Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Transform





Joining others hosting their first Summer of eLearning conference is South Vermillion Community Schools.

Transform organizers are encouraging attendees to be active on Twitter and even designed a trophy for Top Tweeter during the two day event.  As day one wraps up, educators are making sure to take an #eduselfie and post it to Twitter using #svtransform14 to be eligible for prizes.



The South Vermillion High School iCATS Students invited educators to Find Out What Students Really Want and Need in the Classroom. Following Leslie Fisher's keynote was no small task, but this group was up to it. In fact, they invited Fisher to co-present with them. The iCATS are students in a vocational credit course at SVHS that run a help desk in the main office and develop resources such as iMovies for faculty and students. They shared an Instead of (Textbook, Term Paper, Daily Journals, etc): Series for teachers to consider and then opened up the session for questions and answers. 

“Sometimes I feel like I’m standing on the tip of an iceberg; there’s so much underneath me and I’m trying to scoop it up,” proclaimed Jacqueline Roberts, 7th grade language arts teacher at the opening of her session 8 Ways to Incorporate Blooms Taxonomy and SAMR in Student Assignments. Roberts teaches in South Vermillion, which has a 1:1 iPad inititative. She shared how her students created mindmaps to trace character development as they read a class novel. Students were able to add notes and show their learning using apps such as Simple Minds and MindMup.

Roberts encouraged attendees to take risks with technology, “The great thing about technology is that in seconds you can do a search for ways to go deeper in the content and you can encourage your students to do the same.”

Jennifer Butler led the afternoon session Professionally Pinterest. Butler, a French teacher at Riverton Parke, found that teaching world language in a rural high school can be isolating. Collaborating through social media allows her to connect with other French educators from around the world. An example of this is the collaborative board French Learning that she contributes to. With nearly 3100 pinners, this board was created by Lanugage Comics and provides her with a constant stream of new ideas and resources. Attendees enjoyed the bulk of the time discussing ways to use Pinterest or taking advantage of one to one assistance setting up their account.

To see other ways educators around the state are using Pinterest check out Pinnovation.

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