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Slides from the workshops I co-presented with @ksivick @hadleyjf @lizbdavis and other resources from #naisac14

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:
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– 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

– Stephanie Castle (@castlestephanie) has an amazing YouTube channel of IB science videos she created with ExplainEverythinghttp://www.youtube.com/user/SCScienceVid

– Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) has an awesome website where she writes about her DEEP design thinking protocol: Discover Empathize Experiment Produce. http://deepdesignthinking.com

– 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


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Just learned about @VisionObjects and #MyScript handwriting recognition software via @dheld.

I just heard about Vision Objects from David Held (@dheld) ), Director of Technology at Poughkeepsie Day School. @VisionObjects’s Twitter bio states: Vision Objects develops MyScript best-in-class handwriting recognition technology which converts your notes and drawings to their digital counterparts. David tested it on his iPad, and the software recognized math equations and other handwriting written with a mouse or stylus on a desktop or iPad.

From the company’s main site: http://webdemo.visionobjects.com/

Writing has been used for thousands of years to communicate and inform. In an increasingly digital world, Vision Objects delivers a way to create digital information using handwriting through pen-based user interfaces (Stylus and Digital Pen): MyScript handwriting recognition…in more than 85 languages

From their edutainment link: http://www.visionobjects.com/en/solution-for/edutainement/description/

With MyScript handwriting recognition, students and pupils can use educational software in the classroom on an interactive whiteboard or at home on an Internet tablet for a new and better experience…Here are just a few educational software examples among the numerous possibilities afforded by MyScript handwriting, shape and equation recognition technology:

  • write “3+12= ”, MyScript comes up with “15” (it is also highly proficient with more complex examples of equation recognition using integrals, large operators, etc)
  • write “Julius Caesar” and MyScript comes up with historic information on the Roman emperor,
  • Write a letter, MyScript tells you if it is correctly shaped,
  • Write a word, MyScript tells you if it is correctly spelt,
  • Draw a calculator and use it as a regular one,
  • Enter text through handwriting in any application requiring text entry (spreadsheet, text editor, search bar, etc), MyScript converts it in digital information in real time.

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