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My takeaways from the #ISTE11 exhibit hall

Saying there’s a lot going on in the Exhibit Hall of ISTE11 is gross understatement. Unlike my Aunt Debbie, I made it out of there without four tote bags overflowing with schwag. For me, the Exhibit Hall is about saying “Hi” to vendors I know and trust, avoiding the awkward hard sell, being wow’d by the next “must have” integrative technology, and summoning the joy of trick-or-treating with all the free candy offered on every table.

Below is an incomplete list of booths and presenters (whether old or new to me) I found compelling enough to write down in order to share with my faculty:

http://Pixologic.com for 3D modeling software (export files to our 3D printer!)
Sculptris – free, lite version
ZBrush – full feature

Wacom Technology
Awesome updates from Wacom

Free bibliography composer
Now let’s you make online notecards!

Finally came out with an iPad tray to charge and sync 10 iPads.
You have to charge it in their case, and they are demo’ing a prototype of the case (which I guess they’ll be packaging with the tray?)

PowerSync Tray for iPad – charges and syncs 10 devices, can be daisychained (but why buy 3 trays and not one cart unless you like the size of the tray)
PowerSync Cart for iPad – charges and syncs 30 devices

UPrint by Dimension
UPrint 3D printing by Stratasys
$15K prints up to 8x6x6″
$20K prints up to 8x8x6
$30K prints up to 8x8x12
$33K prints up to 10x10x12
$110K prints up to 14x16x14

iPevo2 document camera
Chopstakes multitouch styli
Cushi pillow stand for iPad

Epson’s Brightlink 455wi
$1600 without software
$1800 with RM Easiteach
Unlike the eBeam, no additional equipment needed besides projector, surface, computer
Infrared signal links from projector to pen tracks everything, 16:10 ratio throw
Not multi-touch
Projector has built-in wifi and speaker, ports for additional speaker

Gamestar Mechanic
Awesome platform for teaching principles of game design

Besides the Echo Smartpen, I was psyched to learn about Sound Stickers and Sticky Notes.
Sound stickers – circles you can program with specific audio! Put them on pages of books and kids can tap it with pen to make audio play
Sticky notes – sticky notes with dot patterns just like the notebooks
They are partnering with http://Harvardsquareacademy.org – not public yet – and getting a community of minds from Harvard and MIT sharing content and lessons to give expertise to students in the classroom

PBS TeacherLine
Online PD, free resources and lessons

Library of Congress
How and why to use primary resources, suggested tools for gathering primary resources

Lego Education
Jason Yount at Tech Support shared a ton of information
http://tiltedtwister.com – can get the building plans and compiled code (Java) for Rubiks Cube solving robot
http://tetrixrobotics.com for pics and plans of robots using tetrix pieces (claw design)
Labview – industry standard software, $500-600 site license. Has help feature to assist you as you translate from RoboLab or Mindstorms into LabView
WeDo – LabView for little kids – pretty basic looking programming language
Renewable Energy Add-on and Activity Pack – need to purchase the new Simple Machines kit 

Eno Play turns Eno board (the whole board!) into a speaker!
Fuse – document camera, web camera, and scanner in one

Vernier is the developer of Logger and tons of sensors
$1.99 Video Physics app – capture or import video with iPad (basketball, swing set, cars, conveyor belt) graph, share to Logger Pro and measure away

Use iPad to control interactive whiteboard screen, write over and edit and play back

Ladibug wireless document camera

One More Story
Online library
Child chooses a book and can experience it in one of three ways: either fully animated and controlled by computer, read by narrator, or read independently
$1.20 per child per year – 100 student minimum
$44 for a home license
Will be available in the fall as an app

Top reseller of Arduino projects
Program with Modkit – upgraded version of Scratch (modulation code)
They bundle an Inventor’s Guide
As an educator – email education@sparkfun.com and get digital or paper educator guides with worksheets for teaching with Arduino!!!!

Fablevision is developing the software for the 3D printer made by Cornell University
Prints models with hard plastic, silicon, latex, cheese whiz, frosting
Printer will be about $1000 or less
Comes in a kit to built
Hopefully available to purchase by september.

Powerful Learning Practice
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (@snbeach) and Will Richardson(@willrich45)
Year long, job-embedded PD versus workshops and keynote

2Bot physical modeling technologies
3D classroom modeling, Uses a drill bit to cut through blocks of approved materials (foam, wax, wood) 12x12x2 blocks but separate “printouts” can be pieced together. Under $10K

Key Curriculum Press
“Dynamic Number Project” and The Geometer’s Sketchpad app which will be out in a few weeks
Daniel Scher is the man!


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Videos from TEDxYouth@TheSchool on YouTube


Scroll left and right in the embedded video player to watch the 16 videos of our TEDxYouth@School speakers. Or just click a specific talk from the list below:

Adam Seidel

Allegra Califano

Carson Chodos

Cecelia Nealon-Shapiro

Christina Gelsone

Hunter Johansson

Juan Villar-Ojito

Leave it Better

Maura Milles

Michelle Cheung

Neal Taparia and Darshan Somashekar

Stacey Murphy

Steve Bergen

The Columbia Clefhangers

The Flying Karamazov Brothers

The Manhattan Country School students


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I am so amazed and proud about TEDxYouth@TheSchool today!

I am so honored and lucky to work at The School at Columbia University, especially on days like today. I planned with a small, dedicated group of faculty to organize TEDxYouth@TheSchool, and now that it is over, I am sitting in awe over what we accomplished. TEDxYouth@TheSchool was one of 60 events happening worldwide as part of TEDxYouthDay on November 20th, 2010 (also known as Universal Children’s Day). It was a day dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth all over the world to know that they can be The One, they can make a difference, and they can change the world, both locally and globally.

My committee gathered speakers from all over the city:

The Flying Karamazov Brothers performed and spoke of their interest in community service (Twitter: @fkbjugglers)

Leave it Better spoke of their efforts to transform public spaces for the next generation, working with children to create urban gardens in abandoned lots. Graham Meriwether is also a producer of the documentary “American Meat” (Twitter: @leaveitbetter)

Hunter Johansson spoke of his work as a campaign president for Barack Obama in Jefferson County, Colorado

Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards spoke of her amazing mission to create, sustain, and nourish through urban farming and community agriculture initiatives (Twitter: @bkfarmyards)

Juan Villar-Ojito, a junior in high school, spoke of his passion for acting and his experience being in a production of The Laramie Project

Christina Gelsone, clown/actress/acrobat/performer/traveler/peacemaker, spoke of bringing laughter and performance art to people all over the world with The Bond Street Theatre (Twitter: @Bond_St_Theatre)

Steve Bergen wowed the audience with his props, musical sylings, and dedication to helping other. I volunteer with him at Tech Saturdays. (Twitter: @SteveBergen)

Neal Taparia and Darshan Somashekar shared their experience creating EasyBib as high schoolers! (Twitter: @EasyBib)

7th and 8th graders from  The Manhattan Country School, Vaughn, Isaiah, and Mayo talked about their impressive activism projects that took them to Washington D.C. to represent a variety of causes.

Adam Seidel of Common Cents spoke of his uncommon work bridging schools and community organizations and supervising the Penny Harvest. (Twitter: @commoncentsNY)

The Columbia Clefhangers gave an amazing performance! Their diverse group literally demonstrated how people can come together in harmony.

Carson Chodos is a social studies teacher at The School and spoke about education versus schooling and how “lliteracy should be redefined to include what you’re doing with it.”

Michelle Cheung, an advocate at iMentor and ESL teacher talked about how volunteering is a lifestyle. I love that!

Maura Milles of Hand in Hand talked about bilingual schools where Israeli and Arab children live and learn peacefully (Twitter: @hand_in_hand)

Ceceia Nealon-Shapiro is a high school junior and spoke of her service work in Africa, Israel, and here in New York City.

Allegra Califano is a sophomore and is an active member of her school’s Red Cross Club. She thrives on opportunities to contribute and learn.

As per TEDx guidelines, we also watched two TED Talk videos:

Josh Silver’s TED Talk demos adjustable liquid-filled eyeglasses


Josh Klein’s TED Talk of the amazing intelligence of crows

The hard work was all worth it. The day went swimmingly and would not have been possible without:

The School at Columbia University and our head of school, Annette Raphel – for hosting, providing security, funding what was needed, ensuring our space was safe and clean, and being a place where I am inspired every day

Flik Independent School Dining – for nourishing our bodies at breakfast and lunch between sessions where our speakers fed our minds

Gina Marcel – she (wo)manned the assortment of cameras for the livestream and the archival footage and assisted as needed for weeks (Twitter: @fpgina)

Andrew Gardner – who rallied to gather speakers (including his brother-in-law, Hunter), helped design the program, generously gave his time for setup/cleanup, and asked many a question to keep me on track and focused so I didn’t have to wallow in anxiety (Twitter: @agardnahh)

Zoe Paraskevopoulos – who brought in The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Christina Gelsone of Bond Street Theatre, and Michelle Cheung, chose our TED Talks for the day, live tweeted the entire day from our @TEDxYouthTSCU Twitter account after 2 minutes of instruction on how to use Twitter, set up our livestream lab where students could watch other TEDxYouthDay events happening around the world, and made me want to learn how to spell her last name out of respect for how awesome she is (Twitter: @zparaske)

Kathryn Kaiser – who probably could have managed to put on TEDxYouth@TheSchool singlehandedly, but luckily had lots of other responsibilities as a parent and principal at The School, thus allowing the rest of us to work equally hard

Kate Berten – she designed our program, liaised with speakers, and managed our stage design (Twitter: @k8berten)

Julia Alexander – created the lovely signage throughout the building and managed speaker prep for many of our talks

Sabrina Goldberg – who brought in two of our our alumni speakers and helped communicate with parents

Cristina Martinez – who set up and taught me how to manage our website created with DrupalGardens (Twitter: @finlaycm)

Don Buckley – my boss and mentor who inspired me to build a day that would impress him 🙂 (Twitter: @donbuckley)

The Parents Association who advertised TEDxYouth@TheSchool every week in our school newsletter, “The Lion’s Share,” and communicated with the parent body to reinforce the value of our event

Kiersten Chou – for photographing the event and for hooking me up with Graham Meriwether of Leave It Better and Stacey Murphy of BK Farmyards (Twitter: @choutofu)

Please enjoy the photos below and in the TEDxYouth@TheSchool Flickr group pool:


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Free yolink, SweetSearch, EasyBib lessons licensed under CreativeCommons


While ISTE10 was a whirlwind of networking, socializing, learning, presenting, and stockpiling Google schwag, my stint at the yolink booth was a total highlight. I was impressed by everyone on the yolink team and their partners sites, SweetSearch and EasyBib.

I was part of a group of educators who created lesson plans incorporating yolink, SweetSearch, and EasyBib. My lesson, License to Cull with Creative Commons, is meant to initiate conversations with students about Creative Commons and teach how to search/cite fair-use media. (I am still patting myself on the back for that title, by the way.)

We demo’d these lessons at the yolink booth at ISTE, and the lesson plans and slide decks were shared on USB drives handed out to people that came to our booth. The lessons are also all licensed under Creative Commons and shared via this awesome link: http://www.yolinkeducation.com/education/iste/teacher.jsp

Below are my lesson plan and slides for License to Cull with Creative Commons:

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