Sunday, 1 July 2018

ISTE 2018 - Expo Hall

The Expo Hall at ISTE is huge! There was a wide variety of stands where delegates could explore the new technologies available. Alongside these hands on opportunities was the option of joining in a learning session. 


I really enjoyed learning about the new direction Lucid Charts is going in. There are now lesson plans and chart templates ready for use in the classroom. One idea I am planning to implement is their idea for narrative writing where learners use the charts to choose their own outcome by creating a pick a path story. This is shown in the images below and I am hoping will be seen as a 'fun' way to continue to grow the efficacy of my target students.

ISTE 2018 - Keynote 3

This was the closing keynote of the conference. Richard Culatta gave us some great reminders about the importance of digital citizenship. Logan Smalley, Founding Director of TED-ED shared the new direction TED-ED is going in and gave us all the opportunity to sign up to be part of the trial for the new app TED- ED will be launching that takes teachers through modules that will guide them towards giving their own TED-ED talk. 

Christine Klynen
TED Talk

Run toward the learning - curious - fearless superhero when facing new learning ops... meant kids wanted to be a tchr - love of learning for kids who are inspired to be focused - high school often happens to us as learning is not sparking curiosity. A teacher changed my life... life long learners are fearless in own learning - engaged and connected
Nadia Lopez
Bridge to Brilliance creating possibilities author


Look at life thru diff lens
Children are naturally inquisitive and adventurous
t Spoke a language I cld appreciate and showed me possibilities using content specific language
Challenge the status quo - encourage exploration
T need to change the narrative to create the possibilities
If u create the space and allow the chn to be exposed to the learning they will rise to meet the t expectations

ISTE 2018 - Elevate Thinking, Writing and Creativity With Technology Resources

Presenters: Julie Jaeger

This was a creative writing session and with my COL inquiry focus this year, right up my alley. Below are the notes of my main takeaways from this session but the website link above details these in more detail.

Ian Byrd - use 2 topics and create analogies between the two - ref to pic 1
How expensive is it to fill your car with gas v other things eg: milk’ juice, coke... which is more expensive? Choose car model and insert image - link to measurement - research - smart searching - convert to same measurement using conversion apps

How long would it take to drink your swimming pool? Link to 8 glasses a day - submit a ridiculous qu and the site accepts the challenge
Use ‘What if...’ Randall Monroe - deep thinking problems posed in text

Pechaflickr - 20 secs per slide tells your photo story - chains of conversation - each persons explanation of pic must carry on from last - not planned and creative - the fun is that the kids don’t know what’s coming - T pre finds the pics but kids don’t know this - after 1 pic per paragraph = instant created narrative
Type in a word eg: clown choose number of slides ... 2 people tell story in context linked to pics. Pechakucha is the research presentation where content must be known and timed

ISTE 2018 - Learn to create some pretty sweet graphics

Presenter: Manuel Harrera

This was another session that Kiri and I attended together. The most valuable part of choosing to do sessions together was the follow up conversations we had immediately after relating to how we can use the learning with our own students. We have many students this year who are highly skilled graphic artists and I am very much looking forward to sharing my learning from this session with them. Below are my notes.

  • Creativity is a process - not just choosing the go to app (ref to slide 2)
  • Sketch to visualise thinking - communicate without speaking to each other
  • Adobe capture in iPad saves your data
  • Canvas slide - saves colour pallet - has image sizes
  • Insert word art allows for automatic resize of text
  • Google search font pairings
  • Vector art can be scaled from any size - doesn’t blur or pixelate
  • Use Instagram template to create bio for historical leader etc
  • Use polyline in google draw to create shape for vector art
  • Remove outline - colour fill - send to back
  • Repeat process for each shape - layer
  • Innovation Exchange 
  • Change canvas using pixel measurements
  • Add graphics
  • File - download png
  • If wanting sticker cld send design to sticker mule
  • App design storyboard 
  • All drawings are done in slides too
  • Gif animation - draw peanut jar - find png arms on image search - upload each movement snapshot to google photos - assistant in google photos creates animation gif
  • Sound = shrink YouTube clip down to smallest size to hide but can hear

ISTE 2018 - Arts and Technology PLN Breakfast Walk

This was one of my favourite sessions and completely worth getting up at 5am for. Kiri and I met the rest of the group at Cloud Gate, otherwise known as 'The Bean'. The purpose of this session was to connect with other educators, learn a few photography tricks and we explore some of the iconic sites around Millennium Park. Below are some of the images I took during this session.

Group photo 

Photo taken by Kiri

My takeaways:
  • Use the panoramic setting to capture tall buildings - remember to scroll slowly until you get a square on the screen
  • App snapseed - use the 'drama' setting
  • Turn phone sideways so volume buttons are on top righthand side to use these as the camera shutter button
  • Tap the screen to focus on one area
  • Remember rule of thirds and use gridlines

ISTE 2018 - Visualise. Connect. Doodle. Repeat... Sketch noting to enhance learning with EE

Presenters: Baughcum and Dana Ladenburger

Visual note taking (also known as sketchnoting) is a note-taking strategy that connects visuals with words to help improve our ability to synthesize, retain, attend to comprehend and recall information while strengthening our metacognition. While current research is changing how educators view doodling, visual note taking and how they can be used in the classroom, it does shows us the use of graphic/ visual notes can improve retention, learning and so much more. Best practices within visual note-taking are evolving rapidly. This interactive session will have educators doodling to learn, taking their thinking visual and making notes digital. Participants will learn the parts of sketchnoting and the variety of ways each parts unique strengths can enhance the learning of all students, while also experiencing a variety of different ways you can use sketchnoting’s components combined with Explain Everything’s elements to make visual note taking and learning reflective, visual, shareable, collaborative and interactive.

Kiri and I attended this session together so that we could use the tools we have available in our learning space to help our learners create a sketchnote to help them summarise new ideas and make notes when researching. This was a fantastic hands on session and one we have already volunteered to take a toolkit on in term 3.

Sketchnote a journey through time or make notes to help students improve and recall
main ideas.
Typography - font used to identify main ideas or important places, dates, people
Icons -
T can create an icon library that stdnts can become confident using - when confident cld be collaboratively created by stdnts
New idea = new slide
Connectors - Arrows - lines - dashes = connect info and solidify relationships and u/st
Containers - Hold info - thought bubbles, speech bubble, shapes = organise similar ideas and thoughts linked to topic - quotes, contributions, ideas
Container library so that each shape holds specific info and can be transferred across subjects
Structure and colour - Way you format page - idea in one position and containers, fonts etc show progression - linear v abstract using colour coding and anchoring

Input a google doc and/or image so students can sketchnote over and in context
How to bring all together using EE - New slide - title sketchnoting - group using i icon - copy - paste on main note - export to drive and post

Kiri's example of using EE to create a sketchnote

ISTE 2018 - Keynote 2

Andy Weir
Science fiction author: The Martian and Artemis

Creativity in science can be explored in literacy - STEM Read
Boredom leads to disruption - problem solving by finding the how to can provide the level of challenge and the process of learning - research + find solutions - driven by curiosity to find many possibilties
Failure based learning is flipped to embrace failure by finding the solutions
In writing need to know how to structure and write in the genre - eg problem + solution cycle in writing helps hook the audience in
Create Ebook to grow global audience - can put on on AMAZON

Katie Martin

Build T pd from stdnt interest to evoke curiosity rather than just complying - transform learning thru design and creativity as this hooks the T in to and the passion is shared. Empower ones to embrace their passions not just what they are told to learn - know your learner. Digital citizenship prepares students for now not for tomorrow - the Internet is their now!

Luis Perez: TED X

Visual impairment means he lives between the sighted and non sighted world - mixed culture - Spanish in an English world
all values need to be incorporated into education so stdnts don’t have to live between worlds
Alex - synthesised voice (assistive technology) gave hope as the barriers were removed - seeing positivity (eg Luis choosing to learn photography despite visual impairment) ‘ The photos are for the viewer the event of photography is for me’ - photography makes me visible and helps others address their preconceived thoughts and ideas
Technology makes things possible - eg Ebook text can be enlarged etc and/or read to you - allows everyone to access the learning - humanity allows for those with different backgrounds can be empowered to be the best you can be
T should be the start - light the path and given he stdnts the tools they need to turn the lights in in their own paths