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Saturday, January 28, 2012

NICE Miniconference 1/28/12

Keynote Speaker: Steve Dembo is having technical difficulties with the Keynote, but EVERYONE in this audience understands. His title is 22nd Century Skills Today. Throw out some old ideas like textbooks! He is working on a TechBook with no table of contents. It's time to completely rebuild. He predicts flying cars in 2379 based on the NYT history and future of computing.
Information is malleable. Those who do not learn from the future will be forced to wait for it.

1. Play: Lego design can be photographed and loaded, app will show others how to make it. Cubelets are magnetic colored building blocks with different purposes. The company has taken the ideas of Montessori. Sifteo cubes are another toy that is interactive and problem-based. He also mentioned Scratch (free from MIT)

2. Applications: creating-a-business simulation, real-world application is to purchase old iPods and sell them on eBay, see who gets the most for product. Kickstart sells actual products such as a ruler pencil. Another group marketed their video yearbook on Kickstart.

3. Marketing: Singer wants to make a CD, student wants equipment for a documentary. Students give different returns on different levels of giving. Klout offers coupons related to interests based on access to all social accounts, and Wahooly is an example influence rewarded, gives shares in start-up web sites. Scholar Match is like Donors Choose or Kickstart for kids who want to donate for college. In Kiva, you can loan to third-world businesses.

We are in the midst of a tremendous transparency shift.

4. Sharing: Instruments now measure actual movement and sleep and post it to social media. Jawbone Up. May find it at Target. Wii Scale will keep track of weight and tweet it.

5. Social Learning: Can receive applause for running a marathon, kids are tweeting what music helps them work when they do homework for support. Oprah Winfrey app on Discovery: second stream, has sync button. Listens to room and figures out where you are in show you are watching. Ambient devices show info pertinent to you. Printer, too.

6. Aurasma is like a QR code. Free app can link up to logos, etc.

Closing the Learning Gap with Powerful Technology Anthony Reibel (areibel at

1. Paperless Classroom

Evernote or Newnote

Bluetooth Battleship

Google Maps Direction Activity

Create House Floor Plan

QR Codes/ Simon Says

AudioBoo Speaking Activity

Viaje a Madrid Project

Story Kit/ePubs

2. Checking Understanding Levels Using Google Doc Quizes, students can get immediate feedback. Kia, ProProfs are additional resources. Self-grading quizes, tiny url, google docs shows which problem number is missed. Create new form. Conditional format color incorrect answers, identify gaps. Formative feedback until they get it right. Reminder, then it returns to previous question. Differentiated quizes: change colors for difficult/easy questions.

3. Providing Immediate and Meaningful Feedback QR codes: students scan QR codes to find what to do next. QR code creators work with YouTube. You can create a screencast at screenr, TechSmith, Jing, Screencastomatic. Students create a document in google docs, you can comment and create a screencast, QR code creates a link and it gets sent to student, they can go to url freely. The Living Rubric is QR codes with video that tell what each item is and gives video instruction on that particular skill.

4. Increasing Student Engagement upload to Using an iPad, the following activities are used: Video Charades, Quiz, Quiz Trade, Audio Gallery Walk using Audio Boo, Test Reflection with Progress Points, Animation Pictionary with FlipIt, 10,000 Dollar Pyramid with FlipIt, Create your Ideal Style using Pages and Google Images, Vocabulary Popcorn, Haiku Writing, Oral Exam using Audio Boo, Directed Dialogue Reflection, Children Writing Book, ePub Editor Activity, and Directed Dialogues.

5. Time for Personal Reflection Time for Personal Reflection Progress Points helps them id their learning gaps and fill them It is a skill practice and organizational tool, home-bound student portal, special ed IEP communication tool. Give students envelope, put in test scores, shows learning gaps, give them assignment. Students who used this averaged a grade higher than previous trend.

Google Earth - Do More Than Find Your House

I love it when people have all the info online! They began with some basics, and moved on to showing us about LitTrips. Alas, everyone fired up their Google Earth and no one could access the Web. A timeline appears in Google earth which allows you to go back in time for previous civilizations. This presenter's English class put a link to a deli in the book they were studying. The use of little man takes you to street view. The most powerful part is the street view. The Civil Rights marker has extensive information about each event in history. This is also true of international events. Due to lack of network connection, presenters were unable to demonstrate their favorite projects. They recommend kmz files. Moon gallery has information about Buzz Aldrin and the moon landing. Use primary databases to find kmz files. Make your own with a new placemark, give it a name and type in a question. Move trips to My Places on each computer. Student ID will work on any computer. Information about Twin Towers and Hurricane Katrina are available.

QR Codes in the Classroom, Cynthia Karabush

Definition: a mobile bookmark. Can also link to phone number, text messages, etc. Stores same amount of info as a barcode in one-tenth the size. Keeps students from getting sidetracked.

Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. Mitchell Kapor
Link to: syllabus online, pre-assessment, flipped classroom, assignment calendar, video game, scavenger hunt, GPS treasure hunt, take surveys, polling and voting. Students who do not have computers may have smartphones. Can be used for business card, Facebook pages, blogs. Teachers can put them by their classroom doors to let parent know what is going on in your class (goes to web page). Links to authors, interviews, book trailers, link for differentiation and for enrichment, class blog or wiki to review books for each other, link to Google lit trip or author interview. Audio podcasts for pronunciation, links to class Voice Thread. Go to I-nigma and put in URL, it creates QR code for that web page. Research support for assignments. In social studies, she showed a map of Rome with QR codes with information about each building. Virtual field trips can also used QR codes. It is also used to review topics, link to online texts, teacher can comment on class presentation, also archive class information. Genealogy Quest activity by Cynthia directed students to good resources she called a pathfinder (Grayslake North High School). Always post url as well as QR code. For community outreach, she created a postcard to distribute to board of education. For fundraisers, link to online shop. Oxfam did celebrity fund raiser with 1-2 minutes video attached to clothing donated by that celeb. Simpler addresses produce sharper QRs: use or tinyurl. Need 4 modules of clean white space border, include a url as well, and always link to yourself for questions. Students love Other resources are, -neoreader/wapdownload,, groups/10949441@N25/,, and Khan Academy Videos. Students don't have to retype the link to access web page.


Cynthia Karabush said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Linda! I enjoyed your synopsis of two presentations that I would have liked to attend.
Here's the link to mine:

Anonymous said...

Its exciting to hear Sifteo cubes were mentioned.

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