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Central Coast Teacher Tech Challenge Day

It may be gray and dreary outside, but inside Cal Poly’s Cotchett Education Building the ideas are shining! Today is Central Coast Teacher Tech Challenge Day (#ccttcd2014). What an awesome day!

The day began with Holly Clark giving us an inspirational talk. She challenged us to actively engage ALL students. She reminded us that engaged students are talking, moving, collaborating. Holly also brought up the fact that collaboration isn’t Student A does part 1, Student B does part 2, and then coming together to report out the information. Collaboration is working TOGETHER on a joint project. A great example she cited was Mystery Skypes/Hangouts. Students work together, as a class, to discover where in the US another class might be.

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We then went off to our sessions. What made this different from others I have been to, is that 1 session contained 2 presentations. The presentations were paired to compliment one another. My first session was on Blogging. I was paired with Teacher Hovey and Teacher Townshead, who shared about music in the classroom, and the different tools that could be used. Each presentation lasted about 20 min, with 10 min at the end for Q & A.

Finally Dr. Beverly Young spoke about CCSS and Next Generation Science Standards. A brief history of the new standards was given. She went on to state that assessment should be an extension of the learning process, this is what SBAC was designed to be. Dr. Young pointed out that students will be tested on a new assessment based on a curriculum in which they have had little experience with (1 year in many cases). She posed the question, how long will it take us to see the results of CCSS curriculum?

All in all, I LOVE hanging out with Ed Tech folks. It energizes and inspires me. It makes me happy, and remind me that I’m not alone!

CUE RockStar & Lego Movie Maker

This week has been a wonderful experience. I have had the pleasure to meet some AMAZING educators. I LOVE being around so many like minded educators. Today I was excited to show others about Lego Movie Maker. It’s an iPod app, but can be used on the iPad.  My students introduced me to this App last year when they decided to start making stop animation movies.

After an epically disastrous start (which I take blame for), the room was soon abuzz with laughter, excitement, and creativity. Some ideas for classroom uses were: illustrate vocabulary, create scenes from a book, illustrate the rock cycle, and show plate tectonics.

Here is an example by Cathy Lien and Lori Booy from Heideman Elementary, TUSD. They decided to show their principal that sending them to the conference was a GREAT idea, as they were learning a lot.

This example by Jen Alcazar was a quick example of how to use it in her high school class to help engage students in vocabulary.

I would like to thank all the educators today for a fun and productive day. I learned so much from all of you and your ideas.

Our notes and ideas:

A Plan

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to be a presenter at CUE RockStar Express in Paso Robles, CA. As always, the energy at this CUE event was amazing!! There were many insanely fantastic presenters and attendees. I met some great educators! And like always, I left feeling renewed and energized. This was the first time that I was on the other side of an event. I’m usually sitting and soaking up all the great information. It was fun to be on the presenter side, sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge. 

It was at this event that a plan was hatched. Recently I wrote about how some educators feel uncomfortable with technology in It’s Beyond Me. Many just don’t feel they know enough and when listening to others, they feel that it’s above their heads. I am NOT the only person that has heard this. As several of us were talking after the event, we hatched a plan! Now, it’s still in it’s infancy stages, but we feel that it’s a super fantabulously groovy idea! Ready??? Okay, here it is!! (I’m soooo excited about it)

Have an event (or more precisely several across the state) that is designed for tech newbies. Fantastically groovy, right? We’re talking small groups working on basics. We’re talking bringing in local talent to lead. This way, no big shots to intimidate newbie presenters or attendees. Now, I don’t want to give too much away, but I DO want to hear what you have to say.

So, what do YOU want to learn to do? Set up a Google account? Forward emails? Figure out what a URL is? What a browser is? Seriously, this is exciting. I want to hear from everyone. What are your ideas?