No need to focus strictly on tools. Rather, tools will come and go. Our goal tonight is to understand that technology can make learning actually happen and to utlize it to streamline and enhance the learning opportunities.
When we think about introducing anything into our classroom we have to identify the problem. Have you done this? If not, then you have committed the eternal technology issue of all time in education. It becomes a layer on top of many other layers.
Additionally, then problem with education is that we try to make life easier for the adults instead of focusing on what is good for students.
because there is not set goal, we see layer after layer, initiative after initiative and people burn out
If you keep adding layers without thought, then things will fall apart quickly
TEchnology just is, it is part of society and part of life. It naturally develops to enhance life and increase productivity and ease of solving problems.
we don’t need to add just because there is a new technology. we often get blinded by bright shiny objects
has the interactiveness really increased or is it just a simpler way to move slides than a keyboard?
I want my kids to enjoy school. They spend 40 hours a week there or a bit over 30% of their youth. It should be exciting and engaging
Sad and honestly pathetic that we still have to refer to “digital” classroom in schools. We live in a world that is naturally digitial and it is time for educators to stop giving pats on the back when we infuse technology into the classroom. It is a natural pathway of learning for students where we have embraced it or not
build the foundation first
w/o taking care of the learning culture, nothing will work
In Minecraft all teachers are students and all students are teachers. The hierarchy can be removed where a flexible environment is developed to allow everyone to step into the roles they desire.
I think many educators say they have this, but do they really?
This is not anything new. It has been around forever. We should not be promoting the 4 C;s as it should be common sense and expected. If we have to promote, then I question how many opportunities we are giving Ss.
I know, I know, it's sometimes considered an evil word, but the standards do not need to be scrapped and Minecraft is not a tool that excludes the curriculum.
you don’t need to cut standards or curriculum to play minecraft. In fact it's a tool that can be used to effectively combine curriculum with the other 4 Cs. It's only a matter of re-framing the curriculum discourse in a way that connects with the game. There-in lies the power of Minecraft: You can provide the same lesson material but framed in a way that adds more control and exploration for the student. Framed as a GAME, a Quest, an Adventure, a Goal. This adds incentive for the student to WANT to learn for more intrinsic reasons rather than just learning it for the sake of doing what the teacher says.
There is a deep and powerful social cost to companies like Uber. It's not just something disruptive against cab companies. It is about how new, disruptive, technology and apps come out, and play by their own rules. It's something to think about. The same can be said about local media, newspapers, radio and how we, as a society, get the depth of news and information that we need. We now get most of our news from FACEBOOK Watch the movie, Spotlight. The New Yorker published an article last Thursday titled, The End of Twitter. So, is it done? Can they comeback? The stock is crumbling, the executives are jumping ship, there has not been much innovation from them (in reality, what can you do with 140 characters?). So, is Twitter about to feel like Yahoo? Will someone (Facebook) acquire them? Will it become a niche service? Us media people are still deeply into Twitter, but are the masses coming along with us?
The scary thing with all of this is that most educators are not using social media or technology in their daily lives let alone their classroms so they are no longer in touch with the massive changes taking place in lifestyles among all generations. How can we prepare for the NOW let alone the future when we still live in the past?
Did we have goals to use a pencil?
It is no longer effective or essential for teachers to be essential master knowers. We must be learners. We must be viewed as a learner and not a teacher. This mindset justifies that teachers are needed now more than ever as we have to teach SKILLS and DISPOSITIONS. Robots can cover content and knowledge.
Almost all content is now a simple click away and this idea has radically shifted how we should be operating schools
We no longer need cultures of teaching with technology! Huge distinction
Example: stuyding for some tech exams with someone from Africa via Skype
Explain the objectives of this seminar: Learn about free resources, PD and how to connect with others (through the Microsoft Educator Community) Experience how technology can energize your students Discover how Microsoft can streamline the learning process, giving back valuable to time to teachers
From IDC report: Study found that teachers spend more than 200 hours (33 days) on non-instructional activities
Top 10 time sinks from IDC study
We are a project based leanring tool and this is an easy way to bring in authentic audience
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zni56lVckb0 Example Script: "Skype in the classroom is a free community that connects teachers with educators and guest speakers from around the world. It is a simple but streamlined portal where teachers can find, create and facilitate Skype lessons with their students. It can even connect your class to guest speakers! Invite zoo keepers, mountain climbers, professional athletes and even famous authors right into your classroom for a chat, meet and greet or a rich learning experience."
Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom. Using Skype in the classroom, you can meet new people, talk to experts, share ideas and create amazing learning experiences with teachers from around the world.
The future of education is global. Join a community of innovators! Skype in the classroom allows you to collaborate on exciting projects with educators around the world. Share your own teaching ideas with the community and search for ideas or speakers on any subject. With over 1,700 projects already online, you’ll find unlimited inspiration to refresh your lessons. Skype in the classroom is a fast, fun way to create exciting and memorable lessons for your students. Join thousands of teachers already using the service, and get immediate access to dozens of new cultures, languages and ideas.It’s very simple. Once you’ve created a profile to set out your interests, specialties and location, you can set up your own projects and appeal for classes, partner teachers or guest speakers and, if you like, offer your own services to others. Browse through projects or search by keyword to quickly find a good match. When you’ve found someone you’d like to connect with, you can add them as a Skype contact. There’s also a directory of resources to help you share inspiring videos, links and tips.
Getting started: There is a lot you can do on Skype in the classroom, but it’s worth noting that this is a community for education-related endeavours, not personal or commercial projects. Once you’ve created a profile with some details about yourself, you can begin to create your own projects. Within minutes you’ll be sharing your thoughts with the network and finding partner classes, teachers and guest speakers. Many people find Skype in the classroom useful for language teaching – imagine the difference between a textbook and a real-time face-to-face chat with a Skype penpal. For the same reason, music lessons and reading groups work very well on here. You can Skype individuals (students, teachers, professionals and inspiring individuals) or entire classes. This service is open your all ideas; the only limit is your imagination!
Talk Track Providing students the opportunity to express themselves in creative ways is considered at the top of Blooms Taxonomy. There are many tools and apps available to assist students in their work, but oftentimes students are hindered by the lack of skill around using a particular tool. Technology should never get in the way of student learning and creativity. Teachers are challenged to make available tools that are easy to learn, free, and provide an interesting canvas to show learning outcomes.
Talk Track Talk about all the ways in which Sway can be used. Open up my account and provide examples. Then have them create an account to get started with challenge Link to this Sway: https://sway.com/my
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Office Mix is PowerPoint, familiar, easy to use, but has powerful interactive features. Mix delivers actionable insights that can be used to assess knowledge transfer, evaluate learner satisfaction, and help content authors discover opportunities to optimize their content. Everything you need is in the Mix tab on the ribbon.
Students can even pull up the Office Mix lesson and their math OneNote notebook and follow along with their own math problems.
A few days later, the teacher pulls up the analytics and spends time looking at how long each student spent on each slide and how they did on the integrated quizzes.
She sees that her students grasped the concept and knows which three students need additional interventions to help them with the concept.
There are many other ways teachers can use Office Mix with their students.
With other features, like the ability to embed videos, live websites and interactive apps, students never leave the lesson which reduces the chance of them getting off-task, and creates a multimedia rich lesson that can meet the needs of diverse learners.
Additional features, like Exporting to Scorm or publishing right to Office 365 makes access to Mixes easy for students, and allows additional ways for teachers to monitor student progress.
Important note: You can incorporate OfficeMixes into your LMS and link it with your class. Using Office Mix with your LMS makes it easy to share content, assign mixes to students and track grades and progress. OfficeMix integrates with the many LMS providers,including Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas by Instructure, Haiku Learning, Moodle, and Schoology. To register your LMS with OfficeMix, go here - http://mix.office.com/lti.
Lead to schools using their work for their building.
Don’t hinder how they operate. Let them use the tools at theier disposal to learn.
Never about the technology, but people
Learning can be fun and exciting. Even better when it comes alive
How to Leverage Technology to Enhance Student Learning
How do I leverage
technology to enhance
gifted student learning?
Presented by: Aaron Maurer
• This session will explore the topic of educational
technology. Technology should no longer be a goal or
add-on in the classroom. We will explore how to
flatten your classroom walls, enhance student
learning, connect with authentic audiences, and
expand both student learning and teaching to move
beyond the pastel prisons of today's classrooms.
Build the culture
Technology can leverage learning IF we
Elements of a quality learning culture
• allows students to be curious
• allows students to be playful
• allows students to be risk takers
• allows students to be persistent
• allows students to share
• allows students to be treated like a person
• Tech is reserved to labs
• Tech used for discrete and narrow purposes (read a
• Tech is trying to be applied old mindsets of teaching
• Tech is more of a flashy gimmick instead of infusion
into culture of learning
• Tech is viewed as a goal or initiative
• Tech becomes is “add-on”
Current Technology Problems in Schools
Knowledge is EVERYWHERE
Teachers = Master Learners
No longer acceptable to do better.
We HAVE to do DIFFERENT
Creativity · Critical Thinking · Communication · Collaboration · Computational Thinking
students to be
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Average number of hours spent on non-
The Top 10 time sinks
Average annual number of inefficient hours by teaching activity
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