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Great Gadgets with Leslie Fisher @ ISTE 2010

@ Websites and software
google voice,

@ Digital cameras
Sony cybershot HX1, HX5V
Be sure you are using a professional rated card for speed – free for nonprofit
Kodak Zi8
Sony Bloggie

@ Video, Audio, Portability
Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick
Eye TV Hybrid
Sling box

@ Apps
Proloquo 2 Go
Star Walk
iStudiez Pro
iPad cases – DODO case, quirky,com,

@ The Next “Thing”

@ Portable gadgets
Virtual laser keyboard
Wifi detection tshirt
Northface surge

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7 steps to flatten your classroom @ ISTE 2010

Kaizen = Japanese for slow steady improvement
“you cannot step in the same river twice”

1. Connect – (connect yourself) pull using an RSS feeder, set your browser start page for serendipitous learning, PLN, use tablet sized device, create and maintain a media diet, handheld devices, social bookmarking, join online conversions, networking organizations. (connect your classroom) analyze your context, understand site blocking, work with curriculum, it’s not what your blocking its what your bringing in, teachers as entrepreneurs who customize the classroom for their students – teacherprenuership, 5 phases to connect the classroom – intra, inter, managed global (epals), student to student with teacher management, student to student with student management. Essential connectivity tools – appt scheduler- timebridge, google calendar, google docs, Ning, wikispaces, elimuminate, weebly.
2. Communicate – synchronous and asynchronous environments
3. Citizenship – digital citizen, responsible,the norms of behavior with regard to technology use, stress professionalism, have a procedure for documenting issues, 3 steps to be a digiteacher (on ppt).
4. Contribute and collaborate – be present online, develop strategies to gauge online participation, like a wiki history, cooperation versus collaboration, consider which global collaboration level you can function on night now.
5. Choice – if helen Keller was in your school would she become helen Keller? Keys in on differentiation, needs to be more than just text based, the tech you choose should address different learning styles.
6. Create – gave an example from Westside HS in Houston!
7. Celebrate – new fiends, new achievements, new accomplishments, new understandings, students create a 2 minute jpeg for an elluminate celebration

Notes from related session…
Flat Classroom birds of a feather session > ISTE 2010
Possible topics
@ Stereotypes
@ Ethics, personal integrity, culture
@ Global issues, global problems
@ Embracing diversity, focus on commonalities
*focus on more content, less culture

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Posted by on June 30, 2010 in venturing out of the cube


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Asynchronous mastery learning in a hybrid classroom @ ISTE 2010

Lots of positives to brick and mortar, some drawbacks as well
Good stuff about online, problems arise as well

Perhaps a blended model is best – take the best of both worlds

If you are going to go hybrid perhaps we need to look at the problems that are occurring, what are the behaviors/strategies that work best in both situations and bring them together? Could this work in HISD? Is it possible to blend?
Key – identify what you want to eliminate and what you want to enhance.

The face to face should have value, if they. Can get it on a podcast then do they really need to be in class physically present? So what do we do live? These guys haven’t done a live lecture in 3 years, they precast all their lectures.

By doing this they recapture time that they used vodcasting, the guided or independent activity can be twice as long! More activity when the lecture is vodcasted. *amazing, a teacher using this said that she no longer has to perform 5 times a day, she gets to know her students and really coach.

They have data that shows growth.

Distribution – district server, iTunes,, teacher tube, flash drives, DVDs, cell phones

Next, they developed a mastery level – kids can work asynchronously at their own place. What happens when they are done in April? They’ve earned time to work on other stuff. I wonder if it would be possible to have way stations, places where they all stop and meet before moving on.

How do you check if they watched the podcast. They decided they that check their notes and then the student has to ask an interesting question about the content.

Kids liked it because it is backwards, the lecture is done at home and the homework is done at school hare a teacher is there to help.

Beginning unit the give them a student checklist and they use a master teacher checklist. They use moodle to give different tests to the kids, tests must be done in class.


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Podcasting and mobile media @ ISTE 2010

Podcasting and Mobile Media > ISTE 2010

Back channel :

The tech chicks are here from a favorite podcast of mine techchicktips! Kinda cool.

Mobile media, a fluid environment which information us conveyed and learning is accomplished.

First segment on why cell phones are great – problem is they are preaching to the converted. The conversation needsj to happen with other audiences that might effect higher level change

Second segment on podcasting, must have content in which someone can subscribe by RSS, not the same as posting an audio file. * good info but the presenter is talking at a VERY low level to the audience. Focus on content and production.
Examples: always on, tech chick tips

Editorial notes: the session looked promising but ended up being a beginners session, perhaps it was listed as such in the program, I try to not sit in on a session that doesn’t match my level. The back channel was fun though.


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Next Generation Professional Development @ ISTE 2010

Next Generation Professional Development : Learning about Teaching and Visa Versa
> ISTE 2010

Chris Dede Harvard University

Emerging info technologies are reshaping the core challenges we face, often what students do outside of classroom looks much more like 21st century learning than what is done in the classroom.

What is educational transformation? (reminds me of scheckty)

Automation versus amplification -expert decision making (what happens when normal decision making breaks down?) and complex communication * how many times do we ask students to do this in class? It is argued that these two skills will be the only thing left that machines don’t do better!

Video –

21st century tools for work – based on video clip
Life size telepresence with translation
Digital ink
Wall size holographic surfaces
Flat digital mouse

Creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users = web 2.0; sharing thinking, co-creating, need to focus on web readiness, most things can be searched and found in less than a minute.

Encyclopedia britanica versus wikipedia example – shared standards, knowledge is basically seen as debate, when the argument is over then the entry stands

Henry Jenkins framework for new literacies –

We can’t always give knowledge but we can give skills that will be relevant, the industrial school model might not work anymore.

@ Teachers teach as they were taught
@ The focus isn’t technology use, but changes in intent, pedagogy, assessment and learning outside schools
@ Continuous peer learning is the best strategy for long term improvement

Collaborative problem resolution via mediated interaction – each person with different expertise, find problem, comprehend as team, make meaning out of complexity

Situational learning and transfer versus academic learning – classrooms seem divorced from situation learning.

Immersive learning – multi user virtual environments, virtual reality, ubiquitous computing

If we were really good at formative assessment we wouldn’t need summative assessment.


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CDW @ ISTE 2010

The 2010 CDW-G 21st Century Classroom Report > ISTE 2010
Preparing students for the Future or the Past?

This session will be sharing the results of a report that was released yesterday, the panel has colorado, new york, DC, new mexico

#cdw as a hash tag to tweet

1,000 hs students, hs faculty and district IT

43% say hs is not preparing them to use technology to the workforce
94% anticipate using technology to complete assignments

DC – focuses on digital citizenship – preparing them for life, not college
NM – educational technologist in every school in the district
NY – 3 ways students tell them what they want – surveys/focus group, student technology groups, 4 credit class

do we ask teachers what their technology vision is in HISD? what would be the results? do you think we are meeting their needs? are they informed enough to address those types of questions? how realistic are the methods of getting that type of information in a district our size?

CO – wireless access is critical
NM – gathering data from teachers is easy, the hard part is the PD associated with the tech

the data from the study shows that there is a discrepancy in student and teachers responses to the extent technology is integrated in the classroom. *no real surprise there, is it possible that this is due to differing definitions of what technology integration looks like?

NM – we need to do a better job of using the technologies kids already use that might be uncomfortable for educators (his answers have been spot on!)
NY – he sees a thread in the report – there is a disconnect between what we think we are doing and what students perceive we are doing – it’s about meeting their needs and he sees 1-1 being an attainable goal for his district which is middle of the road in terms of SES

How do we offer the PD that teachers need?
DC – send teachers to conferences, also get together and learn from each other and share. also try to create digital content online for parents to see how students are using technology. *answer doesn’t offer me much help
NY – tier professional development, menu driven, suited to individual needs, lots of session about evaluating tech and look at the pedagogy behind it. does it fit in my classroom? most teachers don’t learn the same way students – text based methods, etc., most important thrust is teaching teachers how to learn differently so they can start to understand that PPT on IWB and google searches IS NOT technologically learning. better to plug in to a class in south america with personal learning goals. its a huge paradigm shift. *excellent answer!

idea: what if we brought teachers in and asked them to used digital tools to explore content that is their passion area? find blogs, etc. would they make the connection to what they should be providing for their kids? we do some of this already by including tools seamlessly into our professional learning, perhaps we should take another step?

what are the keys to integrating technology in your schools?
NY – 21st century skills, beyond tech, are not being taught in the schools. PD is 3 tiered 1st 21st century skills, 2nd is ??, 3rd is social networking to improve your own learning.

biggest disconnect are the technology tools being used in personal lives versus educational use. goal is to leverage the tools they already use. example: social media. how do we tap in to those opportunities? can we set ground rules?
DC – they use a responsible use policy
NY – they don’t block social media tools, they have back channel chat in classes, students believe that is one of the best learning tools they have implemented in terms of 1 to 1. *this sounds great, but since HISD does not have a 1-1 environment, can we use back channels? are teachers willing to trust the use of these tools?
CO – lots of tools are in direct conflict with district policy of disruptive technology, so there needs to be discussions about how to reconcile this, there is a mixed message being sent out.

why no females on the panel?

When students were asked what one tech do you believe would be most useful in your eduction? computing device, e-reader, digital content were the top 3 answers.

DC – no teaching background, is that a good idea to announce that to the group? i don’t mean in terms of honesty, but i have to admit that when someone does that, it compartmentalizes them in terms of how i will receive their message having never been “in the trenches”

how do we support teachers and their tech needs?
NY – shake things up and ask for the school budget and calculate how much is spent in specific tech areas that could be replaced, we have to show the decision makers that it is a sustainable way to save money – verizon partnered with them to provide free internet service to all students on free/reduced lunch
CO – be mindful of those who don’t have computers and internet at home

*interesting session – it might appeal to a more less ed tech technology person than a professional development person, but it was interesting to see the stats and validate what we probably all thought.



Dissecting the 21st century teacher @ISTE2010

Dissecting the 21st century teacher > ISTE 2010

Two things are very cool and this session hasn’t even started yet, it is a panel discussion which is a nice break from the norm, and they handed out student response clickers (quizdom) before they began. Looking forward to some fresh conversation…

What is one and am I one? This was done all through social networking. Hopefully we will come away with some ideas.

Began with panel introductions. I bet it’s hard to be humble when up in front of a large group. Everyone has their laptops open and we are being asked to tweet. Cool.

21st century teacher = progressive teacher, I missed the title exactly, dang.

Integrating technology was NOT chosen as the key characteristic of the 21st century teacher, interesting. I bet we would all agree that while not most important, it needs to be present. How many people would have chosen that on your campus? I chose innovative, while I could have gone with all of the above, i decided to make a choice and not bail out and play it safe.

Should tech integration be conscious and deliberate? I say yea, it won’t happen spontaneously. If Jukes is right, we had better attend to it.

What’s most important for educators to do outside the classroom? I say seek out learning experiences. Technically it embodies all the other answers, but i like the broadness of this choice as it will be different for different teachers. Is being an advocate for the kids personals enough to be considered teacher learning? Perhaps I’m just mincing words.

Full disclosure – this was the first session that I REALLY worked the Twitter back channel. Lots of fun commenting on others and having others comment on my tweets. I was actually part of a very rare retweet 🙂

Presenter had a great point, it’s easy to complain, it’s harder to find a work around. It’s a crutch and we should be embarrassed if that stops us from engaging our kids.

It’s not fair to say the transition to a 21st century classroom is easy, it diminishes the effort of those who are working hard to make that change. Who said that nothing worth achieving should be easy? It applies here as well.

What resources are available for a teacher to be 21st century? Teachers are great at being resourceful, this situation is no exception.

It’s nice to be part of the a thinking session. We spend lots of time scouring conferences for magic bullets.

What advice would you give an educator to take that next step? Good question. It’s important to get connected, read blogs, join Twitter, listen to podcasts. Immerse yourself and don’t feel like its not going to happen immediately. Don’t be afraid to take risks and experience potential failures.

Tremendous session, great food for thought.


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