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ISTE 2015 – Ignite Sessions – Round 3

June 30, 2015


This series of posts is from the ISTE 2015 conference, and they reflect my notes from various sessions. – Todd

I am pretty sure I’ve said this in many posts already, but it’s still true. This is another one of my favourite parts of ISTE conferences. Each presenter has 5 minutes and 20 slides. The slides are automatically advanced, and they are done. Very fun, very intense.

Jennifer Scheffer


Creating a student tech team to support your 1:1 Learning Environment

Four years ago launched a google apps 1:1 initiative. 1200 iPads, recruited a student tech team. Helpdesk is designed after the Apple Genius Bar. Students staff it during every period of the day. It is located in the library. Students support the IT department by being the first line of defense in tech support. Students publish to a blog, and subscribe to world-wide publishing to continue learning. They work with teachers to help create lessons, using technology. The students go to multiple conferences and help others learn. Have also helped consult developers. Students are learning authentic communication, and developing their own PLN’s. Students collaborate with other students, teachers, parents, and even business owners.

Kimberly Moore

9 Web Tools in 5


Voki avatars to have students create their own. Moved to Mindomo to brainstorm and make mind maps. Use Glogster to build a digital poster as their presentation. Trying out emaze as a presentation tool. Word Clouds with Tagxedo. They like it because you can change the word cloud into many optional shapes. Visual presentations: Easelly -> make infographics, using many free templates. Kim likes story telling with Animoto. Teachers can get a free education account, along with free licenses for students. GoAnimate for schools (small fee) is her favourite tool for story telling. Digital Portfolio – Weebly. Only a dollar per student. Can personalize it how they want. Coursesites -> (free version of Blackboard)

Cynthia Vavasseur


Too many PD initiatives are done TO teachers, not FOR them. Give the faculty a choice of topics… Usually three choices. Delivered in three stages: 1. PrePD, 2. Face-to-face, 3. PostPD. Pre PD – Screencasting. Explain Everything. Face to Face sessions. Break groups into small groups, ask specifically what they are teaching, and how they want to learn. During the next month teachers implement the learning into their lesson. Follow up. Make sure you have incentives, and they can be free. You get a prize at the end too? What do you need? Three hard working leaders who have the time, inclination, and tech skills.

Scott McLeod

Student (Martha) who blog about their lunch cafeteria food. Ended up on major cooking shows. Student appeared on BBC, met Mr. Bean, raised over $220K for food in another country. There are thousands of students like this out there. Emma blogs about girl’s bedroom decor. Tavi from Illinois, founded an online style magazine called Rookie. Josh, makes narrated Pokemon voice annotated walk-throughs. Scott walked us through a number of kids who do some great things online. Millions of kids who are putting their voice online. Why is their extra curricular learning more powerful than their classroom learning. We need to step away from our fear, and need for control. Do everything we can to get devices into the hands of our kids, and get out of our comfort zone. What if we gave every kid a device, robust Internet, and gave them things to work on?

Cameron Paterson

Cameron had a brilliant presentation on how we manage our attention. He actually asked everyone to close their eyes and concentrate on their breathing for 60 seconds. He suggests that we have so many things vying for our attention that we need to help our mind focus on the things that are important. Then we spent 60 seconds finding five different shades of blue, and had to focus on seeing their differences. Slow Education, Slow Learning, is a response to speed. Nothing is more invigorating than going slow. Practice mindfulness by focusing on breathing.

Lisa Parisi

Controlled Chaos

Everything is setup, but then kids show up and mess everything up. They don’t sit nice, they spread out however they want, and they leave things everywhere, AND they are happy about it. They laugh and smile and throw things on the floor. The noise, mess, running and climbing and game playing, and total chaos. Is it always bad? Nope. Letting kids be can lead to amazing teamwork. Students may not be quiet, may not follow the rules, room may not be the most organized, but students accomplish fantastic things.

Nancy Betler

Project Based Learning = Passion


Students are given the opportunity to gather the necessary information on their own. They work towards creating the presentation and working together. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” Students are great at learning how they learn. Students get along better than before. They discover that sometimes their friends don’t make good partners in some projects. “Wisdom begins in wonder” – Socrates

David Navis

Tired of students lined up in rows, being bored. Let’s do something unusual. Let’s re-do the library. Let’s measure it. Let’s design something different. Let’s do paint. Let’s do something different. Let’s make a presentation, and we will be judged. Some students used SketchUp and worked on specifics. Others created posters. Result? Less teaching. Higher Scores. The students all learned happily every after. There is some give and take. @dcnavis85

Michelle Zimmerman

Voice. Kids looking at touch tools to design and model real life. Besiege – a sandbox game that is similar to what they were thinking. Students work with a number of tools to help teacher younger kids. Here representing students who weren’t able to be here. A number of QR codes. Renton Prep Christian School.

Christina Hansen

Tweeting yoru way to the top



Make sure there is no egg on your face. Add to your profile. Who are you? What should they know about you? What are you doing? Have you got any pictures. Follow lots of people. Learn from others. Use the hashtags to look for information. Check out general chats. Some advice: Keep your tweet simple. Hashtags are great, but too many are a problem. Try not to use more than three, and put them at the end.

Julianne B. Ross-Kleinmann

K-5 Programming

“I didn’t know they could do that” “My pants don’t fit” The right material needs to be in the right hands at the right time. How you say these phrases changes how they are heard and their desired meaning. As she worked with grandparents and special friends of students, she commonly heard “I didn’t know they could do that” They refers to anyone. That refers to just about anything. All of the students, can do all that. Sometimes we all have to try on different materials, but when we help the students find the right tools, and when we stand back and facilitate their learning, they can do all that, and much much more. Learning materials – one size does not fit all, just like pants.

Ellen Fishman-Johnson

STEAM through Arts Integration PK-12

Art is critical in learning. Digizyme -> create great visuals. Practice Creativity. Introduction of new media skills. Time based art, imaging design, interactive design, virtual design, multimedia design. STEAM progression. Middle grades – 2D shadow, progression, foundation of 3D modelling. Vector Graphics. Move to fabrication methods. Convert 2D into 3D, start working in engineering, architecture, and 3D modelling. Insisting on original work. Arts are essential to being creative.

Tara Linney

Exploring the Larger World with Google Geo Tools. Many of our students don’t understand geography, or where they are in the world. Using Google Maps, you can map plate tectonics. Can you let students choose their own tool? Why not? Google Cardboard can open your students eyes. Put your phone into it, and you see a different digital landscape. Are you bringing your pictures into the classroom? Do your students learn from your experiences too? Sure! What about Timelapse -> See what Las Vegas looked like before there were casinos. Do a Mystery Hangout – No permission slip required. Can go a lot farther than just the list of approved field trips. Google Tour Builder. Google Sky – Can explore things that are not immediately available. Many students don’t like reading books, so how about Google Lit Trip? Use a pegman.

Kevin Miklasz (BrainPOP)

Why Use Playful Assessments? Assessments need consistency. boring = consistent. Traditional Assessments tend to use generic test items, and are often boring. Playful Assessments: Stealth (embedded), game-based, etc. Based on idea of river of learning, which ebbs and flows and evolves with time. Link learning and assessment together. Playful includes task-student specific items, and then have fun. Content knowledge is embedded. Playful Assessments engage students. They should have reply opportunities. Good learning sparks interest



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