Yesterday I attended a conference at Clarion U, it was a STEM focused conference. The conference kicked off with an amazing keynote @thomascmurray. If this name looks familiar to you - he was one of the individuals who spearheaded #dlday or digital learning day. He started his keynote by focusing on future ready classrooms and schools. It was an encouraging keynote with some elements of teach like a pirate (#tlap) and Danielson's framework for teaching. It was great to see an amazing teacher light the fire for education. I stuck around for his first session which discussed personalize professional development (PD). In this session we discussed ways to personalize our Professional Development. Some suggestions that were listed included:
The second session was when @HannahJSansom and I presented. We presented about apps in a discussion type format with other educators. Here is a link to our website. We divided the group into smaller groups based on the devices they had access to in their schools. @HannahJSansom lead a discussion with those who had iPads and I lead a discussion with those who had windows or chrome books. We had a great discussion about apps and tools!
The third session was lead by @mattbergman14 he lead a fantastic presentation about what to do with your students during the last 5 minutes of class. He focused upon 3 main questions to use the last five minutes:
Overall this was a fantastic, motivating, and encouraging conference. I enjoyed building my PLN.
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I teach graudate course and I am always striving to make my recorded flipped pieces more engaging for students to watch. Today on Youtube I came across this video by @Flippingphysics. In this video he reviews several ways to engage students in your recorded flipped video. I always seem to struggle with this aspect. So let's see what he has to say. Some of the tips I jotted down are for my video flipped lessons and others are for my "live" online sessions.
The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching & Learning through Movement by Michael Kuczala from TEDxAshburn Notes
As a result of this Ted talk I challenge you to incorporate more movement in your class. I teach undergraduate students who want to be future educators. I challenge myself to use movement more in the classroom whether that be through a small brain break, taking a walk to do QR code projects, or by having class in a space that is more conducive to group work. I also like the idea of use tech to tie in with kinestetic movement.
After a fantastic #teacheredchat last night about teacher prep programs, mentoring and social media I added @doccarpenter to my growing PLN. This morning I watched a webinar that he conducted for AACTE it can be found here. This webinar discussed why Twitter is needed for teacher prep programs. I have used twitter in my #educ204toi class as a tool to help them connect and build a robust PLN. Most students really grab ahold and run with Twitter and really develop their PLN.
My notes and thoughts on the webinar are below:
Overall, this webinar is great for anyone who is new to Twitter. I recommend this to those of you who are exploring the use of Twitter in your classroom or to build your own personal learning network (PLN). Happy tweeting!
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