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ISTE 2016 – Ignite Session 2

June 28, 2016

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These are my notes from the ISTE 2016 conference in Denver.

Kunta Hutabarat @ckunta
Super Saturday
Five Star Schools
Gifted and Talented Parents Group

Based in Colorado. 4th Super Saturday was this past January 2016. We had engaged parents, hands-on learning, and a variety of subjects. Use Scratch, Sphero, DNA. Seeing lots of success in Elementary sessions, and now working on doing different things for Middle school kids who were getting bored. Setting up leadership opportunities for the older students – helping the younger kids in many activities. Seeing a lot of School District Support. Where is the best place to build community? When you bring food!

Remember, we don’t have to do this alone – so many technologies and innovations out there!

  1. Find Engaged Parents
  2. Find Host School
  3. Unleash Creativity

This is NOT mission impossible.

Melinda Kolk
Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom

If you want to be more creative, you just have to try something new! You will find beauty in the chaos – which is what life is like, but it can be amazing. Celebrate the originals – value creativity! Celebrate diversity and difference in the classroom. Given them extra minutes of thinking time, so they can think up better questions, not just answers. Kids need to believe they can, and we need to believe that they can and encourage / expect creative behaviour. Sometimes you just start with “wonder.” Those that don’t believe in magic, will never find it. Then we need to imagine – what could we do? What wild ideas do we have? And now, start making – students need to be creators, not consumers. One way to do this is to work more choice into our classrooms, and expect and reward creativity. But let’s also celebrate the trying, the effort. The process is important, not the product. Make creativity a habit. Time to jump in

Melinda had to race through her content, but it was still fun! Not sure where she took a breath!

Caitlin McLemore
Learning to Fail

Why does it matter? It can help us to build grit

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina.

They will then set long term goals and planning.

Mistakes are so interesting. Here’s a wonderful mistake. Let’s see what we can learn from it.

This helps develop a growth mindset.

It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure – Bill Gates

This speaks to resilience – which is important to bounce back from failure.

Girls & Failure:

Confidence: We need to help them to be confident, even when they fail. Women are under-represented in STEM careers.

How do we teach failure?

Talk about engineering design process. Ask questions, research questions, develop a problem statement, test the problem statement. Then talk about it – what worked, what didn’t work? It’s not about failed = done, or succeeded = checkbox. It’s an iterative process – we keep learning and keep trying and it all builds on itself.

Create a safe space – failure is really scary, feel comfortable and confident about taking risks.

Fail First, Fail Gloriously!

Monica Burns

From Basic to ACES: Access, Curate, Engage & Share with #ScannableTech

We want students to be interested, engaged, curious.

Scannable Technology – interaction of mobile devices and a trigger image to connect users to content. QR Codes, augmented reality, etc.

QR can connect to videos, images, websites, audios, files, text.

Augmented Reality experiences – going beyond the four walls of the classroom. Example @blipparEDU. Triggers can be in interactive spaces, like Library, Learning Commons.

Access – Connecting our students to content, quickly, efficiently, to the right place at the right time

Curate – Differentiate – hand pick content, who needs what, at what moment. Connect a resource to a handful of QR codes. @newsela Also gives us the power to Empower our students.

Engage – @DAQRI @quivervision Not the gotcha once thing, but you’re in the zone, in the mode for learning.

Share – Taking students work off the interwebs, their devices, and putting it in a place where people can see it, celebrate, appreciate and validate the experience!

Debra Atchison
What if we could really be a part of global learning?


What if? Learn, Share, Students, Authentic Audience

Two little words with BIG impact – What If?

Started with a What If we did our own EdCamp and what if we could do it with people all over the world, not limited by time zones, calendars, clocks, etc.

Some tools they used: Twitter, Chats, Voxer, Appear.In, GAfE, Periscope, Google Hangouts. Started planning in March, and now have 39 countries signed up. 1,800 teachers, 140 facilitators, 37 vendors, ton of prizes, an dfree.

What if  we did this with our students?

#ECGC16 is for kids too..

When they are preparing for a global audience, kids will knock it out of the park. Had kids from 60 countries. 1,200 classrooms registered. Well over 30,000 students and teachers

July 29-30 7:30 PM CST #ECG2016

Brian Huang

If you let students build it, they will learn. Maker Faires

Brian shared with us stories of students who had done different projects, and their successes as they were designing, building, making, refining, etc.

Jamie Chanter
Classroom should look and feel like coffee shops


Our classrooms need to change, and it starts with us. We see the same classrooms every day, desks in lines, and we say we are good because we have a beanbag chair in the room, and we use Febreze. Do we still have a teacher talking? Do we still have a “front of the room?”

Can you imagine if learning took off like coffee houses have? Over 50,000 coffee shops in the US. Soft lighting, options of places to sit.

Why can’t we do that in our classroom? Places to hang out, caves for working alone. Are students engaged? Or are you just dishing out things and letting them listen? Then it’s not enough.

Passion is important. Teamwork – it makes the dream work. Brand your classroom. Cell phones and devices should be out and on! They cross oceans and connect our world. Practice e-reading. Get over nostalgia in holding the book in your hand. Coding should be in your classroom – it’s in the coffee shop!;) It’s not the future – it’s now. Need creation station – creative work. If you don’t have a maker station, throw some cardboard in the corner. Gaming helps kids learn important things – like try, try again until they succeed.

Don’t block – teach – how to be safe, how to curate content, how to cite.

How? Make the choice to create an environment for success. Do one thing every day that scares you. And teach your kids that too!

Katharine Hale
Because they need more than the single-story

Are we perpetuating the single story?

Enter #plottwist: tech is our story changer

Not all that glitters is gold -> just going for the next best app doesn’t mean it’s a story changer.

Be mindful of story-repeaters. Kahoot is a good example -> teachers love it, it’s fun, but does it change the story? Or do fast readers and fast clickers come out on top every time?

With the right combination of tech, it can make a world of difference for a student. Technology can be personalized for each student.

The best we can do for our children is show them that their stories can change.

Let’s not repeat.

Let’s change.

Michelle Bourgeois
iWonder. (Do you?)

wonder: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, desire or be curious to know something

How do we keep wonder as a central theme of our work? How do we help students develop a sense of wonder?

Find ways to fill their days with wonder-full.

These small actions build into a lifetime of appreciation and awe.

Ignite sessions are a lot of fun. I did not get to hear each one, but I appreciate each person for giving up their day and time to do this! Well done!



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