Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Making Waves With eLearning!

We caught the wave for our next stop and joined over 600 Indiana educators at Lafayette Jefferson High School for their "Making Waves with eLearning" conference! This district brings the energy and passion to everything they do for teachers and students and that is evident in the amazing conference sessions and interesting topics they offer each day.  We were honored to take the stage as the morning keynote and share 'What's New in eLearning in Indiana'.  Be sure to check out our website to stay caught up and follow us @INeLearn for up-to-date learning.

For those participants looking to step up their tweeting, Brett Clark (@MrBrettClark), Director of Technology for Greater Clark County Schools had some great suggestions in his Twitter 201 session. Clark pointed teachers toward a great site for Educators New to Twitter.  He also showed some great hashtag conversations, like these curated by (@cybraryman1) Jerry Blumengarten. 

Lindsey Sickler (@LindseySickler) shared how she teaches digital citizenship as she works with her 4th grade class. Knowing that her students, even at the elementary level, are participating in social media like Facebook and Twitter, Sickler encourages them to “tHink” before they post, text, or tweet. She also gives them opportunities to learn good habits through concrete activities like “tweeting” on post-it notes, and publishing blogs. Check out Common Sense Media for some great resources on Digital Literacy and Citizenship. Common Sense has also launched an app called Digital Passport, which focuses on key issues with a suite of videos and games.

Nathan Davidson (@NDEdTech) led a valuable session: 1:1 That’s Second to None discussing what is essential in a successful 1:1 implementation.  Davidson used multiple free tools to engage the audience in the discussion including Poll Everywhere  and Today’s Meet  to honor the group’s ideas and questions.  For classroom collaboration he noted that not much can beat Google apps, but be sure to check out Smart Amp  and  Classflow. Davidson is dedicated learner that brings his years of classroom and eLearning coaching experience to his work. Reach out to him for great ideas and resources. 

After a delicious lunch,  “the Nerdy Teacher" Nick Provenzano presented his session: Creating a Genius in Every Hour: 20 Time in Education.  He asked participants to consider freeing up 1-day a week to empower students to work on something they are passionate about.  Providing this free choice learning option takes planning and guidance but Provenzano shares the steps to make it happen including the use of Evernote for shared notes, and Remind for an easy way to keep people on task.   Provenzano helped his students envision their passions by using TEDx for inspiration.  However, he didn't stop with just sharing the videos - he applied for and was selected to host a TEDx event in his district showcasing 15 of his students presenting their passion projects!   Provenzano is the ISTE National Teacher of the Year and is an amazing educator to follow: @thenerdyteacher  

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