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Gathering my tweets, photos, and notes from #Picademy in Jersey City. Thank you, @Raspberry_Pi for two days of inspiring, exciting, fun, and thought-provoking professional development! #STEMed #STEAM #MakerEd

I felt incredibly fortunate to be in a room of educators on June 21-22 for two days of Picademy hosted at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey! The workshops were led by Andrew Collins (Educator Training Manager at ) and Raspberry Certified Teachers from previous co-horts (Amanda HaughsChantell Mason, and ). There was a separate Picademy June 18-19 and other networking opportunities throughout the week facilitated by Dana Augustin (Educator Program Coordinator at ). Per Picademy’s website:

Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free face-to-face professional development programme that supports educators throughout their digital making and computing journey. This two-day training event is held at venues around the UK and North America. After completing the programme, educators join a community of passionate digital making practitioners.Interested in attending? Visit our event calendar to find a Picademy near you.

Day 1 consisted of a crash course in setting up the Raspberry Pi (HDMI to a screen, USB to keyboard and mouse, power cord, SD card) and gaining insights into a variety of attachments and HATs (GPIO boards, Sense Hat, Explorer Hat Pro, Piano Hat, Mini Black Hat Hack3r, Camera Module V2, Traffic Light add on).

Day 2 was an opportunity to break into groups and have extended time to develop a project prototype. I partnered with Cathy Knives Chau and Lauren Berrios, and we created PiPix, a portable RaspberryPi powered Polaroid-inspired camera that can be picked up by students at any time to take pictures of class projects or on class trips. Different filters can be applied, and photos would be uploaded to a class Twitter stream. We successfully designed a countdown timer to display on the SenseHat, enabled the SenseHat’s joystick to take the picture, and had a random filter applied to the captured image. We needed more time to have the joystick be used to choose a filter and/or allow the user to choose to capture an image or an animated GIF. We were on the verge of integrating our program with Twitter’s API (Thanks to Cathy!), but didn’t manage this in time. Cathy, Lauren, and I are hoping to gather later in the summer to complete a successful PiPix prototype!

Here’s our code so far…

# PiPix
# Using SenseHat for Geo location, four buttons for filters, countdown
# Use imestamp and direc tion from joystick on SenseHat
from picamera import PiCamera
from gpiozero import Button
from sense_hat import SenseHat, ACTION_PRESSED, ACTION_HELD, ACTION_RELEASED
from time import sleep
from signal import pause
import random
import datetime
import time
#import tweepy
#import json
camera = PiCamera()
sense = SenseHat()
#with open(‘twitterauth.json’) as file:
#    secrets=json.load(file)
#auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(secrets[‘consumer_key’], secrets[‘consumer_secret’])
#auth.set_access_token(secrets[‘access_token’], secrets[‘access_token_secret’])
#twitter = tweepy.API(auth)
randeffect = [‘colorswap’,’watercolor’,’cartoon’,’sketch’]
t = (7, 219, 252)
a = (252, 113, 7)
countdown1 = [
    t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
    t, t, t, a, a, t, t, t,
    t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
    t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
    t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
    t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
    t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
    t, t, t, a, a, a, t, t]
countdown2 = [
   t, t, t, a, a, a, t, t,
   t, t, a, t, t, t, a, t,
   t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
   t, t, t, t, t, a, t, t,
   t, t, t, t, a, t, t, t,
   t, t, t, a, t, t, t, t,
   t, t, a, t, t, t, t, t,
   t, t, a, a, a, a, a, t]
countdown3 = [
    t, t, a, a, a, a, t, t,
    t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
    t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
    t, t, t, a, a, a, t, t,
    t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
    t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
    t, t, t, t, t, t, a, t,
    t, t, a, a, a, a, t, t]
# Joystick
def capture(event):
    if event.action !=ACTION_RELEASED:
        camera.start_preview(alpha=192)
        sense.set_pixels(countdown3)
        sleep(.5)
        sense.set_pixels(countdown2)
        sleep(.5)
        sense.set_pixels(countdown1)
        sleep(.5)
        date = datetime.datetime.now().strftime(“%m_%d_%Y_%H_%M_%S”)
        camera.image_effect = random.choice (randeffect)
        camera.capture(“/home/pi/joy_image{0}.jpg”.format(date))
        camera.stop_preview()
sense.stick.direction_any = capture
#for i in range(4):
#        camera.image_effect = random.choice(randeffect)
#        camera.capture(“/home/pi/PiPix{0}.jpg”.format(i))

Chantell captured some video of our presentation and shared it via Twitter. Her tweet is pasted below:

Below, I’ve gathered my tweets from the two-day workshop:

And here are two tweets which include info about stuff I need to explore further…

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Co-presenting “Aligning PD with your School’s Mission” with @lizbdavis @ksivick. #NAISac #isedchat

I’m excited to be at another National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference presenting with Liz Davis and Kim Sivick. Our session (today at 11:15am in room 329) is entitled, Aligning Professional Development With Your School’s Mission. Here are our slides:
Direct link: http://tinyurl.com/NAISPD17

And here’s the description from the program:
Aligning Professional Development With Your School’s Mission
This session tells how to balance the interests of your faculty with the mission of your school while getting the biggest bang for your professional development buck. You will discover ways to leverage the experts in your own building; find sources of outside experts and nontraditional “unconferences”; and take advantage of teacher coaching, action research, professional learning networks, online groups, and more. Throughout, the emphasis will be on prioritizing professional growth plans based on the mission, vision, and goals of your school.

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Incomplete notes from #EdxEdNYC at @HudsonHSLT today:

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 I spent the day at EdxEdNYC (pronounced “Ed by Ed”) which was hosted by Hudson High School for Learning Technologies (@HudsonHSLT). The school’s principal, Nancy Amling (@amlingnancy), opened up the day of professional learning saying that professional learning is best when it’s for educators by educators. I second that.

Superintendent Marisol Bradbury talked about wanting to celebrate teaching and relationships with the attendees at EdxEdNYC. She celebrated and explained the “instructional core” as the relationship you have with your students and your content. It was awesome to hear a super indent from the NYCDOE talk about the need to change the role of student from passive to active while increasing the rigor of the task. Both of these require changing the role of the teacher. She stressed many times that relationships are key. I second that too. 🙂

I found out students at Hudson HSLT widely use their individual digital portfolios which are publicly accessible here: Hudsonbigideaproject.com (click on mentoring). Also, there’re awesome photos of students and teachers throughout the building. I loved looking around hallways!

I attended a session touted as an Intro to Blended Learning led by Tim Comer (@cabrianed). His site is here: cabrianed.com

Tim listed these 3 pillars of Blended Learning:
1. Use of technology to give students choice and agency

2. Students work at their own pace

3. Let students know their proficiency and communicate with them about their mastery of learning

Basically this is similar to the best special education accommodations which is all about allowing students to function in the least restrictive environment. 

I later attended a session led by Jason Levy (@Levy_Jason) about leading change while integrating technology in school. Jason had awesome insights about forming action plans that are similar to the design thinking exercise of “Define the Problem” that @DonBuckley preaches. 

There were many great Ignite sessions including one by Juliette LaMontagne (@jlamontagne) about @ProjectBreaker (more info at http://breaker.org) and one by Fernand Bruncshwig (@Fernwig) about the amazing PD opportunities for science, technology, engineering, and math teachers (STEM) at @STEMteachersNYC. Check them out at http://www.stemteachersnyc.org

As someone who has organized or presented at a bunch of events, it was a pleasure for me to sit back and just be an attendee. I met great people, many of whom are teachers at Hudson HSLT. Also, I was duly impressed by the organizers who put together a really great and well-organized inaugural conference. I hope it turns into an annual day of learning.

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