function that can be used as a way to brainstorm over a lesson plan in real time as you see the plan.
* U505 project could be used as a Google Hangout to share with other students who are not in the Chicago area.
* “Getting it out the door,” to share with others.
* Using Imovie and movie maker trailer for students to share their presentations. Getting rid of PowerPoint. ( Yay!)
* Build, Create and “Get it out the Door!”
* Animoto app
* WeVideo through Google Drive. Imovie on the ICloud
* ISNAP is another great way to share. It is linked through Facebook and Twitter.