Illinois Computing Educators Conference (www.iceberg.org) was held in St. Charles Illinois last week. Here are my top five learning opportunities.
5. Google Docs Rocks
It was sitting room only at the Google Docs sessions. Many teachers are finding easy and practical use of the Google Docs suite.
4. iPad Integration
Everywhere you ended up (and I was at the bar, of course), the talk of the conference, were IPad Apps. “What is your favorite? What are you using and how?” “What new on ITunes U?” (My recent favorite? Aurasma, augmented reality as seen on TED.)
3. Moving from USING content from the internet to MAKING content for the internet. Nothing new actually, but Wesley Fryer, our excellent keynote speaker, showed us Kid Blog (kidblog.org) and how adult comments are motivating kids as they produce content for the internet. His address hit my heart strings.
2. Flipping the Classroom
There were workshops and break outs with suggestions about how to “flip” a classroom. I found the application to STEM a perfect fit. I have begun the flipping process!
1. Mash Plant (www.mashplant.com)
“Your Stage. Your Screen. Your Studio.” New on the scene, these are artists by trade looking to give educators a safe place to post work by students. They piloted in the Chicago Public Schools and look FANTASTIC!. I always look for a safe place to put the kids STEM work and I think I found it. All curricular areas are welcomed to sign up and I like how I can see what others are doing. I signed up on the spot and was given the opportunity to SKYPE with Bill Murray or other famous personalities. (They are all buddies in the acting circuits.) Yes, I get pulled in when I can Skype anyone, but I really like to have an authentic audience for the kids projects and I hope this turns out to be my place.