The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) just held their annual conference this week in Orlando, Florida. While it rained the first two days, at least it was a warm rain and not the icy rain that has been plaguing New York City. I was really honored to be at the conference as an NAIS Teacher of the Future and as a presenter. I led a 3-hour workshop with Kim Sivick (@ksivick), Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf), and Liz Davis (@lizbdavis) on Wednesday and a 1-hour session with Kim and Hadley on Friday – both were titled, Learn Outside the Box: A World of Professional Learning Opportunities. Our slide decks are below.
Slides from our 3-hour presentation are here:
Slides from our 1-hour session are here:
Here is a smattering of some of the great ideas worth spreading shared at NAIS this year:
– Eric Whitacre (@EricWhitacre) founded the magical Virtual Choir and offered a keynote at NAIS and favorited my tweet:
– Some of the NAIS Teachers of the Future presented about their various passion projects.
Their slides are here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SbjGfLAjQ3O3sRu2h6BKtltLkxNExEpqI4ldRKCp0Ws/edit
The backchannel from their talk is here: https://todaysmeet.com/NAISTOF
– Lorri Carroll (@lcarroll94) and Justine Fell (@justfell) led a great speed innovating workshop about using Aurasma for communicating and sharing. I mentioned that I had been talking with Karlyn Adler (Kindergarten teacher at The School) and Katie Pabarue (1st Grade teacher at The School) about using Aurasma for parent shares and book reviews and school tours. Children’s artwork could trigger a video of the kid describing their work. A class photo of the choir could trigger a video from a performance. A book cover could trigger a child’s review of the book. The classroom door sign could trigger a montage video of the teacher and students in action.
– David Held (@dheld) showed off awesome Art and Technology projects during the speed innovating workshop. He also told me that there is an @Arduino shield that can communicate with Vernier probes! Here’s the link for the shield: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11897
I tweeted about it, and Vernier responded (!) with a link to get started with sample programs: http://www.vernier.com/engineering/arduino/
– Sarah Hofstra is organizing a Hybrid Learning Consortium Summer Symposium in June that I wish I could attend.
– Teach21 (@Teach21c) is going west and partnering with The Hamlin School in San Francisco in June. Master teachers will be leading professional development workshops for other teachers: https://teach21.theschool.columbia.edu/
The tweets from #naisac14 can be viewed using this Tagboard: https://tagboard.com/naisac14