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Great icebreakers via @tandingema @Claudiastany @theUnPD @ShellTerrell. #edchat #ETSA16

I spent July traveling around South Africa, Swaziland, and Ghana with 11 other volunteer educators as part of EdTech Summit Africa 2016 (@edTechSummitsA). We led 10 summits in 30 days, and the ensuing road-trip was full of memories and experiences I hope to cherish for a while. Besides leading my own 90-minute workshop about using GoogleSites to curate a professional portfolio and gather curricular projects/materials, I assisted in the other volunteers’ workshops covering a variety of topics: Incorporating project based learning, using Multimedia resources, designing games in Scratch, creating inquiry-based lessons, and more.

I witnessed many great moments while observing the other presenters deliver their workshops, including two memorable icebreakers via Thandekile Ngema
(@tandingema) and Claudia Stanfield (@ClaudiaStany) described below:

  1. Tandi’s workshop about creating remedial lessons for language activities began with participants writing down on a small slip of paper a challenge that they struggle with when trying to meet the needs of their learners. These slips of paper are then rolled into a balloon, the balloon were inflated, and then everyone stood and formed a circle and tossed their balloons at each other for a fun and unexpected activity. When time was up, each participant had someone else’s balloon. The balloons were popped revealing the slip of paper with someone else’s struggle. At that point, participants put aside the slip of paper and had time to explore a variety of literacy apps installed on tablets provided by the Breteau Foundation. After about 20 minutes, each person in the room took a turn reading the challenge on the slip of paper in front of them launching a full discussion about how to solve that challenge (employing strategies newly available to them via the apps they’d just explored). An alternative might have been to immediately begin conversing about the slips of paper after popping the balloons, but Tandi timed it intentionally so teachers had time to explore the apps and consider how they may create remedial lessons with the apps. It was a very photogenic activity!
  2. Claudia began each of her workshops with two different beach balls. One ball had “serious pedagogical questions” written on each different section in permanent marker to launch discussions amongst participants, and the other ball had short cryptic messages like kids would send in text messages to save time. Claudia tossed one or both balls into the crowd, and when a teacher caught a ball, they had to read aloud whatever was written on the section where their finger was pointing. This elicited equally amount of discussion and laughter.

Besides the workshops above, I’m reposting below two things that caught my eye last week (for my own benefit as well as for any possible readers of this post):

  1. I was lucky enough to attend two Unprofessional Development workshops earlier this year led by the inimitable Christina Jenkins (@jenksbyjenks) and Emily Pilloton of Project H Design. Christina and Emily gathered and shared a”cookbook” of conversation starters, project ideas, topics to explore, and a slew of amazing icebreaker activities. Here’s a recent tweet @theUnPD shared about their speed-dating activity:
  2. I saw a timely post on LinkedIn from the super connected, collaborative, generous, brilliant, and ever helpful Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell) about back-to-school icebreakers for teachers. Shelly included a link to a post of her own great icebreakers, both analog and digital. Here’s one of the slideshows from the post:

    Shelly also links to 16 Websites for Back to School Icebreakers via the American TESOL Institute. Heads up that the site is chock full of additional links to explore for icebreaker activities. A quick glance yielded the following gem from this blog:

    During the new teachers’ workshop, one of my colleagues did something that I found really intersting: we drew our hands on a piece of paper and wrote five informations about ourselves inside the drawing. Then, the papers were mixed on the floor, and we had to get a hand that wasn’t ours and find the owner, by asking him about the informations written. It was really dynamic and it doesn’t put the student in the spotlight, which makes them more comfortable to speak.
    Victória

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Slides from “Our Blogs, Ourselves” at the inaugural #SpringBlogFest

Dr. Nellie Deutsch (@nelliemuller) is busier than I am. That’s saying a lot. She invited me to present at the inaugural Spring Blog Festival that she co-organized with Sylvia Guinan (@ESLbrain) and Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell). I titled my presentation Our Blogs, Ourselves, because I’m a child of the 70s and a sucker for a pun.

Curation is a 21st Century skill, and I have been curating my digital presence for years. I encourage people all the time to claim their virtual real estate even if they won’t be using it actively. My goal for this session is to share how and why I gather archival evidence of my professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio and offer some tips to get started. Also, in the spirit of using social media socially, I will suggest ways to build and optimize a Personalized Learning Network (PLN).

The Spring Blog Festival will all be held online on WizIQ. The link for my session is here: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1680258-sbf-our-blogs-ourselves

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#140edu panel about grassroots professional development


(You can click here to watch the panel on Blip.tv)

Jeff Pulver (@JeffPulver) sent out emails today about the #140edu videos being posted. I was incredibly floored and honored when Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell) asked me to join a #140edu panel about using Twitter to foster and promote grassroots professional development opportunities. When I found out the other panelists were Ann Leaness (@aleaness) and Meenoo Rami (@mrami2), I was even more excited. These three women are people I encountered on Twitter before meeting in real life, and I have tons of respect for them and their abilities to create spaces (both physically and virtually) where teachers meet and freely share resources, successes, help, joys, frustrations, and experiences.

Just reading what we choose to include in our Twitter bios is illuminating, especially in light of the fact that the theme of the #140edu conference was “Exploring the State of Now“:

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.

I was amazed at what Jeff Pulver (@jeffpulver) and Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) pulled together over the course of the 2-day conference at the 92nd Street Y (@92Y). The messages, ideas, and enthusiasm from the steady stream of presenters was inspiring to say the least, and I am grateful that all of the talks are posted (in really good quality!) at Blip.tv (bliptv). #140edu is already on the schedule for next year, and will again take place at the 92nd Street Y on July 31 – Aug 1, 2012.

See below for the full list of videos from the inaugural #140edu on Aug 2-3, 2011:

Chris Lehmann – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-welcome-5465616
Jeff Pulver – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-welcome-5465616
Jack Hidary – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-jack-hidary-5475010
David Singer – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-david-singer-louis-wool-5465907
Louis Wool – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-david-singer-louis-wool-5465907
Rebecca Levey – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-rebecca-levey-5465920
Christian Long – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-christian-long-5465962
Steven Anderson – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-steven-anderson-tom-whitby-5469136
Tom Whitby – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-steven-anderson-tom-whitby-5469136
Lisa Nielsen – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-lisa-nielsen-5474229
Inga Ros – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-inga-r%C3%B3s-5474278
Patrick Higgins – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-patrick-higgins-5469157
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo  – http://blip.tv/140confevents/cynthia-lawson-5469188
Mel Rosenberg  – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-mel-rosenberg-5469255
Jerome McLeaod – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-panel-growing-up-in-real-time-5475039
Danielle Duncan – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-panel-growing-up-in-real-time-5475039
Joshua Hendarto – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-panel-growing-up-in-real-time-5475039
Daniellee Villa – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-panel-growing-up-in-real-time-5475039
Maya Wright – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-panel-growing-up-in-real-time-5475039
George Haines – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-george-haines-5469357
Don Burton – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-don-burton-5469338
Katie McFarland – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-katie-mcfarland-5469369
Barry Joseph – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-barry-joseph-5469388
Marc Ecko – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-marc-ecko-5469424
Anthony Stover – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-parents-panel-parents-of-sla-5469471
Janos Marton – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-janos-marton-5469496
Michele Haiken – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-michele-haiken-5469532
Adam Bellow – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-adam-bellow-5469551
Shelley Krause – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-shelly-krause-5474324
Michael Federochko – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-shelly-krause-5474324
Niki Kakarla – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-shelly-krause-5474324
Perry Hewitt – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-perry-hewitt-5474355
Andrea Genevieve Michnik – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-andrea-michnik-5469595
Will Craig – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-will-craig-5469623
Dale Stephens – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-dale-stephens-5469901
Barry Schuler – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-barry-schuler-5469972
Lynn Langit – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-lynn-langit-5474396
Samantha Langit – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-samantha-langit-5474378
Eric Sheninger – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-eric-sheninger-5469999
Tal Horowitz – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-tali-horowitz-5470009
Tom Krieglstein – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-tom-krieglstein-5470025
Gina Johnston – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-gina-johnston-5474416
Kim Sivick – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-kim-sivick-5470043
Wendy Brawer – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-wendy-brawer-5470079
Dr. Green – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-panel-alternatives-to-an-outdated-education-model-5470112
John Mikulski – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-panel-alternatives-to-an-outdated-education-model-5470112
Donna Murdoch – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-panel-alternatives-to-an-outdated-education-model-5470112
Shelly Terrell – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-panel-alternative4
Erik Endress – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-erik-endress-547012
Jane Barratt – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-jane-barratt-5470147
Kyra Gaunt – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-kyra-gaunt-5470171
Mahipal Raythattha – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-mahipal-raythattha-5470860
Deb Eckerling – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-debra-eckerling-5474465
Ethan Bodnar – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-debra-eckerling-5474465
Kristen Durkin – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-debra-eckerling-5474465
Linnea Keys – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-2-11-debra-eckerling-5474465
Kelly Sutton – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-kelly-sutton-5470892
Douglas Crets – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-douglas-crets-5470912
Michael Karnjanaprakorn – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-mike-karnjanaprakorn-5470958
Karen Blumberg – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-panel-educators-taking-control-of-their-own-professional-development-the-edcamp-model-5471079
Ann Leaness – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-panel-educators-taking-control-of-their-own-professional-development-the-edcamp-model-5471079
Meenoo Rami – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-panel-educators-taking-control-of-their-own-professional-development-the-edcamp-model-5471079
Gregory Corbin – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-gregory-corbin-5471120
Randee Schneeberg-Pomerantz – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-randee-schneeberg-5471136
Michael Margolis – http://blip.tv/140confevents/140edu-8-3-11-michael-margolis-5474488

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