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Notes and pics from “Speaking to Listen in the Age of Emoji” with @D_L_Potts and @mritzius at #educon. 

I was super honored to lead a conversation at Educon today with Diana Potts and Mike Ritzius, Speaking to Listen in the Age of Emoji. Diana, Mike, and I will be leading a one-day version of the workshop for the New York Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) on February 7th. More info here: https://www.nysais.org/page.cfm?p=3678&LockSSL=true

We began with an activity where people told a 6-word memoir using emoji. Then Mike introduced the Four-Fold practice via The Art of Hosting. After, I described Glenn Singleton’s Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations. Diana spoke about triggers and how we can adapt our responses. We broke into groups of three for a speaking/listening/observing activity where one person speaks for two minutes, the next person relays what they heard for the next two minutes, and the observer offers things they noticed using a checklist for two minutes. (Given enough time, everyone switches roles for the next two rounds). Then Mike described Theory U by Otto Scharmer. We had time to reflect at the end and revisit our speaking/listening/observing activity through the lens of Theory U.

Our resources are here: http://bit.do/stliaoe

Our slides are here:

We’ll be leading a one-day version of this workshop for the New York Association of Independent Schools on February 7, 2017. More info here.

Here a a few pics from the speaking/listening/observing activity:

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Pics and notes from #edcampNYC hosted by @CathedralNYC & @SkillMill_NYC today! #Whyiedcamp

Here’s the link for today’s edcamapNYC session board: bit.ly/edcampNYC16

Another edcampNYC is officially in the books! Many thanks to fellow organizers Ann Oro, Cathy Cheo-Isaacs, and Saber Khan for helping ensure today was another productive and fun day of free PD for educators. The Cathedral School generously hosted us at their gorgeous gothic K-8 school building next door to The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It’s such a pleasure to trust that someone in my community will help us throw this annual event, and this year Nisha Joshi, Director of Technology at Cathedral, graciously made it happen.

We began the day with a table loaded with coffee, donuts, and bagels generously sponsored by the Edcamp Foundation and Participate Learning. The Edcamp Foundation will help any edcamp by providing an “edcamp in a Box” containing post-its, Sharpies, pens, index cards, stickers, name tags, and $200 to help defray costs. Participate Learning is also keen to help edcamps enhance learning by setting up online courses. As per their explanation on our edcampNYC Participate Page:

Here is where you can earn and share a badge designed to demonstrate your Edcamp learning and experience! Participate Learning is collaborating with Edcamp NYC to bring you a free online course designed to help you reflect upon your Edcamp experience, and incorporate ideas and resources shared throughout the day into your instruction and lesson planning. Upon completion of the course, you will earn a badge that recognizes 12 hours of professional learning. This page will also track every resource and idea tweeted along the hashtag #edcampNYC before, during and after #edcampNYC.

Our session board filled up with 15 great conversation topics (three bands of 5 sessions each). Additionally, Sophia Georgiou of Morphi (@morphiapp) brought an iPad Pro with the Morphi app installed, an Ultimaker Go, and many printed parts and project ideas. She generously led demos and conversations throughout the event for edcampers.

Afterward edcampNYC, Godwyn Morris of Skill Mill NYC opened up her new makerspace to us. We were lucky to explore SkillMill NYC and tool around with 3D printers, DazzLinks, wind-up toys, lasercutters, sewing machines, and more. (Last year, after edcampNYC finished at The Mandell School, we visited Godwyn’s first makerspace location, Dazzling Discoveries, located a few blocks north of Mandell. This year, it was amazingly timely and convenient after edcampNYC at Cathedral, we traveled a few blocks south to SkillMill NYC!)

We don’t often have door prizes, however this year we had a few. We prototyped giving these away to whomever replied first on Twitter to tweets about each item. iBallz provided four tablet protectors, two Chromebook cases, and discount codes for edcampers offering 10% merchandise. BrainPop provided a Moby-printed tote bag, Moby earbuds, a Moby tshirt, and other swag-tastic items like pens and calendars. BreakoutEdu offered a complete education kit for one lucky attendee, and Flocabulary provided a custom edCampNYC extended trial. Thank you to these sponsors for generously helping our participating educators have a great day!

 

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Notes from @edTechSummitsA’s event at @WitsUniversity yesterday. #ETSA16 #AxisEd #globalEd

The rooms were cold, but the atmosphere was warm and genial at our second summit of the EdTech Summit Africa tour. Our hosts for the day were the Global Teachers Institute (GTI) as a part of AXIS Summit and the Wits School of Education of University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Attendees were a mix of pre-service teachers and experienced educators, and the university’s techies worked hard to ensure that all had access to boosted wifi and logins for the many desktop computers in the learning labs. Karen Page (K2) and Mona Ewees launched the Wits Summit with an explanation of our team’s purpose to offer workshops, elevate technology use, model progressive education strategies, grow professional networks, and collaborate with new contacts. The day began with a raffle for four gently used iPad2 tablets. The enthusiasm and joy from the winners was heartwarming and balanced out the fact that the Glass Lab felt like an icebox.

We twelve presenters offered a variety of workshops to introduce different tools, ideas, and learning opportunities. During each of the three sessions or streams, attendees had four workshops from which to choose. Below is a link to the list of presenters and their workshops. Clicking on any workshop takes you to a fuller description and any linked resources: http://edtechsummitafrica.com/2016/presenters

When not teaching, presenters floated around assisting each other. My workshop about was during Stream 2, so during Stream 1, I helped in Claudia Stanfield’s session about using multimedia and web resources in the classroom, and during Stream 2, I was with Dr. Aletha Harven as she showed teachers how to use Google Forms as an assessment tool and Facebook as an online space for her class to share resources and launch discussions. At future summits, I hope to have a chance to hear from and learn with other workshop leaders including Anusheh HashimKevin BaloyiKaren Kirsch PageBonisile NtlemezaThandekile NgemaMabore LekalakalaSara KixmoellerRyan Waingortin, and Mona Ewees.

Claudia (@ClaudiaStany) began her session with attendees tossing around a beach ball inscribed with different cryptic SMS phrases written with a permanent marker. When people caught the ball, they had to announce the SMS acronym they touched and define it. Many of these were new to the older teachers and to me too, since I text like a grammar teacher, complete with mostly perfect punctuation and spelling. Examples from the activity included BBIAS (“be back in a second”), STADLTBBB (“sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”), and ROTFL (“rolling on the floor laughing” which I insisted on demonstrating at the front of the room after some weird and unrepressed impulse to wake the sleeping thespian in me). Claudia talked about how games and multimedia tools increased student engagement. She then shared how Khan academy benefits learners with online access by allowing them to watch videos for enrichment and remedial purposes. Her school is in a deeply rural area and doesn’t have a supply of fresh running water – it is trucked in on a weekly basis – and wifi is available though slow. She uses KA Lite and an internal network to offer her students access to videos on desktops and Samsung tablets. KA Lite’s website describes its service as offering  an online learning experience in an offline environment. Here are Claudia’s resources: http://tiny.cc/claudiaedtech2016

During my session, I started by sharing some of my favorite things to remind students: Everything you put on the internet is public, personal, and traceable and we should strive to always make wise choices since posted information is either public or less public – there is no such thing as privacy online. I then demonstrated how I keep track of my professional learning, projects, presentations, and accomplishments in a digital portfolio. I suggested that with Google Sites, anyone could quickly and easily build a space to gather and curate their own artifacts to both represent themselves as teachers and learners and to keep track of their class’s work – especially in light of the fact that many teachers in South Africa have to answer to a Subject Advisor who assesses whether they’ve met a set criteria of curricular goals and checkpoints. I was really happy that Anusheh Hashim (@dearmshashim) and Ryan Waingortin (@ryanwaingo) came in to assist, as they immediately helped participants log in to the desktop machines in the computer lab. Wits University had many modern conveniences which I’m told may not be available at other sites on our tour — plenty of computers, wifi, ceiling mounted projectors, large screens at the front of the room, and a well-functioning heater. Here are my slides from the workshop:

During the last stream, Aletha (@DrAlethaHarven) began with a video from Edutopia about the “Net Generation” and offered examples of how she uses digital media to reach her students on tools they gravitate towards anyway. Aletha asked attendees to fill out a short Google Form of questions to assess their comprehension of the video. She then shared the results of the form with attendees and tasked them with creating their own form which could assess something they may cover in their class. She stressed that Google forms could be used to take the pulse of the class and allow teachers to gain an understanding of what needs to be further reviewed at future class sessions. Aletha also talked with attendees about how they can use social media platforms, specifically Facebook, to provide an online space to gather and extend their class discussions. Here are Aletha’s resources:  http://tiny.cc/alethaedtech2016

After the third session of the day, attendees had an opportunity to return back to any of the classrooms in order to ask questions or seek additional information from workshop presenters. They also had time to reflect, tweet, and write a lesson plan incorporating skills and strategies they gathered during the summit. When everyone regrouped in the frosty Glass Room, an iPads 6 iPads were given away bringing the total to 10. We joked that K2 was like the Oprah of EdTech, “YOU get an iPad! And YOU get an iPad!” One attendee was awarded an iPad for submitting a terrific lesson plan, an additional four iPads were raffled, and @CindylopaS earned an iPad for their social media contributions during the day (quality as well as quantity of posts was considered).

Looking forward to our third summit on July 15 at Babati Primary!

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