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This conference was one of the most informative and best conferences I have ever attended. I was exposed to a large number of Google Add-ons, extensions, apps, and so on. I will be writing a full post in the near future but I wanted to get something started. Even though I have been learning a lot I know there are things that I didn't get exposed to... So I am asking for help, please fill out the form below sharing some of the cool things you learned so I can learn more and include it in my final post.
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A few months ago I reached out to the art teachers at Davis Middle School and asked if they would be willing to do a flipped lesson on Renaissance art. I provided the three art teachers, 7 Hoerath, Lyndsey Beard, and Erin Gottren with a very brief outline of things that Garth and I wanted covered. They divided the topics up amongst themselves and gave me a good time and date to start the recording. Fast forward to a few days later Garth and I have our video chat pulled up and we talk through the final outline and begin filming. We used a smartboard to project the picture, an HD camera with a tripod to record the lesson, iMovie for minimal editing, and Zaption to add questions for students to answer during the lessons. You can watch the three lessons by clicking on the links below.
Sistine Chapel: http://zapt.io/t9eqkxmc
Mona Lisa: http://zapt.io/t5faq2q
Last Supper: http://zapt.io/tcakyy9p4
Thank you to 7, Lyndsey, and Erin for being great educators and helping us teach our students about Renaissance art. You all did a fantastic job!
In honor of teachers everywhere. Lets crowd-source a list of awesome people and share it with the world. Add people you know...add yourself!!! Teachers need recognition!!! Watch the list grow, below. Thanks to everyone in the education field that supports student owned learning!
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My first year teaching was 2007. This coming August I find myself transitioning to another new job. I will be Technology Director for Independence Local Schools. This position has remained vacant for several years in the district and I am tasked with creating momentum, growth and reshaping teaching and learning. It is a successful district with a fair amount of technology (already), the ambition to try innovative teaching with that technology and the desire to place a device in the hand of every student. I am excited. Very excited. This district is asking me to come and inspire change. To be a leader. To do all of the things myself, Garth and Travis have tried so hard to do for students.
I know there will be administrative duties and responsibilities. I also know that there will be failures and set backs and agnst. My career goal has never changed, even in the face of oppression and opposition. I have changed philosophies, updated my own beliefs and evolved as a human being over the last eight years.
One concept that has always elluded me is "The Lesson Plan". I have filled out 100s of lesson plan templates, toyed with the SAMR model and fudged in adjectives to sentencs to reach those different levels of Bloom (you know you have to). I was just reading an article by Trevor Shaw about problems with the SAMR model. I agree with his points, but I do not think he took it far enough. You see the problem with all these models is the "Big Word" dilema. Everyone wants to coin a phrase, create an accryonm, sound smarter than they need to sound. Why? I think most just want to be able to charge $10,000 a day to talk about their models and big words. Others might think by using a thesaurs to change some words that have been used for a century that they are somehow leaving their mark on education. Still others are just so damn smart they can't relate to teachers in the classroom.
So below is my "working model" of the future of lesson planning. This template isn't about cliches, catch words, technology, blended learning, flipped learning or any of that stuff. I want to create a simple template that puts learning first, kids second and teachers third. I want anyone to be able to understand how Garth, Travis and mysel think when we are creating lessons. It can be used for PD (just change some names) or just use it for Tuesday's lesson.
What I really want is to work in some crowd-sourced improvments. The only stipulation is that it has to say simple and generic. It must be approachable, free to use and easy to share. Oh yeah, don't try and make an acronym out of this. It isn't supose to be ironed onto shirts or made into flip cards.
*If this does become famous, this blog post is my copyright so I can become rich and famous and go around ranting on a national level about how I have solved education and no one will listen..or sell it to Pearson and buy a small island ;)
After reading some more on this software a few things to keep in mind:
1. They only house online recordings for a few months (so the recording below will not play in a month or two)
2. If you want to save your work, be sure to download as you make it or very soon afterwards.
3. No limit on time recording....that is good news.
And if that wasn't enough we realized that you could connect a computer or an iPad to the board and it worked seamlessly. A few weeks ago Garth and I had talked about doing a flipped classroom using ExplainEverything but I liked the idea of us being able to manipulate the board together. So I revisited BaiBoard to see if it could solve our problem which I am happy to report it did! The video below is a screen recording of us playing with BaiBoard. In the video you will hear what tools we used to make everything work and what things we discovered along the way. We plan to conduct our first flipped classroom with it in the next few weeks so check back in to see how it worked. As always if you have any questions or comments please let us know.
When I get back on Wednesday, I am joining an outstanding group of teachers from all over North America in a free Webinar "Experienced Voices". The following is from the Powerful Learning Practices website, the host of the webinar. Click the image below for the full post from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. I hope you can join us April 1st (No joke), it should be an insightful learning experience for everyone involved.
What is the Experienced Voices webinar?
Since we only had a limited amount of time we finished the conversation with the first class and moved on to the next. We followed the same pattern in all of the classes we visited and though some were quicker to recognize him there was no doubt all of the students were excited to see him. One of my favorite interactions was when Garth entered the last classroom he saw a young lady who is working on a project with one of his students. Garth said to the student, “Hey, Rose (name changed for confidentiality) wants to talk to you about the project. She asks me every day when she can talk to you again” We have had a hard time getting the two girls to talk with the amount of obstacles in the past few weeks. But, when he told Joy (the student from Davis) that Rose was asking about her the smile that came across her face was amazing. I am glad Garth was able to meet the students and am really excited in the possibility of the two schools doing a field trip at the beginning of next year for the students to meet in person.
About a month later I got the opportunity to go visit Garth and his students at Beachwood. While I was there I got to talk with the students as they worked on their blog post for either the Crusades or the Magna Carta. It was awesome seeing the variety of ways they were choosing to demonstrate their knowledge. Some students were singing a parody, some were making a thinglink, while others were simply writing a story as if they were living through the time period. I didn't realize until I started writing this post how much it felt like I already knew the students and they already knew me the instant I walked into that room. It was like we had seen each other all year on a big screen or something. Who knows maybe next year we will be able to take our students on a field trip to meet one another.
Today I got to talk with Ben Shinabery, executive director of The Dick&Jane Project. This is an awesome project, down in Columbus Ohio aimed at making songwriters out of middle school students. This quote from Ben sums up the project: "The Dick & Jane Project gives young people the confidence to know that their words can impact people beyond the classroom walls in a very real way". So cool to see someone, whom is not in the classroom, making teaching our kids for something more than grades his life-pursuit. Check out their Youtube channel and The Dick&Jane Website too!