The comic is a 5 page PDF that photo-chronicles all 4 glorious days at ISTE 2012.
For a complete photographic journey, check out all 64 photos in the ISTE 2012 Flickr set.
For a complete photographic journey, check out all 64 photos in the ISTE 2012 Flickr set.
The infographic below highlights multiple sectors of cheating from kindergarten to high school and college to the working world in 4 sections:
Created by: OnlineMastersDegree.com
As most of you may know, my hometown is New Braunfels and it is one of the BEST places to live! In addition to claiming to have the world’s largest water park and Buc-ee’s, we also are home to the oldest bakery in Texas and one of the most haunted hotels in Texas (see video below).
No, I have not been hired by the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau to beef up NB tourism in the wake of “Can the Ban”… I am simply truly excited and inspired by New Braunfel’s efforts to share their cultural heritage and history in a new and engaging way!
New Braunfels Footprints in Time is a Historic Driving and Walking tour that can be accessed from the website (on a desktop or mobile device). The tour showcases 67 different locations including homes, businesses, murals, and shops and shares and provides beautifully crafted and engaging videos for each!
Each location on the tour also corresponds with a GPS location and a QR code to access the video when you have located your destination.
The Faust video is probably one of my favorites but truly all of them are so well done and weave a wonderfully engaging tale of history and culture. Whether you intend on visiting our little German town virtually or in person, this tour is a must for any family or classroom.
Further Thoughts: Consider using these videos and historical tour as a springboard for future classroom projects. Students could use them as a virtual tour and create their own travel brochures or postcards based on the info provided. Students could even create their own QR code historical tour of locations in their school, district, or city using video and podcasts. Finally, students could share these resources with another classroom or community abroad and compare and contrast their history to that of a classroom in Europe or South America.
Know another city that has a QR code tour? Share links in the comment section.
Bloom’s taxonomy continues to be be a HOTS (pun intended) topic in the classroom. After a bit of internet research and the intent to ignite a passion for learning, I thought I would share my recipe for Bloomin’ Learning: Bloom’s Taxonomy, digital artifacts, writing and reflection, and a collaborative forum for sharing and publishing.
Bloom’s Review: Before we put our thinking hats on, let’s review Bloom’s…with the Simpsons (link to original video).
Flipped Bloom’s: Some suggest the original ladder of Bloom’s is an arduous climb for learners and should be evaluated. Rather than spend the majority of class time in the basement of Bloom’s, begin with a creating task and glean the knowledge necessary to complete the process. (Read more on Flipping Bloom’s here).
Digital Artifacts: While outdated, the Bloom’s ladder drum video showcases how an object can be threaded throughout each level of Bloom’s. A similar example using the revised taxonomy features a rock:
Some digital artifacts can be personal and hold value to students. As digital storytelling is a powerful tool and most mobile devices and many computers have a way to locate or capture photos of such artifacts (whether they be an object, a person, a place, an event, a lab), I thought it best to begin with this type of digital media and use it as a framework for Bloom’s. While the Bloom’s pyramid listed is outdated, the idea is still significant.
A Taxonomy of Writing and Reflection: As the photos are truly meant to inspire our thoughts and words in order to ultimately write reflectively and collaboratively, I thought I would share the next support resource: “Reflect… Reflecting… Reflection…”
Bloomin’ Hackathon: Chris Walsh shared the idea of a creative hackathon task during his ISTE 2012 session “Creativity is the Killer App”. The participant task involved each table sharing their most creative learning experience, the table voting on the best one shared, and culminated with each group creating a collaborative digital artifact to represent the learning experience selected. All of the artifacts can be viewed using the hashtag #creativelearning.
Thus, I propose a Bloomin’ Hackathon with the purpose to share the best and most creative uses of Bloom’s in the classroom. Rather than question-proof the event with a detailed rubric for submission, I leave you with this question, “What should Bloom’s Taxonomy look like in the classroom?”
Please reply with a digital artifact in the comment section of the blog and/or with the hashtag #bloominglearnining
Bloomin’s Best Resources: If you haven’t had your fill of Bloomin’ Resources, check out these listed below.
Bloomin’ Hackathon by TechChef4u is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Spent a few hours walking the ISTE exhibitor floor this week. As luck would have it, I ended up meeting the famous Peter Reynolds and had him sign a book for each of my boys. What an amazing experience!
One of the most entertaining and engaging sessions I had the pleasure to attend was “Creating and Collecting Digital Work” with Tammy Worcester and Kevin Honeycutt. Not only were the tools they shared easily applicable to any classroom, their presentation style truly embodied many of the ideals of creativity, play, and value shared in some of the earlier sessions I attended (which will be summarized in a later blog).
Tammy modeled the role of the teacher and Kevin channeled his inner child. The session essentially focused on creating and collecting digital work in various forms (e.g screencasting desktop work, capturing traditional pencil and paper tasks, recording audio products, and transforming digital creations into tangible items). All of the resources shared for the session (and many more) can be found on Tammy’s site.
Glad I sat in the front row for this session – my iPad was able to capture some of the best moments. Grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy!
Truly loved the idea of collecting all of the work in a digital class dropbox created with a Google Form.
One last nugget. Kevin shared a great idea. Create coffee mugs with a QR code hyperlinked to one of your student’s digital delights or a classroom site that is constantly updated with student work – what a great way to start a teacher’s or parent’s morning.
“All my bags are packed… I’m ready to go…”… again. June has been a very busy month with multiple conferences and speaking engagements. And today is no different as I enjoy the San Antonio airport’s amazing and FREE Wifi to complete this blog before I head out to ISTE. While I thoroughly enjoy all of these events… as a mommy, I sometimes feel guilty leaving my two boys. Thus, I spent a good hour or two last night customizing a few apps for my eldest to enjoy in my absence.
While I typically only showcase FREE apps, the following two paid apps were worth every penny to provide a personal learning experience for my little boy in my absence.
Write My Name: Though this app includes upper and lower case letters and familiar word cards, the best feature is the ability to include your own name tags. Each name tag consists of a photo, text name of photo, and a brief audio recording. I decided to take pics of immediate family members (including the pets) and a few familiar house items (e.g. bed, toys, clock, etc…).
Visit “iPrep 4 Kinder” for more apps and resources to support the preschool/primary child using the iPad.
“What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?”
This is a session created by Yolanda Barker and myself (both mommies of preschoolers) to showcase how an iPad can support and supplement the acquisition of multiple skills necessary to enter the Kindergarten classroom. After completing some online research, we created a Google Form. Over 80+ Kindergarten NorthEast ISD teachers shared their take on “What are the top 3-5 skills you wish your Kindergarten students had before the first day of school?“. Based on their input, “iPrep 4 Kinder” was born to showcase how the iPad and apps could support fundamentally essential skills (e.g. spelling name, letter and sound recognition, rhyming, keyboarding skills, following directions, building social skills, color/shape recognition, etc…) which will give preschool students the leg up upon their entrance into the Kindergarten realm.
Below is a Listly created with all of the hyperlinks and resources for our session, “Hot Apps 4 TOTS”:
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I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who voted, tolerated my online pleas for votes, and supported me in the “We Are Teachers” contest to achieve my dream of attending ISTE 2012. I feel very blessed and am eager to learn, share, and chronicle my experiences. Sending virtual app-reciation to you all.
A very special thanks goes out to Jon Samuelson (aka @iPadSammy) who was the best iCheerleader anyone could have. Thanks for all of your kind words and support.