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Slides for my #iearn2017 workshop “Making a Splash in Your Community with Social Media” Thx to @elemenous for helping! #globaled

I’m in Marrakech, Morocco to attend (and lead one session at) iEARN’s 23rd International Conference. This is my first iEARN conference, and it’s a thrill to be among 300+ participants from 40+ countries. This is true global education! Follow #iEARN2017 for the tweets. The program can be found here: http://iearn2017.ma/program

My session’s title and description is pasted below:

Making a Splash in Your Community with Social Media (in collaboration with Lucy Gray)
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.

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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:

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):

Here is the link to see the full line-up of the conference schedule in your own timezone:

Here is a link to the press release for the Global Education Conference (@GlobalEdCon) now in it’s 7th year!

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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Notes from visiting Central Queens Academy with @elemenous and @donbuckley:

Lucy Gray (@elemenous), Don Buckley (@donbuckley), and I visited Central Queens Academy (CQA) today.

11373 is the most diverse zip code in the US.

CQA is the only charter school option in a Community School District 24. Their charter authorizer is the SUNY schools, not the DOE.

The school’s genesis came through a group of professionals, Chinese Apex Program, who put together a team to serve a high immigrant population of English Language Learners. Also, a goal is to create a rigorous college prep program at CQA. Hence the rooms are named after colleges the teachers went to.

We met with:
Jesse – Principal
Karishma – Staff Developer
Brandon – Blended Learning and Tech Support

This is the first year of the school – just 5th grade for now with an eye toward 5-12.

The school is housed in a former residential building that was then transformed into a Montessori school and then abandoned. Most of their initial budget was exhausted just putting in Wifi and purchase Google chrome books. They have 75 computers for 110 students. Teachers carry MacBook Airs.

Social Studies teacher has been using the tech the most – research, Google Docs, Google Pres, Discovery Learning (trial version), Khan Acadamy, typing program

There is the possibility of adding a Computer Block – for skill development – rather than lots of integration. While there is a need to create a space for innovation to happen, this space can often be the classroom for an integrated project.

After walking around, multiple classrooms (ELA and Social Studies) and hearing teachers address students as “scholars” and asked them to Define the Problem and Distill the Problem (both processes that Don teaches and preaches when introducing the Design Thinking process).

Students/teachers at CQA partner with advocacy groups in the area to have real world examples and conversations.

We saw students students asked What is the problem? What is the issue? Why is it important? to the following issues:
– Corona Flushing Meadows park improvement
– Stop, Question, and Frisk Program
– Immigration reform

For next year, the school has $50,000 and is looking for a “next step” plan. Karishma showed us 5 topics she wants to focus on: differentiated instructions, inquiry based projects, school culture, family engagement, data testing. Lucy likes to chunk tools into a “3-bucket” metaphor: teaching tools that are practical, pedagogy that incorporated authentic connections to the real world, and assessment/data analysis.

Lucy zeroed in on one part of their tech plans for next year: SmartBoards. She recommended NOT buying them and instead installing HD TVs and using Apple TV to mirror from an iPad to the wall screen. Don and I suggested painting the walls with @IdeaPaint and installing ceiling-mounted Epsom Brightlink projectors to include some sort of interactivity.

Don recommended considering BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) and be willing to prototype.

Don reminded us all about the difference between utilizing User-Centered versus Content-Centered tools. Using a GoogleSite to host eportfolios employs a more content-centered platform while posting that stuff to Edmodo instead would embrace a more user-centered environment.

Lucy mentioned Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR method: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. More info here: http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/archives/2013/05/29/SAMREnhancementToTransformation.pdf


















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