Mike and I started getting tweets about two months ago from second graders in Huston, TX. They were asking us questions about what makes a hero, who was a hero and where to learn about different people they thought were heroes. Mike and I had a great time tweeting back and forth with these 7 year olds. When the tweets stopped we thought it was over, until last night. The tweet to the left came in. I have included their video and several exchanges of our tweets below.
Technology makes is possible to communicate and connect with people all over the world. To think Mike, Sara Wilkie and I were able to "talk", share ideas, and help them move forward is something that could not have happened just a few years ago. If all teacher "connected" beyond their walls how might education change? The connection is possible, but do we have the courage to try?
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!
A few months ago I had the opportunity to give an IdeaTalk at IdeaStream of Cleveland WVIZ. The goal was to take a few of the education leaders in northeast Ohio, give them 1 slide and 5 minutes to inspire teachers at the end of a technology conference. So here is the thing; all four of us are seasoned presenters and teachers. We should have all been perfectly calm talking to a group of our peers. Instead, we were all nervous. Index Cards and cell phones became our prompts to keep us on task. Maybe it was the cameras, or the short time frame, whatever the case, I think all of us felt (a little) under-prepared. I went last. After listening to the Jeremy, Ryan and Jon, I decided to scrap my original plan and wing it. See, we all focus on technology integration in the classroom and how we need to change teaching & learning. All three guys spoke very well about the changing role of technology, the teacher and the amazing things they have seen students accomplish. The crowd was into it. But as I watched for body language, I really felt like almost no one really knew where to start. They all had this "this is so awesome, but I can't do something that amazing" kind of look on their face. I decided to break down what we are all really talking about when we talk about changing education. Garth and I have said for a long time that the real secret to what we do is not technology, but empathy. So I spoke about teachers going back to their rooms to inspire their students.
Presenting without Garth is always difficult, so I think I would have sounded smarter with him there...but I think I got my message across. By-the-way, it is always interesting to see how you fidget when you speak in public :). Below my video is the entire playlist. They make awesome sense when you watch them in order. Thanks to @brueckj23 @MrMacRaild @theipodteacher for putting yourselves out there with me.
Today, Travis and I were listening to a Presentation on Renaissance art. The idea was to have to people who know Art better then we do, explain the changes occurring in art during the Renaissance. We will do a post on it later--with the video and Zaption we will make out of the presentation for our students to use.
What was cool and surprising to me was when one of the guests mentioned the Google Art Project. I wanted to take a closer look and was very glad I did.
Here is the link: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/project/art-project
I am sure I will write a longer post, but in 5 minutes I was hooked. You can do a lot with this online art museum--that taps the collections of many Art Museums around the world for online display. Check it out and let me know what you think!
Just check out the detail you can get on Albrecht Durer's "Hare" from 1502!
Good morning. In about three hours, Garth and I are going to chat live, in the first ever "Innovators in Education" web series. This series of conversations with great people in education is being filmed at the NORT2H green-screen studio and is made possible because of a grant from the NORD Family Foundation. Click the image or the link below to watch live. I will post a link to the recorded video, via YouTube, later today.
Just thought I would add a few images of the studio that was used for this interview.
Hello and welcome to Beachwood. Mike and I are looking forward to today's presentations. Links and slide shows are below for our presentations. Follow us on twitter at @garthholman and @professormike1
Feel free to travel all over the website as we present or follow along with us as we take you on tour of our classrooms.
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Fun Formative Assessment
1. Join PearDeck
2. Understand how it can be used to change teaching and learning
3. Play a quick Kahoot on the session
Fun Formative Assessment: click here to join our PearDeck.
Tutorial to build a PearDeck see this link: http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/home/can-peardeck-change-teaching-and-learning-maybe
Click here to create an account. This link will provide you with a pro version for 60 days to text and will revert to the free account then.
1. Five minute overview: What is Zaption?
2. Create your accounts
3. Built at least one Zaption for use next week with your students.
4. Leave a link to your live Zaption as a comment to this post.
Those that joined remotely could hear us speaking and open a new tab to see the pushed presentation in Peardeck. These remote students could answer questions in Peardeck and I as the presenter in Akron then shared my screen and they could read all other student's responses. After the 1 hour and 30 minutes class, we had 129 interactions.
I will point out, that on the "exit" pass several of them had one common complaint. Which was that they could not ask a direct question without us pushing them that option in peardeck. But overall is was a big success. At least I think it was. Have a warm safe week. Garth
Thank you for trenching through the snow and attending the Dublin Literacy Conference today.
I have included screenshots of today's Peardeck so everyone can refer back to it later.
The best part of the day was seeing and hearing the students talk about the different tools they have used throughout the school year. If you have any questions about the tools the students highlighted please feel free to contact me in the comment section, on twitter @DMSArmstrong or email email@example.com.
Here are some resources and tutorials you may want to take a look at.
Check out the Zaption tutorial below
RSA on India https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9Sd1CYi-yA
Medieval News Station https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HtHqa8vqMk
Blog Pals meet http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/home/dublin-comes-to-beachwood-via-skpyeblog-buddies-meet
View the conversation between blog pals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3wraXP642s
Kahoot across distance http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/home/kahoot-via-skype-distance-gaming
Connecting classes http://www.teachersfortomorrow.net/home/making-new-online-friends-virtual-classroom-with-dublin-ohio