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ISTE 2017 – Keynote Jennie Magiera

June 27, 2017

IMG_3808Morning everyone! We’re getting ready to start the Tuesday morning keynote, and we have another live band – looks like a group of high school students – and they are marvelous! You’d have to be to get up so early in the morning and start playing music just before 8:00 AM for a crowd of thousands of people. Way to go Charlie Bell!

IMG_3810IMG_3809Mila welcomed everyone to the day. And talked briefly about ISTE Awards, and showed some slides of the recipients who were recognized yesterday at the Awards Luncheon. As you saw from my post yesterday, I appreciate how ISTE spends some extra time and effort recognizing people who make a difference.

IMG_3811Clara Alaniz @techclara – Plano Independent School District

Clara’s parents grow Cilantro in their garden.

Collaborate, Learn, Instruct, Create, Know (CLICK) – Education and Technology Tips for students and teachers.

Perhaps as professionals we are gardeners – cultivating our garden and encouraging kids. Empowered professionals have the responsibility to be advocates, so that all learners have access to everything they need. All of our students deserve to be the surprising Cilantro, who grow wherever they can.

ISTE Standards are not things to do, but a way to be. When you consider future goals against the Standards, you have to think about “What do I want to be?” The student standards help students become empowered learners.

It’s nice to be surprised when the Cilantro grows, but make the effort “Grow!” Make it happen, even though you’ll have setbacks of your own!

And now here’s Richard – ISTE CEO

Richard invited a group of students from Texas, Chicago, and Michigan to have a conversation. From Grade six to first year College.

IMG_3812Richard asked: Can you tell us about the most memorable learning experience you had? There were examples about how students were engaged in hands on activities, or in person things – not just paperwork. Using a 3D printer for one of the first time, spent too much time on one thing.

If someone asked about gaming, what would you say?

Games are great because they make education fun, and when it’s fun, people learn things. Children want to learn, but they want to have fun doing it. (This from the Grade six student). Created a game in scratch. Another student would like to start his own YouTube channel. Was inspired by all the people who used YouTube to inspire others in so many areas – and get paid for it too!;) Perhaps would like to inspire basketball players and get his name out there.

If there was one thing they wish we would stop doing in Education? Homework. Desks. (Yep, from the kids)

Hilda had a chance to join a program for girls who code, and was so excited to participate. But it was hard to convince her family, who had recently moved to the U.S., but with the help of translators and lots of support, she made it happen.

What type of tech should be used more in Education? Definitely VR. Saw a glove that had resistance, so you could reach out and touch a virtual object, but also feel that you were holding something. This creates a more immersive experience for students who are doing a more in-depth project.

What do you want to do when you grow up? An engineer or professional basketball player, Biological Oceanographer, game developer, computer scientist, a teacher (elementary school), and then President.

Any advice for teachers? Make education as fun as possible! Know your students, know what they like / don’t like. Hands on doesn’t just have to be with science, with words, math, etc. use real life experiences, not just worksheets.

Great conversation with a group of kids! Way to go kids, good job Richard!

Keynote – Jennie Magiera
Chief Innovation Officer
Des Plaines, Illinois

IMG_3816Book: Courageous Adventures

Nervous about speaking today a little, because it’s like speaking in front of your family.

Jennie opened with a story about a little girl in Korea. Dad moved to the U.S., and then after some time invited the kids to move to New York City – which was dazzling. Excited because her mother was taking her to city hall to get an American name – which meant she could re-invent herself. And she would get a new name “Carol”. City Hall clerk asked how to spell it. However with language barrier, Carol became Kello. When she went to school, it was difficult as she was made fun of, and this became her single story – the girl with the mistake name.

In fourth grade things changed, and the teacher asked what she wanted to be known as. She thought it was great to be asked, and she decided to be called Katie. When she turned 18 years old, she legally changed her name to be Katie. She grew up to be funny, amazing, and outgoing and adventurous, and that was Jennie’s Mom.

Teachers can help you be your whole self – advice from her Mom.

Ted Talk – The Danger of the Single Story

Stereotypes aren’t wrong. They’re just incomplete. – Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Single Stories, or Untold Stories. What are our untold stories:

Chapter 1 – The Single Story of Student Self-Image – The Untold Story of Limitless Potential

Jennie told us about when she first received some Dot and Dash robots, and a young girl said “I can’t code, I’m a girl.” Jennie had a video with a group of young girls who had coded a robot to dance. They started on Monday, and by Thursday had made a video of the robot dancing. They got Dash to be their fourth dancer. Solving their problems through code. Afterwards they were embarrassed that they figured they couldn’t do it at the beginning.

You can be whoever you want, and you can be the first.

Chapter 2 – The Single Story of Teachers – The Untold Story of Wizards

Jim is an attorney, but that’s not who he is, that’s his job. He does other things. But for Jennie, being an Educator is not just what she does, but it is what she IS. Jennie’s fourth grade teacher who burst into the room looking for her pet dinosaur, getting started as an adventure. Jennie reminded us that her favourite book was the Hobbit, and Gandalf was looking for someone to share his adventure. Anyone can start their own adventure and invite people around.

Teachers are Wizards

Chapter 3 – The Single Story of Resistant Colleagues – the Untold Story of Friendly Dragons

Jennie’s first ISTE conference was in 2012 and thought it felt like a wizard convention. These are teachers who get it. But going home is really hard, back to our mortal realms. Going home from ISTE is devastating.

I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging…. and it’s very difficult to find anyone.

Going home it’s hard because you’re leaving your people who understand, who are running towards you. But going home some people are running away. Are we losing some of our wizarding magic? How can people be like this?

Jennie’s Mom told her the fanciful story of people in Korea who couldn’t go up the mountain, because a dragon was in the way. A brave villager decided to get there, and discovers the dragons arm is covered in thorns. Helps the dragon, who then transforms into a friendly dragon, who happens to be the village chief.

Therefore when you are working with someone who is pushing back, take a step back and listen to them, and help with their problem first, before you expect them to listen to you! You can help them turn into a wizard.

Chapter 4 – The Single Story We Tell the World – The Untold Story of Our Inner Selves

New York Times – Don’t let Facebook Make You Miserable

Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides. Of course this is difficult advice to follow. Jennie shared a personal story about how she looked for help through Facebook, and within a day had over 100 people call, text, e-mail, or even show up at her house to encourage her.

There are fails in school, but that’s not a reason to pack up your teacher bag and leave it.

Chapter 5 – How Technology Helps Us Shatter the Single Story

Technology should enhance our connection to each other. Your story can only be told if you have an audience. It can only be told if you are connected to someone else. I can create a blog post, a piece of media, etc. and I can share this with the world. Our kids love to share their untold stories. They love to post to YouTube, they love to see that people are looking at their videos and listening to their stories. They said the best things in school was sharing thoughts and stories with video.

When we allow our students to have those voices, and the audience cares about what they have to say – it unlocks something within them.

Jennie shared a story how the local media only reported about the violence that happened in their city, and they started telling their stories, and they were picked up by the media, and they sent people out to talk to the kids. And the kids had a voice. And the kids were heard.

It is incredible what we can do today, how small the world has become.

Challenge: Tell your #ISTEStory. Take video, post it, and Jennie’s students will review.

Epilogue – The Blue Bird

Teachers can help you be your whole self. Jennie returned to see her fourth grade teacher to thank her. The teacher had been in touch with her Mom as she grew up, and she knew what she was up to. Her teacher told her she had to be herself. It’s great that she wants to be more like her teacher, but she needs to be her own teacher.

If you try to be me, then who will be you?

What story do you have left to tell? What stories will inspire our students to be better?

Find the untold stories and set them free!

What makes a great speaker? Is it amazing slides? Is it videos that have been made by kids? Is it awesome music and soundtracks? Is it a live band? Is it because you have accomplished something amazing?

It’s when you speak from the heart. It’s when you tell your personal story. It’s when people can connect with you because you reached out to them. Jennie was this and more. Thank you!




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