Since I'm a GA at UNI, I spent most of the time during vendor sessions working at the UNI IT booth. We told people about the Masters Cohort beginning in 2014.
|Yours truly moving stuff around to organize the booth. I like neatness.|
|Snapping pic of some teachers who used our QR code to register for the raffle|
|All work and no play is no fun! We had to get a couple of pics in. :)|
On Monday the best session I went to was about the Flipped classroom. An art teacher showed us how she was using iPads to teach her students. Here's a few of the notes I took:
- Map out positions for video use age so that all students can see.
- Doing videos prior to can save money and resources. Teacher only has to demonstrate once. But can show video multiple times.
- Showing the video saves time and can introduce what students will do. The video can be a guide that plays during activities for students. It can play for absent students to let them make up work. It can be played by a substitute when you are absent.
- First time, have students watch the whole process. Second time, watch and do along with video.
- This can remind them of what the requirements are and how to do it.
I went to a session given by Dane Barnes, "10 skills the modern teacher must have." It was inspired by an article on Edudemic http://www.edudemic.com/the-10-skills-modern-teachers-must-have/. He broke down each skill and made it real and relatable. One of the BEST things he said that is still stuck in my head is, "If you don't volunteer, you will be volun-told." Aye-MEN!
Some of the notes from this session:
10 skills the modern teacher must have
- Build your PLN
- Establish real relationships
- Understand where technology fits in education
- Know how to find useful resources
- Follow edudemic on twitter
- Follow @mcleod @cybraryman1
- Look up the SAMR model (SAMR-I... I am going to SAMR. Be a ninja)
- Go to edcamp in March.
- Check out pen.io
- Blog correctly. No therapy blogging for teachers...... Don't do it.
- Slow down. You don't have to do everything at once.
- Make social media work for you.
- Manage your online reputation.
- MANAGE your social media contracts
- Don't be afraid to fail.
- If at first you don't succeed, it's obviously impossible." Dane Barnes
- Failure pays the bills. If students got it the first time and didn't fail, we wouldn't have jobs.
- Know when to unplug.
Kathy Shrock's session was not as good as I thought it was going to be. I didn't particularly want to sit and watch someone sit and read off of a Powerpoint presentation. She gave us some good resources to use, but Blah and Blech. Booorrrrinng.
In contrast, Jeff Utecht delivered an AWESOME keynote address. #W00t! I was motivated to get out into the world and DO something. I want to help students release their fear of failure so that they can experience success. This video is a prime example. This little guy knew that failure was very likely going to happen, but he was okay with that because he knew that success was right around the corner.
Utecht's "50 Free Apps" session was really worth attending. He told us so many tips and tricks that would make life in all of Google's domains so much easier. My email inbox hasn't been the same since.
The food was good. I mean that. As a fat kid, things like that matter. I was expecting to have sandwiches, chips, salad, cookies, and the standard tea and lemonade... you know, typical conference lunch fare. I have to give it to the committee, they did well. There was a yummy chicken dish with tasty veggies on Monday. Tuesday was roast beef with more tasty veggies and some potatoes. Oh! And Cheesecake! :)