edcamp PGH, April 5, 2014

edcamp PGH, April 5, 2014

Notes from Saturday’s edcamp Pittsburgh.

  1. Amazing how different #edcamppgh from #edcampcbus. Same approach, both totally compelling, surprisingly distinct takeaways. #ohedchat
  2. To all my educator friends, here is a great write up about today’s #edcamppgh  http://www.mrharrold.com/ebl.html  By far the best PD experience yet!
  3. “Just because they are compliant doesn’t mean they are learning.” – @mr_harrold #edcamppgh
  4. Eating a left over sticky bun from #edcamppgh – wow Zeke’s Coffee is amazing!
  5. Thanks to all the attendees & especially to the organizers of #edcamppgh I just got back to Philadelphia, I had a wonderful day
  6. We all need to become advocates to incorporate technology into education – 9th grade former @ECSInnovator student #edcamppgh
  7. Look at this handsome group of math teachers lucky enough to go to #edcamppgh together: @lmhenry9 @JustinAion @JamiDanielle @reilly1041
  8. @Flipslegitz inspires #edcamppgh to create more engaging and connecting learning opportunities in order to get to thriving communities
  9. You can FEEL real learning. How much we forget as we grow up. How much we can learn from students like Phillipa. @LrningInstigatr #edcampPGH
  10. Being a Connected Educator at 11:00 with @lmhenry9 and yours truly! #edcamppgh
  11. We all need to become advocates to incorporate technology into education – 9th grade former @ECSInnovator student #edcamppgh
  12. CAPA Student now addressing #edcamppgh, what learning is and should be from student perspective. #edcamppgh
  13. “I know what learning feels like, its exciting. So when Im in an academic space & I dont feel it, its kinda weird.”#studentwisdom #edcamppgh
  14. “We are spending our time preparing for tests that test what we’re being taught. Is that learning?” 8th grader Phillipa Zeng #edcamppgh
  15. “We are spending our time preparing for tests that test what we’re being taught. Is that learning?” 8th grader Phillipa Zeng #edcamppgh
  16. “I know what learning feels like, its exciting. So when Im in an academic space & I dont feel it, its kinda weird.”#studentwisdom #edcamppgh
  17. We all need to become advocates to incorporate technology into education – 9th grade former @ECSInnovator student #edcamppgh
  18. 6-word memoir about my gift as a teacher. “I am a learner as well.” #edcamppgh
  19. Let’s harness the creative power of our youth to solve some of our greatest problems #edcamppgh @LrningInstigatr
  20. 6-word memoir: write a summary of your gift as a teacher. Go… @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  21. We should use abundance thinking not scarcity thinking #edcamppgh
  22. Students need to be a part of the conversation about justice. #edcamppgh
  23. Teachers should be collaborators – have best interest of the student in mind. via @LrningInstigatr #edcampPGH #edchat #gtchat
  24. The network is more powerful than the node. -From a slide from @LrningInstigatr #EdCampPGH
  25. Are we not a commonwealth? Love it! We should work towards the well being for all in the state, amen! #edcamppgh
  26. @LrningInstigatr “we are all connected, children need to do well no matter what school they go to.” #edcamppgh
  27. We need to have a healthy discourse about learning and education. @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  28. We need to shift back from debate – where there are winners & losers – to discourse – where we hear one another. @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  29. Via @ LrningInstigatr we need more intelligent discourse. #edcamppgh
  30. “Everything around us is created! Someone thought up everything around you, why can’t it be you?” – @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  31. We need to shift back from debate – where there are winners & losers – to discourse – where we hear one another. @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  32. “Everything around us is created! Someone thought up everything around you, why can’t it be you?” – @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  33. We need to have a healthy discourse about learning and education. @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  34. “I’m not here to raise consumers. I’m here to raise responsible citizens.” – @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  35. Learning as an ecosystem! Powerful thought! #edcamppgh
  36. Learning Institutions are rapidly becoming part of a larger ecosystem via @LrningInstigatr #edcampPGH #gtchat
  37. Create conditions in which people can fully evolve into themselves – @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  38. Good Morning from Los Angeles everyone. I’m following virtually and wish I were there with you #edcamppgh
  39. What if we create conditions where kids are sad that we have a snow day? @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  40. “What if we could create the conditions in which students are sad when school was closed?” –@LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  41. Think about learning as an ecosystem – where are we connected throughout our communities – @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  42. Let’s harness the creative power of our youth to solve some of our greatest problems #edcamppgh @LrningInstigatr
  43. So far 2 new confirmed @PAECT members joined this AM, many showing interest @swpaect #edcamppgh
  44. Nwpaect is represented too here at #edcampPGH we are talking collaboration for some summer social events and tech meetups @swpaect @PAECT
  45. How we learn is through movement and yet there is more and more seat time – @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  46. How can we create the cndtns to awaken a childs spirit to the point that they are bummed when a snow day comes? @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  47. Let’s harness the creative power of our youth to solve some of our greatest problems #edcamppgh @LrningInstigatr
  48. What if we create conditions where kids are sad that we have a snow day? @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  49. The keynote just said that Minecraft is awesome! My 8 year old is hooked with it! Fun! #edcamppgh
  50. Via @LrningInstigatr need new metaphors for learning. What is the overall purpose?Creating conditions where we can fully evolve #edcamppgh
  51. “What is the purpose of education? Eudaimonia…human flourishing” @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  52. Create conditions in which people can fully evolve into themselves – @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  53. “A lot of the tools that we’re supposed to access to, not allowed in spaces for learning.” @LrningInstigatr re: Youtube #edcamppgh
  54. “How many of you have the freedom to change your curriculum year to year.” 1/4 hands go up #edcamppgh
  55. Grades 1 -12 account for only 18.5% of our learning cycle in life. via @LrningInstigatr #edcampPGH #gtchat
  56. If you haven’t heard @LrningInstigatr speak about her views on learning vs. education, you are missing out. #edcamppgh
  57. “I love learning but over time, I’ve become anti-education.” @LrningInstigatr #edcamppgh
  58. “I love learning, but over time, I’ve become anti-education because it robs kids of the love of learning”. #edcamppgh
  59. @LrningInstigatr taking the floor to be disruptive for the sake of learning. Love her! Lets hear it for the troublemakers! #EdCampPGH
  60. Nwpaect is represented too here at #edcampPGH we are talking collaboration for some summer social events and tech meetups @swpaect @PAECT
  61. @edcampPGH please post some great pictures/comments today so I can what I am missing…#edcamppgh
  62. Can’t believe I am missing the day with my fellow @edcampPGH committee members…have a great one…save me a M shirt!!! #edcamppgh
  63. @edcampPGH I’m on my way, ready for an awesome day of learning and sharing #edcamppgh
  64. @TheEllisSchool is filling up quickly with eager educators excited to learn from each other at #edcamppgh
  65. RT @TeachToDream: Love my Twitter PLN. A MUST have! great way to grow your pedagogy & connect w others wanting2 grow! #edcamppgh #edcamppkb
  66. @Mr_Oldfield My PLN has made it so I’m not stuck with the same old ideas within my 4 walls but have the insight of Ts everywhere #edcamppgh
  67. It’s a beautiful day for some meaningful professional development!! #edcamppgh starts in 67 minutes!!
  68. @Mr_Oldfield Love my Twitter PLN. A MUST have! A great way to grow your pedagogy and connect with others wanting to grow! #edcamppgh
  69. Can u guys help me share w/ #edcamppkb the power of building a PLN through Twitter?! Share ur thots please. Use our hashtag. #edcamppgh
  70. @mpelochino tomorrow at #edcamppgh I’m going to get feedback on which #2minPD to create next! Hope to make 1 per week.
  71. @ksivick I’m from the Philly Suburbs! We should bond tomorrow at #edCampPGH! Thank you so much for coming out for it!!
  72. Come to #edcampPGH and taste the fabulousness of @MetzCulinary for lunch, awesome chats w Ts & screening of @IfYouBuildItDoc movie!
  73. Classroom flexibility needed with gamification, student must work on something in room, but they pick what to do. #edcamppgh
  74. @Learn21Tech Thank you! Ellis School is fantastic, had a great day at #edcamppgh sorry we had to leave early.
  75. @EduCait_Tech @Dsalvucci Thank you for sharing. Learning a lot here virtually from Cali!
  76. Classroom flexibility needed with gamification, student must work on something in room, but they pick what to do. #edcamppgh
  77. Classroom flexibility needed with gamification, student must work on something in room, but they pick what to do. #edcamppgh
  78. @Dsalvucci This is why I love SBG! Rewards kids for what they’ve shown, no punishment for failure. encouragment to try again. #edcamppgh
  79. CAPA Student now addressing #edcamppgh, what learning is and should be from student perspective. #edcamppgh
  80. @LrningInstigatr my summary is: learning, collaborating, facilitating, modeling, motivating, connecting, #edcamppgh
  81. Heading to @edcampPGH tomorrow at the Ellis School, stop by the @swpaect table if you are there.

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Collaborative Assignments

So, my students are winding up their collaborative projects that I have posted about previously, click here to view.  The last couple of days students have made a a concerted effort to finish up the projects.  Students have been staying after school, using my open door policy by coming in during their study halls, lunch periods, or any other free time, and asking questions after hours via Edmodo.  While I admire their efforts, I believe that if they started out this focused on the project, there would be no need for as much effort now.  I do realize that the dreaded, state mandated, standardized tests were last week which created a different atmosphere for the start of the project.  Being entrenched in the holiday season and weekly threat of “SNOWMAGEDDON X” from the local weather forecasters has added to the ongoing list of distractions for this project.

Digital Housekeeping

Yesterday, I was reflecting on some of my notes from PETE & C last week.  I am trying to round out my digital footprint from strictly “Techno Geek” stuff to adding more of the “Social, Non-Educational Me” stuff.  In the process of reflecting I noticed that my iPhone is running out of storage space.  Upon further review, I had over 380 new pictures that were not uploaded anywhere for safe keeping.

Since I was off from work, I decided to do some “Digital Housekeeping.”   I opened up several photo apps on my iPhone and began uploading the images to the appropriate websites.  I keep my family photos on one website, they are locked down as private; there is nothing inappropriate on the site, I am just more comfortable not sharing EVERYTHING with the world.

I also uploaded a bunch of images to my Flickr account.  This account has all of the images labeled with the Creative  Commons Reusable with Attribution license.  I place many generic, everyday photos of things I come in contact with here.  I make my students search for open source and resusable images when creating projects for class.  It is my belief that I should give back to the system and add images for others to use.

All images sent to Flickr also go to my family storage site, there is an overlap, but storage is free, so why not take advantage of the space.  Once I upload images, I am working on keeping only my favorites on my device.  This will free up Gigabytes of space on my phone and allow me to record many more family moments and general interesting events I see.  I need to do digital housekeeping on a regular basis and I still have a long way to go with pairing down the images on my devices.

My PETE & C Story

My PETE & C Story

My Notes from PETE & C 2014

  1. @LexieKon Thank you for the resources! Will use  http://storify.com  to collect the notes from today’s #pete2014
  2. Sweet! You can build and display badges in a WordPress plugin! Nice deal! #pete2014
  3. Decisions is a GREAT FREE app to get kids to learn how to make decisions. Check it out. #Pete2014
  4.  http://Collaborizeclassroom.com  can make a discussion board for your class if you can’t use Google+. Create after class conversations #pete2014
  5. Home from #pete2014, great to see my long time PLN face to face again, meet new friends, and finally meet some long time PLN for first time.
  6. @shareski it was my pleasure, keep spreading the word and reminding us we we chose this profession. #pete2014
  7. It was great seeing many of my PLN face to face again at #pete2014
  8. “I am not anti-assessment, I am anti-simple.” Discuss and do more. @shareski #pete2014
  9. “Why School” by Will Richardson is a must read, ebook format @shareski #pete2014
  10. The purpose of school is not to graduate kids, it is to get them to love learning for life. @shareski #pete2014
  11. Start class w/”This is what I learned yesterday, or today.” @shareski #pete2014
  12. Students self assess work before they submit it, they own it. #pete2014
  13. 2 critical ?’s for students: What did you learn from others? What did you contribute to others? @shareski #pete2014
  14. We need to bring back the concept of community to the classroom. @shareski #pete2014
  15. Exit ticket for class, students must ask a question before they leave. @shareski #pete2014
  16. Excellent read “The Book of Learning and Forgetting” @shareski #pete2014
  17. Introduce kids to new concepts they would not normally think about. @shareski #pete2014
  18. Photo a day blog, forces you to look for things you haven’t seen before, break the routine. @shareski #pete2014
  19. @shareski Great Keynote, thank you for pushing for USEFUL change and positive energy. #pete2014
  20. Showing gratitude is key, we need to get better at this. @shareski #pete2014
  21. We need to share the joyful moments that occur in your classroom or school. @shareski #pete2014
  22. Instead of sending a weekly newsletter how about doing weekly updates with students and videotape it! #Pete2014
  23. “…learning should be visible” thanks @shareski Inspiring keynote this morning.
    #pete2014
  24. There are tons of great resources out there, but nothing beats personalization for your students. @shareski #pete2014
  25. Not Sage on the Stage or Guide on the Side, but Meddler in the Middle. @shareski #pete2014
  26. Show how you learn, even if it isn’t about your class or curriculum, learning is important . #pete2014