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My takeaways from the #ISTE11 exhibit hall

Saying there’s a lot going on in the Exhibit Hall of ISTE11 is gross understatement. Unlike my Aunt Debbie, I made it out of there without four tote bags overflowing with schwag. For me, the Exhibit Hall is about saying “Hi” to vendors I know and trust, avoiding the awkward hard sell, being wow’d by the next “must have” integrative technology, and summoning the joy of trick-or-treating with all the free candy offered on every table.

Below is an incomplete list of booths and presenters (whether old or new to me) I found compelling enough to write down in order to share with my faculty:

Pixologic
http://Pixologic.com for 3D modeling software (export files to our 3D printer!)
Sculptris – free, lite version
ZBrush – full feature

Wacom Technology
http://wacom.com
Awesome updates from Wacom

EasyBib
http://easybib.com
Free bibliography composer
Now let’s you make online notecards!

Parat
http://paratsolutions.com
Finally came out with an iPad tray to charge and sync 10 iPads.
You have to charge it in their case, and they are demo’ing a prototype of the case (which I guess they’ll be packaging with the tray?)

Bretford
http://bretford.com/apple
PowerSync Tray for iPad – charges and syncs 10 devices, can be daisychained (but why buy 3 trays and not one cart unless you like the size of the tray)
PowerSync Cart for iPad – charges and syncs 30 devices

UPrint by Dimension
http://dimensionprinting.com
UPrint 3D printing by Stratasys
$15K prints up to 8x6x6″
$20K prints up to 8x8x6
$30K prints up to 8x8x12
$33K prints up to 10x10x12
$110K prints up to 14x16x14

iPevo
http://ipevo.com
iPevo2 document camera
Chopstakes multitouch styli
Cushi pillow stand for iPad

Epson’s Brightlink 455wi
http://Epson.com/brightlink
$1600 without software
$1800 with RM Easiteach
Unlike the eBeam, no additional equipment needed besides projector, surface, computer
Infrared signal links from projector to pen tracks everything, 16:10 ratio throw
Not multi-touch
Projector has built-in wifi and speaker, ports for additional speaker

Gamestar Mechanic
http://gamestarmechanic.com
Awesome platform for teaching principles of game design

Livescribe
http://livescribe.com
Besides the Echo Smartpen, I was psyched to learn about Sound Stickers and Sticky Notes.
Sound stickers – circles you can program with specific audio! Put them on pages of books and kids can tap it with pen to make audio play
Sticky notes – sticky notes with dot patterns just like the notebooks
They are partnering with http://Harvardsquareacademy.org – not public yet – and getting a community of minds from Harvard and MIT sharing content and lessons to give expertise to students in the classroom

PBS TeacherLine
http://PBSTeacherLine.org
Online PD, free resources and lessons

Library of Congress
http://loc.gov/teachers
How and why to use primary resources, suggested tools for gathering primary resources

Lego Education
http://LEGOeducation.us
Jason Yount at Tech Support shared a ton of information
http://tiltedtwister.com – can get the building plans and compiled code (Java) for Rubiks Cube solving robot
http://tetrixrobotics.com for pics and plans of robots using tetrix pieces (claw design)
Labview – industry standard software, $500-600 site license. Has help feature to assist you as you translate from RoboLab or Mindstorms into LabView
WeDo – LabView for little kids – pretty basic looking programming language
Renewable Energy Add-on and Activity Pack – need to purchase the new Simple Machines kit 

Polyvision
http://polyvision.com
Eno Play turns Eno board (the whole board!) into a speaker!
Fuse – document camera, web camera, and scanner in one

Vernier
http://vernier.com
Vernier is the developer of Logger and tons of sensors
$1.99 Video Physics app – capture or import video with iPad (basketball, swing set, cars, conveyor belt) graph, share to Logger Pro and measure away

Doceri
http://doceri.com
Use iPad to control interactive whiteboard screen, write over and edit and play back

Ladibug
http://mylumens.com
Ladibug wireless document camera

One More Story
http://onemorestory.com
Online library
Child chooses a book and can experience it in one of three ways: either fully animated and controlled by computer, read by narrator, or read independently
$1.20 per child per year – 100 student minimum
$44 for a home license
Will be available in the fall as an app

Sparkfun
http://sparkfun.com
Top reseller of Arduino projects
Program with Modkit – upgraded version of Scratch (modulation code)
They bundle an Inventor’s Guide
As an educator – email education@sparkfun.com and get digital or paper educator guides with worksheets for teaching with Arduino!!!!

FableVision
http://fablevisionlearning.com/fabatschool
Fablevision is developing the software for the 3D printer made by Cornell University
Prints models with hard plastic, silicon, latex, cheese whiz, frosting
Printer will be about $1000 or less
Comes in a kit to built
Hopefully available to purchase by september.

Powerful Learning Practice
Http://plpnetwork.com
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (@snbeach) and Will Richardson(@willrich45)
Year long, job-embedded PD versus workshops and keynote

2Bot physical modeling technologies
http://2bot.com
3D classroom modeling, Uses a drill bit to cut through blocks of approved materials (foam, wax, wood) 12x12x2 blocks but separate “printouts” can be pieced together. Under $10K

Key Curriculum Press
http://keypress.com
http://www.kcptech.com/dynamicnumber/curriculum.html
“Dynamic Number Project” and The Geometer’s Sketchpad app which will be out in a few weeks
Daniel Scher is the man!

 

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Livescribe and Smartpens in Math for supporting notetaking/alternative assessments/flipped classroom model

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I met Ian Bryan (@sensiblecity) at TEDActive. We’d been Twitter contacts for a few months, and I’d attended TEDxDenverEd without fully appreciating his role or his work. (Note: Ian is now organizing TEDxPhiladelphiaEd, and I hope to attend on June 24th.)

On Sensible City’s website, they succinctly state their mission:

Our Work: To advance positive change by giving a powerful voice to the idea whose time has come.
Our Sweet Spot: Helping people converge and collaborate on transformative projects, products, institutions and ideas.

Ian recently introduced me to LiveScribe and the Smartpen. With Ian’s help, my school got hold of a few Echo Smartpens; I placed these in the hands of:

The Smartpen is like Polyvision’s Eno pen, only with ink. It has a camera at the tip and a microphone in the barrel, so it can simultaneously record everything the pen writes (in a special notebook) and all of the ambient audio. The recorded content is then uploaded to a computer using a cable, though the next version of the pen will be wireless. Additionally, all of your chicken scratches are synced to the audio, so you can later review your notes by scrolling anywhere on the audio’s play bar or anywhere on your writing. The Livescribe system encourages users to “write less and listen more.” Our model of pen is the 8GB Echo Smartpen, which can record up to 800 hours of audio.

David Bell posted a great CNET review of the Livescribe Echo Smartpen. In it, he wrote:

Ultimately, though, any worthwhile idea committed to paper in the digital era needs to find its way onto a computer. Notes get retyped, voice recordings transcribed, drawings scanned, and hours are lost to tedious analog-to-digital conversion.

With the paperless, human-computer singularity still a few decades off, the Echo smartpen has arrived to address the lingering analog/digital dilemma of capturing handwritten notes and voice memos in a convenient digital format.

My goal is for the teachers and the students to share responsibility for taking notes, solving problems, and posting these recordings (or pencasts) to a shared space. Also, students can be recorded verbalizing/demonstrating how they solve a problem, thus tracking their fluency with the language of mathematics and their own understanding of the learning. These pencasts can be assessed and added to the child’s portfolio. I also want the class (and/or our school) to generate a digital archive of pencasts that we can use to catch-up students who miss class for any reason, to empower kids to teach each other, to further the idea of using multiple methods for finding a solution, and to engage students in the learning process.

On the Livescribes site, you can access thousands of pencasts which reminds me of the astonishing collection of resources on the Khan Academy website. Thus, the classroom teacher can create a learning environment that embraces the flipped classroom model – encouraging students to learn at home at their own pace and free up classtime for more meaningful problem solving and projects with the teacher.

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Notes from the Polyvision Education Technology Learning Symposium on 4/9/11

I attended the Polyvision Education Technology Learning Symposium on Saturday. It was held at Steelcase‘s offices at Columbus Circle with ridiculously posh seating options and gorgeous views of the southwest corner of Central Park. The two people I know best at Polyvision are Amy Brandt (of the Education Team) and Dennis Guidera (my Territory Sales Manager); They are Eno superstars, and I have had the priviledge of learning from them for the last couple of years (as my school has purchased more Eno boards) and having them support EdCampNYC and TEDxNYED.

On Saturday, the day began with a presentation by Bruce Friend (@SASeducator), the Director of Education Practice at SAS Curriculum Pathways. Bruce talked about their free curricular materials that include a lot of digital content for teachers that help integrate educational technology.

One of the more compelling moments of Bruce’s slideshow consisted of an image of a glass of milk. Bruce stated that he would argue that the milk has undergone more innovations than education.

Besides sharing that there are more honor students in China than total students in the US, Bruce quoted statistics from The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts. (This is a report for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation by John M.Bridgeland John J.DiIulio Jr., and Karen Burke Morison.) Of the HS droupouts surveyed: 88% had passing grades, 69% were not motivated to work hard, 66% would have worked harder if more had been demanded of them, 81% called for more real-world learning opportunities, and 70% were on track to graduate and still dropped out. Slides from the report are included below:

silentepidemicppt.pdf
Download this file

After Bruce’s presentation, Buzz Wood took the stage. Buzz is a National Account Manager and Territory Manager at PolyVision, however I had a hard time appreciating anything but his name at first. Buzz presented about Eno and iPod/iPodTouch integration. I learned buzz words from Buzz Wood: He described the new Interactive White Board (IWB) as a “digital dashboard” that helps “mobilize conent” into “learning objects.”

Buzz shared that there are now user defined icons on the new Eno magnetic strip. Amy Brandt (bless her heart) piped in to say that if you click the Polyision driver, you can “show onscreen icon strip” and there are two available icons to program for Safari or Keynote or specific webpages (like your district’s Acceptable Use Policy…)

Buzz recommended the following iApps:

Air SharingThe easiest way to view your documents on the go. Buzz showed how one can share files from the presentation machine, select the “save in” path to be a folder or desktop that is then pushed to all shared devices.

Whiteboard – I’ve had this app on my iPhone for years just so my niece could draw pictures. I had no idea Whiteboard also allows iPad to iPad or iPad to computer collaborative drawings. I have so many ideas for how to use this with the little kids. As you can insert an image, imagine having a number chart on the screen and using red to circle the even numbers or green to circle all the multiples of 5.

Air DisplayEver wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There’s an app for that! With Air Display, you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop.

After Buzz, Matt Finucane of Carteret, New Jersey spoke of a project he worked on with his special educaiton students, two other teacher colleagues, and Amy Brandt. They partnered with a school on the Isle of Eigg in Scotland to participate in an extended relationship to learn about each other’s cultures. Using Skype, they shared lessons during a common time (New Jersey mornings and Scotland afternoons). The kids also made informative videos about their home town’s to share with their new friends overseas. The awesome combined efforts of their collaboration can be seen here:

http://www.carteretschools.org/webpages/mfinucane/isle.cfm

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