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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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Resources from another great #edcampnyc on Saturday 11/9/13:

Thank you to everyone who came to edcampnyc on a Saturday to learn, share, and network so freely and generously! I was thinking about my edcamp numbers this morning:
— This was the 4th annual autumn edcampNYC to be hosted by The School at Columbia University. Many thanks to my colleague Katy Gartside (amazing 5th grade teacher at The School), Ann Oro, Laura Hollis, Deven Black, and Basil Kolani for being a relaxed and helpful group of co-organizers this year.
— This was the 5th edcampNYC event (We had a spring event at Francis Lewis High School a couple of years ago, and I have happy memories of their awesome Principal Ali Shama grilling up a barbeque lunch for everyone.)
— This was the 6th edcamp I’ve helped plan — two weeks ago was the launch of edcampMumbai (India’s first edcamp!) co-organized by Rekha Puri of LINEglobal and hosted by the The Oberoi International School.

Resources from the day are linked to our schedule here:
https://docs.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoZmqKegkFLAdGp2eFB2aHQwNzZzSVFURjdCRk01ZkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0
*Thanks to Jonathan Leung from General Assembly for showing me how to make a hyperlink using a formula function in a Google Spreadsheet.

And a great tagcloud gathering all the tweets tagged with #edcampnyc is here:http://tagboard.com/edcampnyc
*Thanks to @ChrisKauter for telling me about @Tagboard.

Also, our #edcampnyc hashtag was trending on Saturday!
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Extra! Extra! The @NewRoarTimes student newspaper at @The_School is back in business!

After our long summer hiatus, The New Roar Times has officially re-launched for the 2013-2014 school year. Last year, a couple of 3rd graders had a desire to produce a student-run newspaper, and I was thrilled that they asked me to be a part of their adventure. There’s nothing I’d rather do than help a child succeed. My weekly half-hour sessions with the staff were a highlight of my year, and I was really glad that these kids enthusiastically rallied to start up the paper again this year.

Hope, our impressively hard-working, prolific, and enthusiastic Editor-in-Chief, managed to gather over 30 of her 4th grade classmates to participate in this year’s newspaper! This year, as Hope informed me, we’ll even have foreign correspondents! Two of her classmates are currently abroad in France and England yet still able to contribute to The New Roar Times. Check out her sign-up sheet (in the photo gallery above) where she reminded students that signing up meant making a commitment. I owe a debt of gratitude to Heather Tyrrell, 4th grade teacher, who had a heart-to-heart early in the year with her class about what it means to make a commitment and stick to it.

Our workflow involves a shared GoogleSite where students write a new post for each article and include their text and the URL for any images. Then Hope or I help edit the piece. Finally, we copy and paste the text and images onto our newspaper’s website powered by RebelMouse. Since you have to be 13 to use RebelMouse, I (or Hope’s mom) login and monitor this process. Similarly, I (or Hope’s mom) oversee the postings to our Twitter feed as well.

Find us online!
Our website: http://NewRoarTimes.com
Our Twitter: http://twitter.com/NewRoarTimes

Here’s a link to my post about the launch of The New Roar Times last year.

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October 7, 2013 · 2:58 pm

Working with @LINEglobal to organize @edcampmumbai (India’s first #edcamp!) taking place in October 2013!

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Rekha Puri is the Director of Admissions at The School at Columbia University. She is also the founder of LINEglobal (@LINEglobal). As per their website’s mission page, LINEglobal “aims to create a global support system for educators to enrich their work and to create the greater cross-cultural awareness needed for the world to meet its shared goal of ensuring that every child has a quality education.”

On Thursday, during one of the final faculty meetings of the year, we split up unconference-style to brainstorm possible committees and goals for next year’s theme: The Year of Collaboration. Rekha invited people to her table to discuss global education opportunities. I plopped down in time to hear her say she will be traveling to India in October with a few independent school Heads, including our own Amani Reed, to encourage global collaboration.

I mentioned that my edcampnyc committee had just been discussing possibly holding our 5th event in October and that it would be so cool if there were any edcamps in India to network with. When we looked at the map of edcamps, there weren’t any pins at all in India. I immediately started plotting with Rekha to organize edcampmumbai. Within minutes, we reserved a Gmail address, Twitter handle, and WordPress blog. Within a day, we had a domain name, a logo, a blank session board, a few Twitter followers/retweets, and a registration page ready to go. Rekha will be using her connections in India to partner with a willing school and possible sponsors.

I love making things happen and building community. It would be truly amazing to travel to India for the primary purpose of gathering teachers together to share, network, learn, and inspire. Next, I’m going to peer pressure Tabitha Johnson (@tabletj) and Akio Iida (@dorakio) to organize edcampseoul! They’re moving there this summer to work at Seoul International School, and it would be an awesome way to meet other teachers and form relationships…

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