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Photos and notes from #ISTE17 in San Antonio.

Unlike Gary Stager who has been to 30 (!!!) International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) annual conferences, I think I’m still shy of 10 events. Besides the (now) two I’ve been to in San Antonio, I also attended two in Philadelphia, two in Denver, one or two in Atlanta, and then my memory peters out. (ISTE was formerly known as the National Educational Computing Conference, NECC.)

On Saturday, Lucy Gray and I led a 3-hour workshop entitled, Make a Splash With Social Media in Your School or District. The description is below:

School leaders will see how to leverage a core set of digital tools to boost personal productivity, professional learning and school and district communications. Learn tips and tricks from experts and come away from this hands-on experience with ideas for engaging your school community in creative ways.

Lucy is a dynamic, innovative, influential, and well-connected educator, and she is also a good friend. I was equally flattered and grateful that she included me on her ISTE proposal, and it was a thrill to share our stories, knowledge, help, and tips with our attendees. With Lucy’s blessing, I’ll be leading a scaled down version of the workshop with attendees at iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) Annual Conference and Youth Summit in Morocco next month.

Lucy and I began the workshop with an icebreaker I learned about from Claudia Stanfield at last year’s EdTech Summit Africa. (I’m so excited that I’ll get to reunite with Claudia in late July at this summer’s EdTech tour too!) On each section of a beach ball, Lucy and I included terms that should be part of every educator’s social media lexicon: hashtag, RT, DM, handle, meme, geotag, metadata, etc. Each participant tosses the beach ball to someone else, and you have to have a conversation about whatever word is on the top section of the ball when you catch it. Depending on how people hold the ball, it’s a little subjective as to what constitutes the “top” of the ball, but the activity always leads to good discussion, so it’s all good…

Sunday, I attended the Global Education Leadership Brunch and Global Education Day, both organized and led by Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon. Below are some tweets from the day:

For the rest of the conference, I was free to attend and explore sessions, keynotes, and posters. I also spent a fair amount of time making loops around the Expo Hall looking for compelling items. Here are some tweets I shared or retweeted:

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Thanks, @techlearning! Sneak Peak with @EmilySticco of our #ISTE2016 poster session “Bits of Music”!

Kevin Hogan, Content Director of Tech & Learning, invited me and @EmilySticco to offer a Sneak Peek of our ISTE 2016 poster session Bits of Music, Lots of STEAM. We’ll be sharing two projects that Emily and I led in her 8th grade music mini-course at The School at Columbia University:
1. Cardboard MakeyMakey Jam band
2. Arduino light-up album covers

You can watch our video below. Don’t forget to marvel at the comically bad screen capture. I look like I’m eating a hamburger.

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Presenting “License to Cull” with @oharebros and @NewYork564 in Room 124 at 2:30! @The_School #ISTE2015 #artsed

  Super honored to be presenting License to Cull: Art History, Media Literacy, Ethics and Photoshop with my stellar art colleagues, Yoshiko Maruiwa and Katelin O’Hare from the The School at Columbia University.

We’ll share an integrated unit that examines fine art and the fine print. Students learn about ownership, copyright, licensing, media literacy, fair use, Creative Commons, Wikimedia and Photoshop.

See our slides full of links and resources below:

As part of the 6th grade integrated study of the Renaissance in English, Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, and Wellness, we designed a Photoshop unit where students locate a Renaissance painting and layer themselves into it as either the main character or an additional character. While we teach the basics of Photoshop, we also facilitate rich discussions about a variety of topics including ownership, copyright, licensing, fair use, and the public domain. Our students use their assigned laptops to research, collaborate, and create throughout the unit. We discuss the Mona Lisa’s various owners and examine a variety of copyrightable contributions that have been made to Leonardo da Vinci’s original art from multiple artists over the years. We read the fine print and Terms of Use for Google Art Project and Artstor. We talk about how Photoshop is utilized to manipulate most images on advertisements and in magazines and how that affects body image and society’s standard of beauty. We discuss ways to locate fair-use art and dissect licenses from Creative Commons to encourage respectful and ethical use of others’ artistic creations. Further, we discuss the lawsuit between the Associated Press and Shepard Fairey over Fairey’s Barack Obama Hope poster. After completing their Photoshop collage, the students added their images to a shared online album. Additionally, students included their work on their digital art portfolios where they were expected to write an “artist statement” for their piece and comment on their classmates’ creations.

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Sewable LED Sequins” how-to video

I tweeted out a photo of a cuff-bracelet that I made with 5th graders at the Marymount STEAM camp which used Lilypad sewable LED lights. @LindseyOwn tweeted a reply about wanting to locate even less expensive surface-mounted LEDs. I was thrilled to share with her a video via @Adafruit linked from a matriarch of e-textiles and sewable circuits, @LeahBuechley, of the High-Low Tech Group.

The following tweets are from the Twitter conversation with @LindseyOwn:

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