Teach Like a Pirate, Dave Burgess (@burgessdave) pleaded with teachers to bring their passions into their work, and use those passions to engage their students. Dave said, "It is not WHAT you do, it is HOW you do it - YOU are the magic in your classroom!" He explained to attendees that in every standard and every piece of content he looks for an LCL - a Life Changing Lesson that goes beyond curriculum and brings a richness to student learning. His session was packed with some powerfully practical hooks teachers can use to strengthen student engagement. With these hooks and other concepts from his book, Dave provided some great ways to provide experiences for students. "Lessons are quickly forgotten, but an experience lasts a lifetime!"
In one afternoon session, Michele Eaton (@lyonmi) presented a workshop on the SAMR model, which classifies lessons into one of four levels: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, or Redefinition. This lens is helping teachers move from lessons that gain little from the addition of the technology, toward activities that truly were not possible without the technology. Online services that allow for real time collaboration, or publishing to a wider audience fall high on this measure. Find Michele's resources for this session at http://mbcurl.me/MFY1