Sharing is Caring Innovation Ideas (ISTE 2015) (Responses)
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7/1/2015 12:04:07Mark JohannesEd Tech CoachStudent PortfoliosSeesaw app will allow students to create a digital portfolio that can be collected for the entire school yearease of use#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:05:21KatieHigh School EnglishResearch InfographicsInstead of writing research papers, my students create infographics that represented what they learned and their unique ideas.It forces students to think outside the box and be creative.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:05:38DonTech integrationCollaborative slideshowsStudent pairs add content to a class slideshowInvolves every student#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:05:41Krystalmathlog war and flash cards#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:06:03MaeFirst gradeReflective learningStudents use the camera function of the iPad to video themselves reflecting on their learning.Easy but powerful#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:06:24Rebecca5th GradePhotography Meets PoetryStudents use iPads to take an up-close photo of something in nature and then write a haiku about it.Combines art and writing and an outside component in one activity#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:06:35Mistychemistry Atomic Theory Scientists Tell Their StoriesUsing a Google Presenatation, each student/group is given a scientist and slides. They create a "live" portion of the Atomic Theory by researching their scientist and his research and then record the scientist's story using Blabberize. Each student fills out a graphic organizer to pull together all of the scientists to use as notes.Students scaffold info well, have fun making scientists talk and GO helps them get all scientists without me having to teach#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:14GretchenLeadershipChange Your CommunityStudents identify how they want to improve their community (post-riots Baltimore city). Students work in teams to develop a community service project that will help improve our city. Students then write (tweet) Mayor Rawlings-Blake with their ideas and present to our headmaster to try to win funding (funding has not actually shown up yet, but I'm working on that!). Project ideas included restoring basketball hoops, cleaning vacant lots, painting over graffiti, tutoring and mentoring projects, etc. Students have ownership of the idea and see that they can be agents of change for their immediate world .#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:19DanTeachers how to integrate technology and enhance instructionExpert Topics for 3rd GradeStudents select a topic, research it, and create a ThingLink to instruct their audience on the specific topic. The final step is a Google Form assessing how much their audience learned.

My example:
Students' reactions to how well their audience answered. "Maybe you didn't ask the right question" (student response to classmate bummed about how so many got a question wrong)#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:30PeterMathsMaths field of playStudents work outiside on a sports field and have to solve a problem and 'run' to the next area to solve the next problem.Engagement, outdoor activity, mental and physical #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:30WadeMusic AppreciationOnline ConcertAccessing Chicago Symphony performances shared on its web site. Because attending a Chicago Symphony performance live may not be practical, the performance is brought to the classroom.visualized experience of an orchestral performance#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:07:37KateAdminParenting a TeenagerTips for interacting with teenagers in a non-confrontational manner
Examples of conversation style that limits their defensive nature
How to never argue with a teenager ever again
Helps relationships#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:39JayElementary PrincipalOn Line Read AloudI read aloud to my students on snow days or during the summer. I also do it during the school day using Google+ account and the Live streaming from Youtube. These are then archived. I advertise using our automated email system and send out the links. Some kids watch live if they are available, others log in and watch later.... Oh I usually where something funny like a hat or costume.
Engages kids while they are not in school#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:53Marcie5th Grade MathGoogle SpreadsheetsStudents pair up with another student and pretend they just graduated from college and they learn how to set up a monthly budget. They research the place they want to live, what job they have and the salary they earn, what kind of car they drive and what the monthly payments are, what the utility costs are based on the area where they live, etc. they would then place all their info into a Google sheet and use several formulas to calculate total income, total expenses, and surplus.Real World Math#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:53BarbaraWorld LanguageGoogle Talk TranslationAssign a translation. Have students use my google talk # to record a translation to me.Students love the idea of phoning the teacher. I like the fact that It is all kept in Google Talk.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:53BethMiddle School PrincipalNo Worksheet Holidays!Days of creativity that harness the power of going worksheet-less. Shared ideas via Google Docs: Shared feedback from staff and students via Google Forms Gives permission to be creative and take risks!#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:57AlisonScienceEnvironmental IgniteIn small groups students research how humans impact the biosphere. They use Google Slides to create Ignite Presentations about one enormous human-created environmental disaster (from a pre-created list) and present to the rest of the groups.Students are always astounded by the ability of humans to modify their environment#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:07:57DianaElementary French immersionThe power of languageHave students collaborate and brainstorm ideas to validate the many reasons that they study French, and ways that this study will enrich their lives. Encourage them to go beyond the obvious (better job if I soeak 2 languages) and dig deep to share experiences they've already had where knowing French has helped them and possible applications to their future. Use technology to search other student blogs to find their reasons and see if they apply to us, Encourages buy-in, increased use of oral language in #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:00LisaMathShare your thinkingWorking on word problems. Students read problems and then share strategy (not solution!) in Google form. Students read results and discuss. Can be in small groups or can use a site like to vote on best strategies. Students realize problems can be approached in many different ways. Increases their confidence with word problems#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:01Brett BradleyProvide PD for TeachersGoogle Trek:El CapitanUsing Google Trek you and your students can explore El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. You can use this and others as a way for your students to experience virtual field trips without ever leaving the classroom.Visual and Immersive #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:03DianaElementary French immersionThe power of languageHave students collaborate and brainstorm ideas to validate the many reasons that they study French, and ways that this study will enrich their lives. Encourage them to go beyond the obvious (better job if I soeak 2 languages) and dig deep to share experiences they've already had where knowing French has helped them and possible applications to their future. Use technology to search other student blogs to find their reasons and see if they apply to us, Encourages buy-in, increased use of oral language in #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:05SarahThird GradeShared PresentationThird grade students work on a shared presentation to create a presentation for incoming third graders. Each student is responsible for creating a slide highlighting one element of third grade.Interactive, sharing their work with younger grades#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:11IngerTechnologyFind three like meUsing a shared Google slides presentation, students are assigned a slide number and go to the slide to type in three likes and one dislike. They can add pictures if desired. When everyone is done, we gather and watch the slideshow and try to guess which slide is which person.

Great icebreaker for teaching Google Apps to adults or students.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:13Heather TMath & PhysicsElectricity around the World!Our grade 9 class created a survey to see how people use electricity around the world as part of a larger energy usage project. They came up with and pared down the questions, and then helped send it out all over the world through Twitter. We received over 600 responses from over 40 countries! Not only did we use the data for our projects, we shared the data with students in other schools. Check it out here: of fun, and a great impact on the students to see their work used by others.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:14Lee GravesScience/PhysicsSmartphones at amusement parksDuring the course of a term I teach the students to use various apps sensors on their smartphones to measure different items for physics (time, speed, velocity, acceleration, g forces). At the end of the learning the students must devise an experiment to use the apps and sensors to create an experiment to analyze an amusement park ride at a local amusement park.
During the lead up the students use their smartphone apps on real world practice items, which draws their attention. Also, I like it because it shows the students that they can use their phone for "good" by learning!#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:08:17Cori5th GradeAmazing Science RaceThe format is much like The Amazing Race tv show. Students race around the school answering science related questions. The last team to arrive may be eliminated! Movement/Competition#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:08:27GideonSpanishCollaborative CuentosI have my students re-write their favorite fairytale using a comic-book format. The first step is choose a fairytale. Second, they create a shared Google Doc. They have to have 3 peers comment and offer feedback on the summarized story. I also give formative feedback. Finally, we use ToonDoo or PowToons to create the graphic part of the story. It gives student choice, cool animations, creativity, and summarizing techniques#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:30KelliAP English LanguageFail Faster!Students read vignettes about famous failures from WIRED magazine's failure edition. We then talk about how awesome failure is! It's simple and eye-opening. #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:34JannGrade 6Digital books using ShutterflyStudents create digital books with Shutterfly account and share with parents who have the option of only viewing digitally or purchasing. We use it for poetry writing and 'present' to moms on Mother's Day.Works on IPads #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:35TomAP US HistoryRecovering Lost Time on Snow Days Through HangoutsCreate a Google Hangout and invite students (make circles for each of your classes to streamline the process). You can present a lesson just like you would in a classroom and have them ask questions through Today's Meet or similar backchannel communication to prevent them from talking over each other while you teach.

I am going to look into hosting these as review sessions throughout the year this year.

I also run an APUSH Snowman Contest to keep the fun of a snow day going- they Tweet their snowmen (in some sort of historical pose) and then the faculty votes on the best one when we return to school.
My best attended session was a review session with no credit attached. It was one of the top positive comments on my end of the year evaluations (from students)#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:40Kristina HolzweissMiddle School LibraryInventions of Ancient ChinaMy project involves students researching in groups about an important invention developed in Ancient China. They learn how to research, evaluate resources, collaborate, take notes, and cite sources. Each student creates a brochure "selling" their invention as the most important to our lives today. The groups present together about their invention. They also create infomercials.

This project is collaborative, but also allows students the freedom to create on their own, as well as with their peers. Learning is so much richer when it is done together.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:44TraciHS Social StudiesGoogle Maps/PhotospheresUsing the Photospheres app on mobile devices, students create their own photosphere (360 degree pic) of a significant location in our community and upload it to google maps from the app.Students like using the technology, getting out of the building, and seeing other spheres from other places around the world and broaden their cultural experiences.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:45Tiffany TechnologyMath flashHow students can learn math using digital flashcards they create and then share with fellow students. One person's strength can help another classmate's weakness creating their OWN game#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:46MarquittaEmerging Technology#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:08:49Amy WrightHigh School EnglishMark Twain InstagramEach student created an Instagram account as if he/she was Mark Twain. The project was broken down in to three sections. Section one - photos from his life. Section two - photos that retold the story of Huckleberry Finn. Section three - student read a short story of Mark Twains and then created a storyboard using Instagram pictures. Requirement: I assigned a specific number of slides, each slide had to be student created (no images from the internet). They were actual photos the students made and took. My students LOVED this project. There were so many creative ideas. One student made tennis balls as the faces and did all of her storyboards with the tennis ball faces being her characters. #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:07Emily Library/MediaColonial GamesGrade5 Students (with small group) research a game kids played in colonial America. They build the game from recycled materials, write up the rules, and teach their classmates. Then we rotate and play the games. I do this end of May when the are ready to check out. Meanwhile in class they are learning about colonial life.Fun, active and many play the games later at recess#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:07LibrarianSilent MoviesStudents used digital still photography and iMovie to demonstrate each function of the parts of a cell. fun and they learned from it#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:10Nicole GreenAlternatives to dissectionLeap into the digital science classGive students an opportunity to explore non-animal dissection tools by setting up learning stations of iPad apps, realistic models and online links.Hands on activity which is more humane#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:11SamLatinLiterature comparisonTo compare two pieces of literature (we compare Latin originals and a published translation), Students take a screen shot (can be pre-provided) of each, bring them together in one screen on an iPad, then use digital highlighters and markers to find words/phrases that are similar/different. I have used Baiboard and assigned a different page to each student pair, so when they are done, we can project all of them at the same time and discuss. Students like the immediate feedback from their peers.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:14JenBiologyGenetic DisordersStudents research a genetic disorder, then develop an informative website that can be accessed for great information. Then, rather than do a traditional (and boring) presentation about their disorder, students are interviewed by peers, parents and other adult volunteers. Students are serving in the role of a genetic counselor and utilize their website to inform their "patient".An alternative presentation modality...students were so happy to not to have to get up in front of the entire class but rather communicate with other 1 on 1.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:15Mandy FrankeAP English Lang and Lit and Public SpeakingWriting ConferencesWhen students are writing they always have questions and want advice. I have students share their docs with me and I sit at the back of the room and open all their docs on my computer. I instruct students to start writing and any questions they have to type out and put in red. I go through all the docs and give my advice on their writing and move on to the next doc. I sit in the back to make sure all students are on task (so I can see their screen) and it stops me from running all over the classroom which gives me more time to answer questions. It also makes kids figure out how to verbalize their problems which also makes them stronger writers (and stops kids from saying "come here" and then ask a silly question that I didn't need to go over to the deak for). Makes kids less needy, too. #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:35Lisa Cusick2nd gradeHabitat BrouchureStudents use resources like, Worldbook Kids,, SafariMontage videos and more to research their favorite habitat. Then they create a brochure using the Microsoft Word Template.Engaging and Student Interests#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:36Kris WTechnology K-5Digital Pen PalsThis year my colleagues and I had third graders share Google documents with third graders in other buildings in the district in which they interviewed each other and included a self-portrait drawing.Bringing the pen pal concept into the digital age#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:09:48GeriBook clubVictorian tea partyHave students make Victorian book mark calling cards all of their social media contacts. Make one with your information for each person in the club. Did this for a guest author visit where we had a tea party & discussed the authors's book. Awesome author 👍 Amy Rolland / Of Breakable ThingsFun
7/1/2015 12:09:57ValerieComputer Concepts, Grades 6-850 States Using Google SlidesStudents are given one state each to create and share a Google slide about the United States of America. The end result is a 50-slide presentation created with collaboration.Kids are engaged!#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:10:04Michelle5th grade- English & Social StudiesComic Book PresidentsI use the Comic Book app as an assessment to have students demonstrate comprehension of a lesson/topic. One example was creating a comic using information about the U.S. Presidents. The results were creative and often funny satirical versions of our past leaders. The students enjoyed the combination and freedom to create and illustrate the content.It was easy to set up and could be done in 1 class.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:10:07Bethany Mager High School MathChallenge ProblemsI create a Google Doc with a challenging math problem and students work in pairs to solve. Have them then critique each other. Use comments, photos, other apps. Collaborating #NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:10:16Sheila3rd Grade ELAQuote SlidesStudents create individual slide on whole class slideshow. They include quotes to match/describe characters in stories using tech and seeing everyone's ideas#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:10:25Kristie5th GradeShipwrecked!Put a spin on The Age of Exploration by looking at it from the point of view of a shipwreck from the time period. Break students up into groups. Each group will research a shipwreck from The Age of Exploration, gathering information such as the ship's point of origin, route taken, the TREASURE on board (the kids' favorite part), the country sponsoring the journey, etc. Once they've gathered that information, students will create a video newscast about the sinking of their ship by using Green Screen.Incredible amount of student engagement#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:10:50Chris TheijsmeijerMusic/Math/PhysicsWhat's your Digital FootprintStudents choose someone else in the room (from a hat, or friends) and research them online. Their goal is to assemble as much information about the person as they can (pictures, video, newspaper, comments). Assemble this information somehow (google doc, etc) and summarize their findings, including referencing where they found the information. Final result is shared with teacher, (and other student?)
RULE: can't be logged in under any accounts (eg: Friends on Facebook) - all information must be publicly available.
makes digital privacy real, learn about each other, prepare for future#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:10:55GregMathsBoat in the RiverA twist on the old problem of a boat going down the river with and against the current. In this lesson (resources and idea Dan Meyer) Dan films himself going down an escalator (with stop clock) and down stairs, then starts up the "down" escalator - students are asked what questions they have, eventually arriving at the obvious "how long does it take to go up the down escalator". The key question here is "what do you need to know to solve that problem" GREAT question! students work in groups to solve then hold their breathe as we watch the answer. Here it is if that didn't make sense!
A new take on an old problem, students were super engaged and HAD to know the answer. Perplexity was involved :)#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:11:03Jill MathQR CubesUse all of the faces of a cube for a different QR code. Have students (in teams of 2 to 4)roll the cube and scan the facing code with a device which will take them to an activity-- ie. video with questions, link to a practice game, instructions to create some type of document, etc. This will allow students to work on a variety of tasks, utilize their creativity, collaborate with one another and allow me as their teacher to work with each group. At the end of the activity, they will capture their work using a device (recording, video, picture), and digitally share with the class for sharing.
Depending on the lenght/type of activity, students could re-roll the cube and go again!
Students can be creative, I can re-use the QR codes for each unit, etc. #ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:11:09Jamie CastleBiology, AP BiologyBuild a BeastStudents learn the concept of survival of the fittest by creating unique "beasts" that are especially fit for surviving in a randomly generated environment. Then an environmental catastrophe happens! How does the species need to adapt in order to survive in the new environment?Students love creating and writing about their beasts.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:11:09Elise3rd gradeSilent Collaborative Flash ResearchMy students did Flash Research almost weekly. (I stole this idea from Twitter, but I can't remember the name of the person who tweeted it---sorry)
Basic idea is Ss think of a question they want to find the answer for. They google their question, and record what they learned. They had to include an image that MATCHED their question (this was hard for some), the link from the website where they found their answer plus a little more info.
This google doc takes this ides to the next level, The Ss had to chose a partner, share to doc with their partner and work together to complete it WITHOUT TALKING! They had to communicate/collaborate via the chat feature in the google doc! Challenging, but they loved it!
Copy of the Google doc I shared with my Ss via Google Classroom.
This lesson incorporates all of the 4Cs !#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:11:15LoisMath and TechYear End Class BookAt the end of the year, I tried making a google slide presentation assigning each student to their own page to leave comments to each other.The loved doing it and I loved reading their comments#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:11:49Jensocial studies2 voice poemThis idea was borrowed from a conference that I attended. Perspectives of a historical event are frequently different. Students choose an event and write poems in tandem from 2 viewpoints. For example - the Boston Massacre- one may write from the perspective of a British soldier, another will write from the perspective of Samuel AdamsThe students love to discuss how events can be perceived differently.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:12:16Angela Kiser5th ELALitercy MenuI give my students a checklist of the activities they need to complete within two days. It gives them the freedom to complete the tasks in the order they choose. I just provide them a deadline. Practical real world application. Freedom#NotAtISTE15
7/1/2015 12:12:43Jennifer PaulsenEnglish/ReadingGroup Annotation of a TextI have small groups of students annotate their thinking in a copy of a text using the comment function of a google doc. I paste a story, poem, article, or other short text and have them ask questions, from both curiosity and confusion, on the first read. On the second read, they research and answer each other's questions, adding links and highlights for support. On the third read, they choose a specific lens (gender, symbols, etc.) and read for those details. (Comments for 2nd and 3rd read are coded 2 or 3 by the student.) At the bottom of the document, they list topics and questions for Socratic Circle. This is the most powerful close reading that leads to higher order thinking I've ever done!
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Collaborative, deep thinking#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:14:53KyleneEd TechClose Reading and AnnotationCopy and paste a close read into Google Docs and share via Google Classroom as an assignment (make a copy for every student). Have them close read article and annotate with highlighting tools and comments/notes. Students could share one of their copies and collaborate together.They liked annotating online and I didn't have to worry about them not having their materials. It was all saved for them in google drive.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:15:28chantaleslmessyAsk the student what they want to learn' let them investigate and make their own learning proposal with outcome that they WANT to achieve
its about the learner#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:16:48MichalAnatomyGroup presentationsStudents pick a particular disorder/disease of a body system and create a group presentation based on their topic. Students contact experts in the field, create graphs using current data, and present findings to the class.Students are engaged. The rubric keeps them focused. Students use real world application.#ISTE2015
7/1/2015 12:27:22GeriBook clubVictorian tea partyHave students make Victorian book mark calling cards all of their social media contacts. Make one with your information for each person in the club. Did this for a guest author visit where we had a tea party & discussed the authors's book. Awesome author 👍 Amy Rolland / Of Breakable ThingsFun
7/1/2015 14:02:44JoeU.S HistoryNative American Creation Stories
Karly MouraTeacher on Special Assignment (Elementary)Hyperdoc (from Lisa Highfil @lhighfil)Hyperdoc that includes a link to a shared Google Presentation for all stuents to contribute to and comment on each others slides. See examples at @tsgivetsEasy to create and fun for students. Can incorporate multiple Google Apps into one doc with links.#NotatISTE15
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