Tuesday, July 8, 2014

C4: Connect, Collect, Collaborate and Create!

After a trip to Atlanta for #ISTE2014, and a few days off to celebrate America's 238 birthday, we dove back into the Summer of eLearning at Carmel Clay Schools for their C4:Connect, Collect, Collaborate and Create conference(#c4ccs). They started the morning with almost twenty breakout sessions over a variety of Edtech topics.  I joined Seth Hamilton (@edtechseth) for "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That!": Building a PLN.  Seth shared insights into how Twitter and Pinterest can expand your learning and your connections to other educators.  Seth uses TweetDeck to manage his Twitter feed so he can stay up to date but not have Twitter "vampire" his time.  Participants liked being able to have private boards on Pinterest that can be shared with a select audience like students or colleagues.  Don't forget to follow #INeLearn on both Twitter and Pinterest!

Next, a packed lab joined Chris Atkinson (@ChrisLAtkinson) for the "411 on Chrome" during his Chromeapalooza session. Chris is a self proclaimed Google evangelist and a Google Certified Teacher and his expertise and passion for Chrome is contagious!  Chris took the group through the many reasons for using Chrome,  and some Google vocabulary like Omni Bar which combines your regular address bar and the search box into one area in your browser- very cool.  The rest of the session was spent in a flurry of amazing Google Apps like Powtoon, Drive, Hangout Launcher, Kaizena (voice comments), WeVideo (video editor and maker), Pixlr Editor, Feedly, Lucidchart, Stictcher, MoveIt and so much more.  For all the 411 from Chris visit his site for his presentation and contact information.

Meri Carnahan joined Denise Dragash's session titled "6 Grade Levels + 7 Programs = Literacy in an
Ever Changing World." Denise, media specialist at Prairie Trace Elementary in Carmel, works with all students and teachers in her school to integrate technology to enhance literacy instruction. She utilizes Google Docs, Word, Power Point, Glogster, Excel, Publisher, and her favorite, Pixie. Have you thought about having your students create digital scrapbooks in Google Docs and share them with their parents? What about sharing what your students would do as president in Pixie? These are just a few of the examples that Denise shared.

After the morning sessions all 300+ attendees filed in to the auditorium to be awed by Leslie Fisher (@lesliefisher) and her presentation, BYOD: Tools and Implementation.  She shared so many great sites and applications that can be used to empower students in their learning.  The audience loved joining in the learning and fun with Kahoot and Infuse Learning- both free and a great way to assess learning in an engaging way. By far Leslie's introduction to augmented learning received the most oohs and ahhs from the audience.  If you aren't up to speed on this amazing concept- check out all the information from Leslie in this handout. Part of the eLearning team was glad to connect with Leslie and thank her for being part of the wonderful learning happening all over Indiana this summer. 

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