Tuesday, June 17, 2014


We dove into the third week of the Summer of eLearning at Tri-Creek School Corporation's Lowell High School to get engagED with our educator friends in the region.  The two-day conference provided sessions and keynotes that will leave learners engagED, equippED and empowerED.
Today's keynote comes back to Indiana for her second conference.  New York teacher and technology instigator, Meg Wilson shared her experiences on the power of mobile learning.  She challenged the audience to provide learning that connects students to the world through initiatives like global selfies from NASA, and by virtually connecting people and places across the world.  Follow Meg on Twitter @ipodsibilities for great resources for the classroom.
 Day two of the engagED conferences will bring author Sylvia Martinez as the keynote speaker.
Sylvia's book, Invent to Learn, was our Spring book group selection. 

There were many, many choices when it came to break out sessions, but I chose to join social studies teacher, Pat Berkshire in his session Collaborating Effectively : Fostering Twenty-First Century Skills in the Classroom.  Pat modeled collaboration by using a Google document for presenting, gathering and discussing the topic with the participants.  There was a focused discussion on the pros and challenges of using collaborative spaces with students.  Some of the suggested collaboration tools shared by the group were Celly, Kidblog, Today's Meet, Google documents, and more.  Connect with Pat @patberkshire for more ideas for collaboration. 
Next the conversation continued around collaborating in the session Connected Classrooms with Dan Gibson @hoosier_teacher, Amanda Haskins @ahaskins4, and virtually with Lara Ivey @laraIvey.  This trio presented many tools and examples for connecting classrooms to "flatten the world" for all learners.  I liked the way they met their audience with an online survey using Kahoots- a great tool for asking questions of a group. This session really provided great ways for seeing how teachers can work together virtually to share ideas and projects between classes.  You can find all their amazing information and ways you can connect in their Connected Classroom slides.  
Bridget Helms (@bridgethelms) led a session called ‘The Connected Educator and Social Media.” A school counselor at Hanover Community School Corporation, Helms shared how she uses tools like Pinterest to curate resources on everything from RTI to test taking tips. In this medium, professionals share ideas and often tweak to improve those posted by others. She also shared how she came to learn the usefulness of Twitter for her own professional learning. She participates in a number of conversations like #SCcrowd and #SCchat to connect with other school counselors.

1 comment:

  1. It was great to see elementary classrooms "flattening our world." Love the term too! Those students will be so much more engaged in the world around them when they move up to middle school and high school!