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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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Sharing about @EdTechSummitsA with @k2pglobal & @kevin_baloyi for @GlobaEdCon! #GlobalEd16 #GlobalEd #ETSA16 #AfricaEd

I’m super honored to be delivering a keynote with Karen Kirsch Page (@k2pglobal) and Kevin Baloyi (@Kevin_Baloyi) about our experience being part of the EdTech Summit Africa 2016 team. This was the fourth annual EdTech Summit Africa adventure organized by Karen Kirsch Page (who goes by K2) and her co-producer Mona Ewees (@EweesMona). It was a life-changing and amazing experience to travel around South Africa, Swaziland, and Ghana for 30 days with a group of volunteer teachers. In between days on the road or sightseeing, we led ten summits for educators where we offered participants a choice of workshops about integrating and learning with technology for themselves and their students. My particular workshop was about using GoogleSites to create an online teaching portfolio or class website.

Here is the link to listen to our recorded session about EdTech Summit Africa:
https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/recording/playback/link/table/dropin?sid=2008350&suid=D.BE5B832274C28DF9329C95CE151808

Here is a link to listen to all the recorded session from 2016 Global Education Conference (plus, archived sessions from previous years are available from this page too):
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/2016recordings

Here is the link to see the full line-up of the conference schedule in your own timezone:
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/sessions-and-schedule

Here is a link to the press release for the Global Education Conference (@GlobalEdCon) now in it’s 7th year!
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/11/prweb13840884.htm

Here’s more info from the Global Ed Conference 2016 site:

The Global Education Conference (GEC) is a collaborative and world-wide community convening designed to significantly increase opportunities for globally-connecting educators and programs. Our primary event seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real-world problems. Through this conference and associated events, attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Participants are encouraged to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

The Global Education Conference welcomes participants from all over the world and encourages presentations in any language. Training is provided in the conference platform, Blackboard Collaborate, and presenters are encouraged to take ownership of the presentation process when scheduling and promoting their sessions. The purpose of this event is to elevate and empower presenters to share their knowledge with a global audience.

We have partnered this year with iEARN to host their annual conference and youth summit in tandem with the Global Education Conference. iEARN typically hosts their conference in various conferences, but for logistical reasons, they’ve held it online twice with the GEC.

Additionally, the Global Education Conference Network organizes three other events. See http://globaledevents.com for more details.

Here are the slides we’ll be using during our keynote presentation:

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