Friday, February 15, 2013

App Smackdown @ Ohio eTech X

     One of the best sessions I attended this past week at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference was the APP SmackDown during the #OETCx unconference on Tuesday.

    If you have never been to an App SmackDown it was 45 min. of pure information overload.  The moderators kicked it off all sharing their favorite or coolest app & then people from the audience lined up & shared theirs.  Each person only had about 2 min to share the app so you had to be quick & hope you didn't have any dongle problems.

     Here are the Apps that were SmackedDown as I  tweeted out the info that day.  Alot of great stuff here so pick one use it, & then come back for more.  A complete Google Doc of the App Smackdown was also compiled by @tjhouston & you can find it here.


SoundCloud Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio. 

WeVideo - Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud WeVideo lets you tell your story with video. 

GarageBand - Learn about Flex Time and other new features.   

Free Video  bring video into Keynote by saving it to the Camera roll of your iPad  

UJAM – Make your music.  With UJAM, you can create music for all the things in your life, for free!  

Soapbox (Social Presentations) for iPad on the iTunes App Store  
Socrative | Student Response System | Audience Response ... Socrative is a smart student response system

Reflector.app - AirPlay mirroring to your Mac or PC, wirelessly.  

Story Creator for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod ...   
Discover Medina History for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the ......  
Paper | FiftyThree  Paper by FiftyThree is the easiest and most beautiful way to create on the iPad. 

Ruzzle Free - Android Apps on Google Play... Challenge yourself and your friends in Ruzzle!  

Storyrobe for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store... -  
Pigeon Presents! Starring Mo Willems' Pigeon! Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!  

Sketch Nation Studio for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes ... ?...  
Feel free to add some apps you like to the comments below!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ohio eTech Reflections

     Well Ohio eTech has come to an end & as I sit back & reflect it was a very productive conference this year.  A big part of what I feel makes it successful for me is the twitter element.  I get so much more out of a conference than I used to because of following the backchannel on Twitter.  BT (Before Twitter) if I sat down in a not so "what I had hoped for" session I either had to suffer through or try to make my not so graceful exit.  AT (After Twitter) I can now simply enjoy all the other sessions being tweeted about & still perhaps catch a nugget or two from the one I'm in despite its level of engagement.  Some times I even find myself checking twitter during my own sessions, after all I now have twitter induced ADHD & one session simply does not suffice my thirst for learning.

     All that said I wanted to go back through my twitter notes, @RaiderEducation & on a few of the more interesting conference hashtags including #OETC13, #OETCx, #OETCpln13, and reflect on some of the best quotes, share some of the best links, take a look at a few of the best comments.  I plan to write a few other blogs based on specifics, but wanted to share the besties all together!  So here it goes, the best of the Ohio Educational Technology Conference through the eyes of @RaiderEducation.

First here is a little of what I picked out of my Twitter notes from #OETC13 especially from the Keynotes:

Great Quotes:
  • "Education is a far better cause than eCommerce" @AndrewYNg
  • "Education should be about helping students to succeed"@AndrewYNg
  • "The 24 hour period b4 HW is due traffic spikes proving procrastination is a global phenomenon" ~ @AndrewyNg
  • “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”― Plutarch via @AndrewYNg
  • "Great to see a lot of people getting out of their comfort zones to share important ideas with us" ~@CleveCat
  • "The flipped classroom model will allow for stronger professor-student relationships that we consider sacred" ~@AndrewYNg via +eTech Ohio 
  • "Stop making kids learn how we teach, start teaching how they learn." ~ @drjcm
  • "We can't compete w/neighboring districts anymore, we have 2 work together" ~ @drjcm
  • "There is no silver bullet for education, every district, every building, every student is different."
  • "Parents & students want choice, let's stop complaining that they want it & explore how we can give it!" ~ @drjcm
  • "If students don't have Internet access outside the classroom, it's not 1:1."~ Roger Minier via @schinker
  • "Be careful not to dismiss what is steadily getting better through innovation"~ @hstaker 
Great Resources:
   Now for the fun with #OETCx  big props to @eTech_Ohio for allowing something a bit different to take place. It was a huge success & some of the best sessions & discussions of conference took place in those three rooms.  Here is a little of what I picked out of my Twitter notes from #OETCx:

Funniest Quote: "I don't have any doggle problems!" ~said so many times I forget who said it first.

Best Quote: "Give me the tool and I will make it work" ~ @MrMacRaild

Best Sad but True Quote: "The teacher lounge is the #1 place where bullying takes place, don't let others stop you from taking risks" ~ +Toby Fischer

Best Motivational Quote: "People with a fixed mindset fear failure, if you fear, how can you expect your student not to fear, lead them" @mr_rcollins

Best video: A Pep Talk from Kid President to you,

Best App: Sketch Nation Studio - shown to me by @MaxBrooks1

Best Picture: from @rgallwitz

 















Hope you enjoyed the reflections as much as I did.  Can't wait to blog about specifics from some of the sessions I attended.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ohio eTech 2013

     This year I am again presenting multiple sessions at the Ohio eTech Conference.  Presenting, attending, learning, sharing, imagining & connecting are all reasons why I look forward to this conference every year.  There are several great EdTech conferences out there & this is certainly one of them (plus its one of the few close enough that my district will pay for me to go to).

     For those that follow @RaiderEducation on Twitter I will make sure to keep the batteries charged & the tweets flowing all three days of the conference @ #OETC13 & #RPLC.  The Keynote speakers include on Monday, Heather Clayton Staker, a Senior Research Fellow for the Education Practice at Innosight Institute & author of several online & blended learning publications.  On Tuesday, Max Brooks, a life-long learner/sharer who pulls inspiration from all things "techucational" and is a manager of the Discovery Educator Network. Then finally on Wednesday, Andrew Ng, a Co-founder of Coursera, and a Computer Science faculty member at Stanford, as well as, Sebastian Thrun, a CEO of Udacity, a start-up focused on democratizing higher education.  After last year's keynotes bombed, save Brene Brown who single handedly made the week worth it, I am hoping for great thoughts, ideas, & insight from all four keynotes this year!

     For those of you attending Ohio eTech make sure & check out my three sessions below.  Not the best time slots this year, but just honored that I had three presentations selected.  To plan your schedule go to the conference scheduler  via my page & search for what you are interested in using the links on the right.

Monday, February 11
8:00am
Khan Academy: Math Tutoring Made Simple
You may have heard of the hundreds of free instructional videos, but have you heard about the free software that allows you to track your student’s practice? Come see how teachers can use the free Khan Academy software to monitor student’s progress at school or on their own at home. If you teach math and have not experienced this free software, prepare to be blown away!
Speakers

Charlie Carpenter

4th grade STEM teacher, Reynoldsburg City Schools
Charlie graduated from OU with a Master's in Educational Technology & is putting it to work along with his passion for elementary students. Bringing innovation into the elementary classroom at Summit STEM Elementary

Keith O'Neal

Technology Integration, Reynoldsburg City Schools
After nine years in the classroom, Keith O'Neal, is now the District Technology Integration Specialist for Reynoldsburg City Schools. He received his M.Ed. in Technology from Ashland University in 2007 and has gone on to present at multiple conferences and worked independently with four different school districts to further technology in the classroom. Helping teachers & engaging students is his passion. Follow him on Twitter @RaiderEducation
Monday February 11, 2013 8:00am - 8:45am
D242-243 (400 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43215 USA)

Monday, February 11
3:45pm
So I have a Twitter account, now what?
Do you have a twitter account but still not understand what the big deal is, or perhaps not even have an account yet? Twitter is the largest Professional Learning Community in existence & we need to get you plugged in. Need ideas for Twitter in the classroom, have ideas for twitter in the classroom? We will discuss that as well, come & learn, come & share! Participate in this session whether you come or not @ #oetc13
Speakers

Keith O'Neal

Technology Integration, Reynoldsburg City Schools
After nine years in the classroom, Keith O'Neal, is now the District Technology Integration Specialist for Reynoldsburg City Schools. He received his M.Ed. in Technology from Ashland University in 2007 and has gone on to present at multiple conferences and worked independently with four different school districts to further technology in the classroom. Helping teachers & engaging students is his passion. Follow him on Twitter @RaiderEducation
Monday February 11, 2013 3:45pm - 4:30pm
E172 (400 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43215 USA)

Wednesday, February 13
1:15pm
Learning online 24/7: Motivation to get digital!
Does the sound of rising costs and lower budgets sound familiar? Cutting back on ink and paper while promoting 24/7 online learning can help your district/classroom succeed in today's educational landscape. Online learning can be used to successfully engage students and prompt them to achieve higher levels of learning anyplace, anytime!! Going online also allows a district/building to gain three calamity days. Come get motivated to engage your students 24/7!
Speakers

Keith O'Neal

Technology Integration, Reynoldsburg City Schools
After nine years in the classroom, Keith O'Neal, is now the District Technology Integration Specialist for Reynoldsburg City Schools. He received his M.Ed. in Technology from Ashland University in 2007 and has gone on to present at multiple conferences and worked independently with four different school districts to further technology in the classroom. Helping teachers & engaging students is his passion. Follow him on Twitter @RaiderEducation
Wednesday February 13, 2013 1:15pm - 2:00pm
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Friday, February 1, 2013

Students can help us...don't let your ego get in the way!

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     The story of Ahmed Al-Khabaz this week is a reminder to all educators from pre-school right through higher Ed.  Note, there are always two sides to a story & I have yet to here Dawson College come out & provide any info, but none the less the principle here seems to be a warning to all those whose ego may get in the way of allowing students to help.

     As a teacher I made my greatest gains with students when I finally made the break through & realized that it is okay to say I don't know.  Students are more perceptive then we realize sometimes & they can read through the lines.  When we are honest they began to get the message that it is okay not to know, the important thing is to be able to find out.  Not to accept IDK as the end goal.  Today this is easier than ever, but what a powerful lesson to stop what you're doing in class & quickly jump on Google or ask on Twitter to find out the answer to a students question which you are at a loss to answer.  

    This is especially true when it comes to technology.  Students often know as much or more than we do when it comes to technology in the classroom.  If something goes wrong, turn to the class & ask, "does anyone have a suggestion for how to fix this", or "has this happened to anyone before".  You may be pleasantly surprised to get an answer before you go tromping down to the "techie" teacher on your hallway.  Plus you are demonstrating a life lesson that students can have solutions even if a teacher doesn't.  That things do go wrong, that problems will arise, and the important point is how you handle it in life.

     Again I am not sure of all the details with the story of Ahmed Al-Khabaz, but the lesson is there for us to take heed.  Don't be embarrassed if students help you, or point out something you have missed.  Teach a life lesson, be appreciative, & foster a learning environment.  Recognizing the value of all parts is what creates a community of learning, don't forget that whether with students, colleagues, parents, or staff.

Student expelled for helping find security flaws at university:
Summary: A student at a Montreal university has been expelled and had his grades zeroed after he discovered and reported a flaw in the software that is responsible for holding students' personal information.

Read more here or watch the video below:
#HamedHelped