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I spent this morning with educators from all over the world and I loved it!!! We talked about sites and resources that we can use to help make our lives easier, make our students more engaged and provide a platform for our students to share their work. We met online and we talked, laughed, inspired and engaged one another. Fingers typed out comments in the chatroom, shared examples of student/teacher work and clicked links to register for new online tools. It was a good morning.
It started out with a freestyle rap from the musical guest Jason Levine @FluencyMC. He reminded us that it is okay to be silly. It is okay to laugh. It is okay to do something that might get you laughed at. My 11 year old daughter laughed at the man on the screen rapping to her about … foolishness as he tried to rhyme words that were thrown out to him. But she also recognized the power that having this sense of the absurd can have in a classroom with a teacher who is willing to connect with students and promote learning.
Next up was the keynote speaker, Steven Anderson and his two girls. His two girls were not actually presenting with him but they were discussed as a reminder to all of us that we must teach to our children in the ways and using the methods that they have become accustomed to using. Even if that means we have to be willing to purchase an iPad Pottyseat. *(Not that anyone is saying that we, parents or teachers, will actually need to buy one but it is important to realize that technology has become so ingrained in our lives that … it will be a purchase made by many.) Steven helped to continue the conversation about the reasonableness of telling them to totally shut offf their devices when at school. Last week, I laughed at the young Chrisley children, Savannah and Chase, when they melted down when their dad took their phones. They were serious when they said that they wake up in the mornings expecting to see their friend, their cellphone, on their pillow. If a cellphone is their friend, how are they supposed to act when we rip them away!?!?!?
The Inspire Presentations were 5 minute sessions in which we talked about sessions we presented at Reform Symposium 4 or sessions that we intend to present at Reform Symposium 5. We heard from:
André J. Spang, Germany, @Tastenspieler
Title: Be a Maker not a taker!
Sue Beckingham, UK, @SueBecks
Title: Why you need a professional online presence and how to do it!
Eva Buyuksimkesyan, Turkey, @Evab2001
Title: Flip Quiz
Sylvia Guinan, Greece, @ESLBrain
Title: Brainfriendly ways to help students memorise language creatively
Matthew Miller, Egypt, @matthewm1970
Title: Playing to RAMP up learning
Paige Hale, US
Title: Working together: Apps and tools for collaboratively building students’ writing skills
Valerie Burton, US, @MsBisOnline
Title: Publish your ePortfolio using Weebly
Jackie Gerstein, US, @JackieGerstein
Title: STEAM and Maker Education: Inclusive, Engaging, Self-Differentiating
Here is a PDF file of our presentation slides.
We closed out today’s day of learning with a Smackdown session in which we took 2 minutes to show off tools, sites and resources that we think of as ‘must haves.’ Some of the sites that we shared were ThingLink, Smore, Google World Calendar, PrintFriendly, Tagboard, Kidblog and NewsEla. Here are slides from that share session.
All in All, it was a good morning. I spent time with my online friends talking, sharing and being inspired. Can’t wait for the 2nd mini-con on May 4th, 2014 and the next Reform Symposium Conference, RSCON5, that will take place July 11-13th, 2014 and feature 60+presentations, 2 plenaries, 10 keynotes, student presenters, a tech/app/lesson smackdown, and the EdInspire Awards Ceremony.
Thanks so much to Conference Organizers:
Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Peggy George, Chiew Pang, Marcia, Lima, Steve Hargadon and Amy Brinkley
Here are slides from my LACUE 2013 Presentation
Tech + CCSS = Engagement
Integrating technology into your classes can help to cover Common Core State Standards.
Many tech tools can aid students in reading and connecting with written and visual text.
Key Ideas and Details
R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the visual or written text.
R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a visual or written text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a visual or written text.
Craft and Structure
R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a visual or written text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word or image choices shape meaning or tone.
R.5 Analyze the structure of visual or written texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
R.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a visual or written text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a visual or written text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
R.9 Analyze how two or more visual or written texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Text Types and Purposes
W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing
W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Range of Writing
W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences
Comprehension and Collaboration
SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
SL.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) is an online worldwide event that took place this weekend, October 11th – 13th. Shelly Terrell invited me to present and it was awesome. October is Connected Educator Month and The Future of Education hosted the conference online in Blackboard Collaborate webinar rooms. It was a great experience to be a part of this awesome group of educators.
In my session Saturday morning, I shared with people from Texas, Amsterdam, Australia, Africa and elsewhere in the world. How great is it that we have the opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the world?
My weekend has been one filled with tons of great, inspirational moments. I will be taking the next couple of days to process and make changes in my life and my classroom.
Here are some of the tweets from today
‘Tis the season to present…. fa-la-la-la-laaaaaa-la-la-la-la
I really do believe that to blog is to share and to learn. I love being able to present, blog, share and learn/teach.
Shelly Sanchez Terrell offered me the opportunity to present at this year’s 4th annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON), I was awe-struck when I received her invite because I have followed her for so long and I was giddy to realize that she thought enough about what I do to deem me a valuable educational resource. I will be sharing the importance and ease of creating ePortfolios using Weebly.com. I found this tweet from July, 2010 in which I shared the schedule for that year’s conference.
How cool is that? 3 years later and I will be one of the presenters who will (hopefully) inspire someone to share the conference so that others can benefit from these amazing resources. Whoo Hoo!!!! I am feeling just a little awesome and geeked out but lovvvvving it!!!
I am currently scheduled to present at the Louisiana Council of Teachers of English Convention.
Conference dates: Friday, November 1, 2013
Conference location: Northwestern State University Friedman Student Union, Natchitoches
I will be demonstrating ways to increase the engagement level of students as they connect with text in their classes. My presentation will focus on the need to provide students with opportunities to think and discuss ideas and themes within and beyond the text.
How? By creating assignments that require students to answer pre-reading questions, read (and re-read, if lucky) text while taking notes/annotating, share their notes and questions during shared inquiry discussions and post-discussion writing.
My proposals for presenting at the Texas Computer Using Educators Association’s Convention. I will be presenting at the TCEA 2014 Convention & Exposition, February 3-7, 2014, in Austin, Texas. I will be sharing ways to connect through
PLNs and ways to engage students using technology in the classroom. I have presented both of these sessions in the past but I feel that they are topics that must be shared and re-shared regularly because they are so important.
Session Title: Are You Online and Connected?
When: 05/Feb/2014, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Where: Room 5C
Session Title: 30 students + Computers = Engagement
When: 06/Feb/2014, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: Room 8A
Closer to home, I have submitted a proposal for LACUE. I hope to be accepted. I want to share with other Louisiana Educators ways to integrate technology into their lessons. Session: Tech + CCSS = Engaging Lessons
Description: What does it look like when you integrate technology into your Common Core classroom?
~Google Docs to activate background knowledge.
~Piclits to identify tone.
~Wikis to examine author’s style.
~Blogs to analyze and reflect upon text.
~Padlet to post questions about nonfiction.
‘Tis the month to connect…. fa-la-la-la-laaaaaa-la-la-la-la
Presenting is my way of connecting with the world and sharing what I do with others. It has always been important to me to show teachers and students what can be done in the classroom if you are willing to try out new tools and open the doors and windows of the classroom. Some of what we do is ‘good’ and some of what we do is merely ‘mediocre.’ Either way,
I hope to inspire and encourage.
Click here to see the Live Classroom 2.0 blog post that features my presentation.
Here is a Smore Poster that I created for Weebly.com ePortfolios
Here are the Presentation slides for this webinar
http://msbisonline.weebly.com/weebly-for-eportfolios.html (Exemplars to examine)
My 12/31 slice
This year we have some t-shirts to spread around as give-aways.
Why? Because I want to spread the word. I want someone to put on this t-shirt next month and smile about the session that I facilitated about using Weebly.com to create websites, or Paula’s session about Edmodo, or Tinashe’s session about iPads, or any number of informative and insightful education related conversations they had on July 7th at our Free Day of Learning.
EdCamps are such a powerful vehicle for learning that I want to make sure that we grow them in this area. I want schools Jefferson Parish to hold EdCamps for subject matter teachers, I want RSD schools to host EdCamps to collaborate and develop system wide projects, I want ACSA to host EdCamps to develop cross-curricular activities to benefit the students. I want Louisiana Educators to embrace the notion that nobody knows what teachers want better than the teachers themselves, so… let them decide what to be Professionally Developed about.
Have you thought about having your students publish ePortfolios? If so, let me help you design student ePortfolios for your class. Using screenshots and how to videos we can create templates for your students to follow and create work that they will be proud of for years to come. Your students will be able to house essays, photos, digital stories, presentations and videos on the ePortfolio so that parents, teachers, employers and the community at large can enjoy their publications.