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Super grateful to my PLN after #NYCIST two weeks ago, #NAISac14 last week, and #GoogleGlass convos this week…

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Two weeks ago, I attended the February meeting of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists (NYCIST). We meet monthly face-to-face and for an annual conference at Mohonk Mountain House. This year’s Mohonk experience was especially community-building after a norovirus plagued many of us and inspired the hashtag, #Mochunk. It was awesome to gather at Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School (the host for last month’s meeting) and get a demo of Kandu from one of the creators. Equally awesome was to continue the discussion at a local watering hole afterwards. NYCIST was my first Personal/Professional/Personalized Learning Network (PLN), and the conversation, collaborating, and camaraderie from the group has proven to be invaluable over the years.

LadiesAt the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference last week, I was honored to be chosen to co-present with amazing ladies I met via Twitter and face-to-face conferences. I knew Liz Davis (@LizBDavis) before I met her at a NYSAIS Education and Information Technology (NEIT) conference in like 2007. Hadley Ferguson (@HadleyJF) and Kim Sivick (@KSivick) were also people I knew via Twitter before I first met them in person at EdcampPhilly in 2010. I’ve since seen them online and in person many times, and it was a pleasure to talk about our own professional development and growth to two really nice audiences at NAIS in Orlando.

photo 1This week, I led two conversations at The School at Columbia University about GoogleGlass and wearable technologies. The first was for parents as part of the monthly TechTuesdays series I launched last year in order to build community and a common vocabulary between the Technology Department, the faculty, and the parents. For this month’s parent talk, I invited Rachel Klem (@Klemify), music teacher here at The School, and A.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs), prolific and witty writer/author, to facilitate a discussion about their experiences with GoogleGlass. I was so glad to see a large turnout and hear lots of questions and anecdotes shared. I gathered resources on a GoogleDoc linked here: http://tinyurl.com/TechTuesdaysTSC

This afternoon, Rachel and I hosted another conversation for educators and technologists as part of an ongoing series of grassroots Professional Development (PD) afternoon offerings for our faculty that I help facilitate. In attendance were:
Me (@KarenBlumberg)
Rachel Klem (@klemify), music teacher here at The School
Katy Gartside (@KatyGartside), 5th grade teacher here at The School
Paul Shirk (@alert_soulful), 1st grade teacher here at The School
Marko Pacic (@MarkoPacic), Director of Technology at Convent of the Sacred Heart
Colin Samuel (@workplacehobo), Director of Technology at The Green Vale School
and joining via GoogleHangout:
From Boston, Andy Marcinek (@andycinek), Director of Technology at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District
From Austin for SxSWedu, Basil Kolani (@bkolani), Director of Technology at The Dwight School

For the record, here’s Sergey Brin‘s TED Talk where the co-founder of Google shares some possibilities for GoogleGlass:

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Slides from the workshops I co-presented with @ksivick @hadleyjf @lizbdavis and other resources from #naisac14

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) just held their annual conference this week in Orlando, Florida. While it rained the first two days, at least it was a warm rain and not the icy rain that has been plaguing New York City. I was really honored to be at the conference as an NAIS Teacher of the Future and as a presenter. I led a 3-hour workshop with Kim Sivick (@ksivick), Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf), and Liz Davis (@lizbdavis) on Wednesday and a 1-hour session with Kim and Hadley on Friday – both were titled, Learn Outside the Box: A World of Professional Learning Opportunities. Our slide decks are below.

Slides from our 3-hour presentation are here:

Slides from our 1-hour session are here:

Here is a smattering of some of the great ideas worth spreading shared at NAIS this year:
– Eric Whitacre (@EricWhitacre) founded the magical Virtual Choir and offered a keynote at NAIS and favorited my tweet:
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– Some of the NAIS Teachers of the Future presented about their various passion projects.
Their slides are here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SbjGfLAjQ3O3sRu2h6BKtltLkxNExEpqI4ldRKCp0Ws/edit
The backchannel from their talk is here: https://todaysmeet.com/NAISTOF

– Stephanie Castle (@castlestephanie) has an amazing YouTube channel of IB science videos she created with ExplainEverythinghttp://www.youtube.com/user/SCScienceVid

– Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) has an awesome website where she writes about her DEEP design thinking protocol: Discover Empathize Experiment Produce. http://deepdesignthinking.com

– Lorri Carroll (@lcarroll94) and Justine Fell (@justfell) led a great speed innovating workshop about using Aurasma for communicating and sharing. I mentioned that I had been talking with Karlyn Adler (Kindergarten teacher at The School) and Katie Pabarue (1st Grade teacher at The School) about using Aurasma for parent shares and book reviews and school tours. Children’s artwork could trigger a video of the kid describing their work. A class photo of the choir could trigger a video from a performance. A book cover could trigger a child’s review of the book. The classroom door sign could trigger a montage video of the teacher and students in action.

– David Held (@dheld) showed off awesome Art and Technology projects during the speed innovating workshop. He also told me that there is an @Arduino shield that can communicate with Vernier probes! Here’s the link for the shield: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11897
I tweeted about it
, and Vernier responded (!) with a link to get started with sample programs: http://www.vernier.com/engineering/arduino/

– Sarah Hofstra is organizing a Hybrid Learning Consortium Summer Symposium in June that I wish I could attend.

– Teach21 (@Teach21c) is going west and partnering with The Hamlin School in San Francisco in June. Master teachers will be leading professional development workshops for other teachers: https://teach21.theschool.columbia.edu/

The tweets from #naisac14 can be viewed using this Tagboard: https://tagboard.com/naisac14

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