|Missing @cakewley #sadface #bit14selfie|
Also, for the past two years Euen O'Conner, Jeff Pelich and I have presented spoof-styled sessions at the conference that have been a lot of fun to prepare and perform at the event. These guys provoke a laugh a minute when together and I certainly missed both learning and social time spent with these two. Who know? There just might be an Ivana Tellastory, Willy Wiki, or Doc Google sighting again down the road...
|@nobleknits2 @colleenkr @gill_ville|
Joe Valenti, SmartPen Central representative, was appearing as a vendor in the exhibit hall. I have known Joe for a few years and have owned many Livescribe pens (that have come from him). He was very helpful in explaining the changes Livescribe is undergoing with their products and services. From this discussion, I have determined that the newer/updated versions are not better for me and my use for the pens. I have been receiving product emails regarding the new ECHO desktop and I warn other educators using these pens to become informed of the changes before downloading the new software. I have some concerns regarding the sharing options and the switch from PDF creation that the Livescribe desktop version provides. It is unclear whether old files and functions will transfer nicely into the new desktop. Also the new viewing features require an internet browser (and access to internet) to view when shared. For these reasons, I'm sticking to my old software. The unfortunate part of these company transitions is the loss of the online community and option to embed the pencast in other web postings. I'll have to work on a way around that one as I move forward. Also, I need to purchase a new pen as three of my old ones died around the same time. I learned that the Sky pen and Livescribe 3 do not really offer features that make sense for my purposes. The Livescribe 3 works with an iPad over WIFI which means I am tying up another device when the pen is in use. I don't have extra iPads to spare for this use so it's not a practical pen for me to buy. I'm sticking with the old tried and true ECHO pen. It works for me.
|Student Created Game|
|What's locked in the trunk of your car?|
|@aforgrave on @105theHive|
On Wednesday, I helped Andy Forgrave present about K-12 internet radio 105 the Hive. We had a morning session with a group of interested educators and then spent the afternoon with drop by visitors in Minds on Media. I think this is a fabulous tool and I was honoured to work with Andy to share ideas and resources to get others involved in this project. My experience with this will be discussed further in a separate post as it's really got me thinking.... more to come here, stay tuned.
On Thursday, there were many resources and ideas shared in the sessions that I attended that I need to explore further. One of those is Integrated Thinking, a topic discussed by Heidi Siwak. Heidi is an amazing educator doing innovative things. I wish I was a student in her class. Her lessons on "finding value in bad ideas" and "pro pro model" are great ideas for teaching about perspectives and how different people learn to find value in hearing the opinions of others. Heidi talks about teaching innovation, creativity, and collaboration - not subjects. If you don't follow Heidi and her work, I highly recommend checking out her blog. She will surely inspire you to think differently about your teaching practice.
|Ask you shall receive! Gotta love your PLN!|
I was sad to leave early, missing the Jam session Thursday night, a session with Royan Lee's former students (I always love when student voices are part of the presentation) on Friday morning, and a panel discussion among some great thinkers about Danah Boyd's "It's Complicated" Friday afternoon. Thankfully with the use of technology, I can catch it later. Thanks Andy!
All in all, a jam packed two days at the conference with lots of learning still to come!
Resources shared in various sessions that I want to explore further:
(thanks to Adele Stanfield , Stepan Pruchnicky, Brian Aspinall )
iPad apps - Adobe Voice, Green Screen, Tynker, Duolingo, ThingLink, Epic!
Web - sumdog.com wevideo.com nkwiry.com