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NCAGT 2011 Meeting of the Minds

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Drs. Angela and Brian Housand
NC Gifted Conference
March 28, 2011
ahousand@gmail.com
brianhousand@gmail.com

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NCAGT 2011 Meeting of the Minds

  1. 1. Technology Tools to Access Shared Thinking and Strengthen Collaborations<br />Dr. Angela Housand & Dr. Brian Housand<br />NCAGT 2011 – Winston-Salem, NC<br />http://bit.ly/NCAGT-MOTM<br />
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  11. 11. <ul><li>More than 500 million active users
  12. 12. 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  13. 13. Average user has 130 friends
  14. 14. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events.
  15. 15. Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month.
  16. 16. More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.</li></li></ul><li>1. Don't be afraid to fall in love with something and pursue it with intensity.<br />2. Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit and enjoy your greatest strengths.<br />3. Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others and to walk away from the games they impose on you.<br />Free yourself to play your own game.<br />4. Find a great teacher or mentor who will help you.<br />5. Don't waste energy trying to be well rounded.<br />6. Do what you love and can do well.<br />7. Learn the skills of interdependence.<br />
  17. 17. New Skills For A New Age<br />What students must master to succeed.<br />
  18. 18. LEARN<br />Access, evaluate, and use different forms of information.<br />Exercise critical thinking.<br />Exhibit fluency with tech tools. <br />
  19. 19. CREATE<br />Use various forms of media when presenting ideas. <br />Display originality. <br />Employ problem solving skills. <br />
  20. 20. COLLABORATE<br />Work successfully as a team. <br />Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness. <br />Communicate complex ideas effectively. <br />
  21. 21. www.p21.org<br />Collaborate with Others<br />Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams<br />Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal<br />Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member<br />
  22. 22. http://www.iste.org/nets<br />http://nets-implementation.<br />iste.wikispaces.net/<br />
  23. 23. Communication <br />and Collaboration<br />Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.<br />
  24. 24. Communication <br />and Collaboration<br />Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.<br />Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.<br />Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.<br />Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.<br />
  25. 25. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” <br />- Helen Keller<br />
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  29. 29. 19%<br />Percentage of Americans who have tried a video call. <br />
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  33. 33. More Than Just A Video Phone!<br />Screen Sharing<br />Group Video Calling<br />Send Files<br />
  34. 34. Ideas for Using Skype <br /><ul><li>Skype an Expert
  35. 35. Classroom Exchange
  36. 36. Virtual Field Trips
  37. 37. Social Network Building for G/T
  38. 38. Face to Face Interactions</li></li></ul><li>Avoiding Potential Pitfalls<br /><ul><li>Plan ahead!
  39. 39. Schedule a TEST RUN.
  40. 40. Prepare questions ahead of time.
  41. 41. Expect the unexpected.
  42. 42. Have a Plan B, C, D, and possibly E.</li></li></ul><li>
  43. 43. http://www.diigo.com<br />
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  49. 49. Google Docs<br /><ul><li>No software to purchase or install!
  50. 50. LIVES in the CLOUD! Work is automatically saved.
  51. 51. Allows access to files from any computer that connects to the Internet.
  52. 52. Collaborate on documents in REAL TIME. Instantly see what your collaborators are typing.
  53. 53. FORM function allows you to create and deploy web-based surveys with results that are automatically compiled in a spreadsheet.
  54. 54. FOLDER function allows you to store ANY file online. You can access from anywhere and share with anyone. </li></ul>http://docs.google.com<br />
  55. 55. Ideas for Using Google Docs<br /><ul><li>Collaborative writing projects
  56. 56. Peer editing
  57. 57. Project planning
  58. 58. Brainstorming
  59. 59. Group presentation creation
  60. 60. Data gathering and analysis
  61. 61. Survey creation
  62. 62. Mind mapping</li></li></ul><li>
  63. 63. Dropbox is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.<br />
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  66. 66. How Much Space? <br />2GB FREE<br />Install on another computer.<br />Share<br />a<br />folder.<br />Invite <br />a friend or colleague.<br />Install <br />on your <br />phone.<br />
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  70. 70. Ideas for Calendar<br /><ul><li>Group task monitoring
  71. 71. Creating a class / group calendar
  72. 72. Assignment Due Dates
  73. 73. Project Timelines
  74. 74. Parent Communication</li></li></ul><li>
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  85. 85. Observations From the Field<br />
  86. 86. The Program<br />Elementary – 5th Grade<br />Enrichment pull-out program<br />Environmental science focus<br />Coastal region<br />Nearby lake and stream<br />
  87. 87. 10 Fifth Grade Students<br /><ul><li>Gender
  88. 88. 6 female
  89. 89. 4 male
  90. 90. Identified
  91. 91. 7 formal district procedures
  92. 92. 3 teacher recommendation
  93. 93. Ethnic Diversity
  94. 94. 6 European-white
  95. 95. 2 Latino
  96. 96. 2 African American</li></li></ul><li>Complete Autonomy to:<br /><ul><li>Engage in high-level content
  97. 97. Authentic learning focused on local, regional, and global contexts
  98. 98. Research and critically examine the impacts of regional growth on complex ecosystems</li></li></ul><li>Complete Autonomy to:<br /><ul><li>Apply skills of leadership, responsibility, productivity, and self-direction to achieve self-determined goals
  99. 99. Communicate and collaborate via the Internet with students from Norway</li></li></ul><li>The Instructor<br />PhD in Gifted Education<br />In depth knowledge of:<br />Dynamic learning communities<br />Curriculum for gifted and talented<br />Environmental science<br />
  100. 100. Connection to Norway<br />Gifted students<br />Advanced contact and planning between instructors<br />Surrounded by similar water bodies<br />Different climate<br />
  101. 101. The Researcher<br />27 visits<br />February through June 2009<br />Exploratory study looking for emerging themes<br />Non-participatory<br />Non-instructional<br />
  102. 102. What happened?<br />
  103. 103. #1 Major Finding<br />Difficulty accessing technology<br />Insufficient access to the internet<br />Too few computers in classroom<br />Inadequate computer hardware and software<br />iPhone used to circumvent school firewall<br />
  104. 104. Inadequate technology may have contributed to the failure of effectively creating a dynamic learning community with students’ in Norway.<br />
  105. 105. Technology Should...<br />Enable NOT Disable<br />
  106. 106. Think Mobility<br />
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  108. 108. One<br />Laptop per<br />Child<br />
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  110. 110. 80%<br />(NPR March 16, 2011)<br />
  111. 111. How many times were gifted students allowed to access the internet in school this week?<br />
  112. 112. If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. <br />But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.<br />-George Bernard Shaw<br />
  113. 113. Technology Tools to Access Shared Thinking and Strengthen Collaborations<br />Dr. Angela Housand & Dr. Brian Housand<br />NCAGT 2011 – Winston-Salem, NC<br />http://bit.ly/NCAGT-MOTM<br />

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