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Notes from yesterday’s #NYCIST meeting: @explainevrythng @Showbie @readwithSubtext @bodelinproscope

I’ve been a member of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists (NYCIST) for years. It is a terrific, timely, and transformational professional learning community (PLC), and I value our monthly face-to-face meetings. Two years ago, I was honored to be named President of NYCIST and arrange the monthly meetings; This year I’m glad to see Erin Mumford (@ErinMum) at the helm. Erin is currently an educational technologist at Friends Seminary, and we worked together over the years as organizers of TEDxNYED and the Robo-Expo.

At yesterday’s inaugural meeting of the 2012-2013 school year, the topic was about iPad integration and the following four resources were shared:

1. Explain Everything (@explainevrythng) – Reshan Richards (@reshanrichards) is the Director of Educational Technology at Montclair Kimberley Academy and the creator of Explain Everything. As the website explains,

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything’s flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad2 video display. Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone.  Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Email, iPad photo roll and iPad2 camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration. Explain Everything has been designed for use in educational, business, and entertainment settings. The original artwork and design concept was created by Joy Jee-Hae Hwang.

2. Showbie (@Showbie) As per their Facebook page:

Showbie is a website and mobile app that allows teachers to assign, distribute, and collect students’ assignments electronically. You can use Showbie on your computer, iPad, phone, or even tablet! Effortlessly assign, collect and review student work, anywhere!Showbie works with your favourite Mac, PC, and iPad apps to make classroom document sharing easy. Here’s How Showbie Works:
Create an assignment – Hand out materials to your class by saving them to the assignment’s shared folder.
Collect student work – Students’ saved files are automatically collected and organized, ready for you to review.
Review student work – Use your favourite app to view and mark-up each student’s submission.
Provide rich feedback – Save your feedback to each student’s assignment folder for them to pick up.

3. Subtext (@readwithSubtext) – Rachel Thomas, co-Founder of Subtext, gave a pretty thorough demo that totally impressed me. I c0-created an Independent Reading Site at my school 6 years for kids to upload book reviews and network about literacy. Subtext is ever so much more powerful in that it embraces social reading. As per their website:

Subtext makes it easy to interact with your students in the pages of digital books. You can post and answer questions, link to relevant Web content and create assignments and quizzes—all right in the text. Better yet, your students can share ideas and work together to make connections as they read. Think of it as anywhere, anytime classroom reading guided by you.

4. Proscope Microscope (@bodelinproscope) Finally Laurie Bartels (@brainbits) did a show-and-tell with her Proscope Microscope and the AirMicroPad app. There is a link on ProScope’s website where they offer free downloadable Science Education materials. From the AirMicroPad iTunes App Store description:

Made by Scalar Corporation, the original inventors of handheld microscopy, the AirMicro App and AirMicroPad App are made for the Scalar AirMicro and Bodelin ProScope Mobile, the first wireless handheld microscopes made specifically for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The AirMicro App allows the AirMicro/ProScope Mobile hardware to view live video and capture still images directly into the photo library on your Apple Mobile device. Combined with the hardware the AirMicro creates it’s own WiFi network so it can be used on as many as 253 Apple Mobile Devices simultaneously. The image fills the screen and resolution can be adjusted from QVGA to VGA. Simple to use yet robust for an entire classroom, clinic or CSI team to use in the field, AirMicro and ProScope Mobile have set a new level for true mobile scientific discovery. The AirMicro Handheld Microscope is sold and distributed exclusively in Japan and Asia by Scalar Corporation http://www.scalar.co.jp/ The ProScope Mobile is sold and distributed exclusively in North America by US partner Bodelin Technologies http://www.bodelin.com/proscopehr/proscope_mobile/

Note: Reshan shared a video he made (with Explain Everything) about a DIY “clip-on” microscope he built for about $5.00: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M2yseyd4-E

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My slides from “Collaborating with New Media and New Literacies”

From 1:00 – 2:15pm, I’m presenting Collaborating with New Media and New Literacies at the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent School (PNAIS) Fall Educators Conference.

Here are my slides as I’ll show them:

Here are my slides with notes:



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Excited for our #EdCamp panel at the #140edu conference in NYC Aug 2-3.

Below is an excerpt from http://140edu.com/

“Welcome to #140edu: Exploring the State of Education NOW

This event will be taking place August 2nd and 3rd at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

Ever since the first #140conf event in New York City back in June 2009, we have been looking at the effects of the real-time web on Education. To date, the #140conf events have provided a platform for: students, elementary and secondary school teachers, college professors and high school principals. At a recent #140conf it was said that “in 1920 being illiterate meant not being able to read or write. In 2010 being illiterate means not knowing how to surf the net.”

In an attempt to provide more attention and more voices to the educators of the world, we [Jeff Pulver @jeffpulver] have partnered with Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) – Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.

The changes in the way we live our lives must create change in the way we teach and learn. The real-time web should create profound changes in the way we think about what, how and why students and teachers can do, create and communicate. The very nature of what we consider “school” should be radically different given the powerful reach of the communicate tools our students have at their disposal. #140edu is dedicated to exploring and expanding that change.”

To attend for only $1.40:
1. Visit http://edu2011.140conf.com/register
2. Use promotion code edu11

See the whole scedule of events here: http://edu2011.140conf.com/schedule

I’m excited to be included on a panel Aug 3rd at 3:15pm discussing the EdCamp model.

The session is: Educators Taking Control of their Own Professional Development: The Edcamp Model.
The listed participants are all people I know and respect greatly:
Ann Leaness (@aleaness) – HS English Teacher, Grad Ed Adjunct and EdCampPhilly co-organizer
Karen Blumberg (@SpecialKRB) – NYCIST President. TEDxNYED, TEDxYouth@TheSchool, EdCampNYC, RoboExpo organizer.
Meenoo Rami (@mrami2) – HS English teacher- Founder & moderator of #engchat. Teacher-Consultant for #nwp through #philwp and teacher at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia
Shelly S Terrell (@ShellTerrell) – Educator, tech trainer, Edtech, Elearning, TEFL. #Edchat coordinator


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Still time to register for Teach21c on June 20-23


The School at Columbia University is launching a new teaching/learning institute called Teach21. There will be a series of workshops and daily keynote speakers from June 20-23rd. On the website, Teach21 is described as follows:

Teach21 is a new professional development institute that focuses on 21st Century teaching and learning. Developed and taught by The School at Columbia faculty, the workshops are grounded in cutting edge pedagogy and classroom experience. Descriptions of half-day, full day and two day workshops can be found in the Workshops tab. Each day will begin at 9 am with a Keynote speaker. If you register for any workshop you can attend all Keynotes. Lunch will be provided for all participants. Register before June 1st for early bird rates on workshops. (from the website)

I’m scheduled to lead two sessions:

Collaborating with New Media in the 21st Century Classroom (Tuesday 6/21/2011, 10:00am12:30pm)

We will look at different 21st century communication tools and demonstrate how they play out in the classroom and in the school of the future. The School at Columbia has built a web 2.0 “safe playground” in which students, starting in 3rd grade, learn to contribute to online culture building. By providing this mediascape for students, we grapple with a number of questions: How are our students using these tools? How are we teaching our students to use these tools appropriately? By asking these questions, we reflect on the impact of new media tools in the 21st century classroom.

Social Networking and Literacy (Thursday 6/23/2011, 10:00am12:30pm)

In our integrated Language Arts classroom, students work collaboratively and independently using Google Apps, iMovie, and Garageband to enhance their learning experience and share with their classmates. This workshop is about using new media in the Middle School Language Arts classroom to increase motivation, understanding, and accountability. One example is our in-house Independent Reading Site (powered by Google Apps). Students populate the site with an ever-increasing selection of book reviews. These reviews can be in the form of text, video, or drawings. In essence, our middle school students are social networking about literature. We are excited to share other examples of how we are using New Media in the Language Arts classroom.

Teach21 on the web: http://teach21.theschool.columbia.edu
Teach21 on Twitter: http://twitter.com/teach21

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