Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Turning the Tides in Eduation towards Innovation



Avenues for learning a new skill or craft has many more options these days.  My son decided he wanted to learn how to play the guitar in middle school.  He attended guitar club meetings and learned some basics. From that point on he went to his favorite training ground, Youtube, and decided to learn from the greats: Hendrix, Vaughn, and a myriad of other famous bands and guitarists.  I asked him if he would like to take guitar lessons, he said he was taking lessons from the greats, and also checking out music theory videos. Today he is performing in local restaurants, working in a music store, writing music, doing what he loves.

The process he went through was a huge eye-opener for me in that the avenues for learning are changing and expanding.  I remember my mom driving us to a house that had beautiful flowers, where each week I along with other children from our town, took piano lessons. Our piano teacher was the only real option I had to learn to play the piano, though to be truthful, I really wanted to play the drums. But traditional roles dictated that I play piano, and as I became more proficient in playing and escalated to the ever memorable “The Dance of the Troll Dolls”, I was secretly hoping I could quit.  What IF I had been given options to choose the music and instrument I wanted to master, and had multiple avenues for learning? Perhaps I would be able to hop on stage today with my son, do a cameo appearance, and play the heck out of some drums. 

How was my experience different than my sons? He was INNOVATIVE in how he to designed a learning path to mastery.  He didn’t want to learn via the traditional path, but blazed a new trail in learning.  My son was inspired, creative in how he learned and mastered a craft, and thought critically about what resources he would tap into for his learning.  He went against the status quo, was not compliant in going the traditional route, rather, he was innovative. As George Couros states (2015), “Compliance does not foster innovation” (p. 5). Ultimately my son’s passion, inspiration, and drive won out, and his design for learning set the trajectory for him to work in the music field and perform for audiences today.  

Through that experience I came to the realization that moving from an environment of compliance to creating one of innovation will be important in today’s schools, and in the work that I do as an Instructional Technology Coach.  Technology for the sake of using technology is not inspiring, however giving students choices of projects, platforms, and presentation will provide a way for students to learn and share their voice in a meaningful way. It will be important to provide teachers PD opportunities to be innovative, and ultimately will help shift the tides in learning environments from one of compliance to one of creativity and inspiration.

Couros, G. (2015). The innovators mindset: empower learning, unleash talent, and lead a culture of creativity. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Twitter - Blended Learning Workshop - #BlendedBagwell


                            


140 Characters - can change the world!

Twitter is a great tool for educators to use in developing their professional learning network (PLN).  Follow experts in the field, organizations, a 24 hour a day stream of ideas, collaborations, experiences, and sharing of resources.  Twitter promotes global thinking!


Consider setting up separate Twitter handles - Professional, Classroom, Personal accounts



To get Started:  
  • Go to www.twitter.com
  • Select Sign-up or Sign-in
  • Follow onscreen directions to setup your Twitter ID (Handle)
    ex:  My twitter handle is @ittechcafe
  • Setup your profile, add a professional picture, and explore


#1:  Follow Others:
Select people to follow - look at who they follow - read their bios and follow other educators.

Find teachers you know - and see who they follow
Follow famous people in your field:

#2: Use Hashtags

#3:  Get Engaged and Tweet -
Include twitter handles and/or hashtags for others to find you.
    
Example Tweet:
      I am looking for other educators to share ideas on integrating technology into the classroom.  #edchat #edtech @KSUITEC #BlendedBagwell

Abbreviations to note:

Ts - Teachers
Ss - Students
Ps - Parents
Goo.gl - link shortener (save those charachters!)

#4:  Twitter supports your research agenda!



AERA - American Education Research Association
AACE - Association for the Advancement in Computing Education
AECT - Association for Educational Communications and Technology

SITE - Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference
NCTE - National Council of Teachers of English
NCTM - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics


Articles
"
A number of journals are active on Twitter; Methods in Ecology and Evolution actually requires authors to provide a “tweetable” abstract of 120 characters." - Twitter As a Tool for Sharing Your Research (AJE)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twitter Challenge - Pre-service Teachers


#PSTPLN - Pre-Service Teacher Twitter Challenge


Challenge 1: 

  1. Introduce yourself to the #pstpln community. Send a tweet describing who you are and what you want to gain from this challenge.
  2. Send out a tweet that celebrates something that you learned or observed as a result of teaching today. Add the tags: #EDMG4403F17 and #pstpln
  3. Post your handle on the padlet wall -  https://padlet.com/hmaddox5/qtrkv1o1aj8x
  4. Reply to 1 other person posting using #pstpln #EDMG4403F17

Challenge 2:  #pstpln community Q & A

Write a tweet asking the #pstpln community a question. Remember to include #pstpln and #EDMG4403F17 in your tweet. Keep it professional! Think before you post!

Challenge 3: Tweet something of interest

  1. Find an interesting article/tool/website/resource online.
  2. Copy the URL address and tweet it out to your followers.
  3. Using relative hashtags (Ex: #edtech #science) and of course #pstpln and course #EDMG4403F17
  4. Respond to 2 peers' posts.

Challenge 4:

Twitter chats are conversations that are labeled with a hashtag. They usually have a different theme or topic of discussion. We encourage you to participate in Twitter chats that are of interest to you and your content area/academic level. These chats occur at all times of the day and every day of the week so browse through the list included below in the Google Sites Education Chats calendar and select a chat that works with your schedule.           Chat Calendar           Official Chat List

Challenge 5: 

Identify at least 5 people that you would recommend to others to follow. This can be new people from this challenge or individuals from your own PLN. Don't forget to label your tweet with #pstpln and #EDMG4403F17. Check out what others are posting and add to your PLN.



This Twitter Challenge is an extension of the work of @SFecich and @conniehamilton to help show their students, preservice teachers (PST), the power of a PLN. They have participated in this for several semesters now and the collaboration and communication of this activity has changed both attitudes and skills of these future teachers by connecting them with educators on a professional level. "Please spread the word and thank you for joining us!"
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Twitter - Become a Connected Educator - PLN!


                           


140 Characters - can change the world!

Twitter is a great tool for educators to use in developing their professional learning network (PLN).  Follow experts in the field, organizations, a 24 hour a day stream of ideas, collaborations, experiences, and sharing of resources.  Twitter promotes global thinking!


Consider setting up separate Twitter handles - Professional, Classroom, Personal accounts


To get Started:  
  • Go to www.twitter.com
  • Select Sign-up or Sign-in
  • Follow onscreen directions to setup your Twitter ID (Handle)
    ex:  My twitter handle is @ittechcafe
  • Setup your profile, add a professional picture, and explore


#1:  Follow Others:
Select people to follow - look at who they follow - read their bios and follow other educators.

Find teachers you know - and see who they follow
Follow famous people in your field:

#2 Use Hashtags

#3:  Get Engaged and Tweet - include twitter handles and/or hashtags for others to find you.
   
Example Tweet:

      I am looking for other educators to share ideas on integrating technology into the classroom. #edchat #edtech @KSUITEC
  • Abbreviations to note:
    Ts - Teachers
    Ss - Students
    Ps - Parents
    Goo.gl - link shortener (save those charachters!)
  • Twitter Chats - search for chats - join in on the conversation!  Chat Meetings: check list for day and time!
    Ex:  #EdTechChat - Mondays at 8PM EST - Host leads by asking questions.  You look for Questions (Ex: Q1.) and can tweet an answer starting with:  A1.
    Q/A - Questions and Answers
    Q1. - Question 1 in a chat
    A1. - Answer 1 in a chat
Padlet - share your Twitter Handle


Dr. Booker
Monday 2PM - ITEC 3100
Wed 9 AM - ITEC 3100

Dr. Wright

Ms. Brogdon

Image created by Sylvia Duckworth - https://sylviaduckworth.com/

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Adobe Spark





Eclipse 2017
By: Helen Maddox

Adobe Spark is a very robust, free, video creation tool that is easy to use. Search through copyright free images, icons, and music to add to your Spark video project. Running on multiple platforms, and having an app, makes this tool a great option for any classroom.  Spark provides students the option to represent what they know in a different way,  supports the UDL framework, making Adobe SPARK ideal to add to personalized learning plans for students.  

Immigration Story - Student Project 

Resources:

Copyright
Copyright and Fair Use Animation - Video from Commonsensemedia.com

Copyright Free Photos & Videos:
Pexels - https://www.pexels.com/
Pexels (videos) - https://videos.pexels.com/
Pixabay - https://pixabay.com/
Photos for Class -  Photos for Class
*New - Creative Commons CCSearch for Pictures - - https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org/

Adobe Spark


App

Training Videos: (previously called Adobe Voice)

Adobe Voice in 30 Seconds


Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Customizing Theme Colors



Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Optimizing and Adjusting Sound



Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Sharing and Embedding



Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Drop-in Animation



Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Pan and Zoom



Adobe Voice - Tips & Tricks - Extend Page Duration 




Additional Resources by Educators:
Blog Posts
How to create videos with Adobe Voice - by Cherylnn Low/Tom's Guide

Digital Storytelling Rubrics