Mike Montague, in his Keynote session, explained paradigm change comes when someone shows us something better. The rest of the day was just that: educators sharing ideas/tools in effort to show a better education.
Eric Langhorst shared these Google Geo Tools:
If you are interested in learning more and “geeking out” with Google Geo Tools look for upcoming 2015 dates for the Google Geo Teachers Institute.
Jill Watkins shared One-to-One Integration & Deployment Tips:
- Start with pedagogy, not the tool
- Create a framework: Goals, Results, Pillars
- Make simple shifts
- Model strategies in PD
Anna Garcia shared Kansas City Public Library Digital Offerings:
- Overdrive (E-books, audiobooks)
- Hoopla (Music, Movies, TV Shows, Audiobooks
- Freegal (Music)
- Zinio (Magazines)
- Comicsplus (E-comics)
These are all free downloads (with a library card).
Tracey Kracht shared about thinking big and starting small For an Authentic Audience:
- Socratic Seminars – Inner circle engaged with experts. Outer circle engaged with backchannel conversation.
- Writing for the real world – YouTube video reviews & thumbs up/down voting
- Learning scientific method – high school “science mentors” for elementary students via FaceTime
- Blogging & commenting, including “digital parent volunteers” and reference credit
Wil Codilla shared how we can Create Tomorrow’s Classroom Today:
- Google Cultural Institute
- Google Views
- Google Sky
- 3D Printing: creating simple machines, engineering concept, maps, historical artifacts, book scenes, math manipulatives, portraits, animals replicas, science experiments, etc.
- Skype (virtual field trips and bringing in experts)
- Google Cardboard (virtual reality)
Jonathan Bacon shared how to Bring Awesomeness to Your Classroom:
**Feel free to access my full conference notes.