Friday, June 12, 2015

Making a Splash With Digital Learning

Batesville kicked off their two day Summer of eLearning Conference, Making a Splash With Digital Learning, on June 10. Educators started day one with an inspiring message about curiosity from Keynote, Chic Thompson. Curiosity is what is changing the world and needs to be a life-long trait. It is what drives innovation from Peter Piot to Bill Gates to Pharrell Williams.

Curiosity is a key component of our adult world that needs fostered as children. Chic encouraged attendees to work on developing passionate curiosity in themselves and their students. As one method to achieve this, participants were encouraged to wear their watch on the opposite arm for the duration of the conference. Chic encouraged attendees to smile each time they look at the wrong arm. Smiles open us up to passionate curiosity, which is what attendees are looking for with their attendance.

Another way to develop curiosity is to embrace our difficulties in a different manner. When we forget something on a trip, think like Einstein and challenge yourself to find something that can act in place of the item. Chic related a personal situation in which he forgot his cufflinks on a business trip. Instead of rolling up his sleeves, he thought like Einstein and used the dresser drawer knobs.

The opposite technique can help to turn your ideas around. Chic asked attendees planning a summer vacation to have the family list 10 things they’d never ever do on vacation. Post them and see if you can flip them from impossibility into possibility.

Several sessions were offered throughout the day to share the classroom integration of Apple applications. Teachers learned much about effectively incorporating Apple tools into the classroom. From tips and tricks for iPad and Mac to more in-depth information about specific products such as Keynote or iMovie, teachers had plenty to learn about Apple products for their classrooms.

Sessions were offered on Google Apps for Education, Canvas, and Edmodo to provide assistance for those schools migrating from My Big Campus. The sessions included Google Goodness, by Nathan Davidson and Google Tips and Tricks, by Judy White and Brandy Hicks. Lights, Camera, Action! Creating Video and Audio Projects, was presented by Kyle Laker, Instructional Technology Specialist at Batesville. In this session, attendees explored how video and audio can be used in the classroom. Batesville student projects were shared to demonstrate the power of audio and video. Participants also learned ways to incorporate video and audio in their daily classroom.

Guest Blogger: Jackie Huber

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