Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Where am I?

Interesting way to find your room. If you can't remember your room number, you can use your GPS. Do all hotels in Philadelphia label their rooms with latitude and longitude?

Well, I'm taking a breather from the License Plate Game to participate in the 2011 International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE). However, I have seen Connecticut (not counting it), and New Jersey must be Philadelphia's Illinois.

Here's a brief look at what I learned today:

Monday, June 27, 2011

This is Not a Unit: Eight Shifts for Every Curriculum – Will Richardson

Eight shifts that already affect learning outside the classroom but are mostly absent from inside the classroom:

1. Talk to strangers
2. Create your own e-portfolio
3. Share widely
4. Manage multiple streams of information
5. Detect misinformation and develop attention literacy
6. Follow your passions
7. Learn for learning's sake
8. Problem solve

• Educators must connect students to their passions and help them collaborate productively around those passions.
• How do you measure or value people's participation online?
• How do you verify a tweet? via TwitterJournalism
• Survival of the focused
• How do we help students become “Googled well”?

Creating Digital Culture – Roger Wagner

Hyperstudio is publishable to YouTube. It also makes citing images easy by noting all the URLs used in project. They are found in attributes.

Do projects demonstrate a solution to a problem, not just how to use software/application?

YouTube: My Name is Cholera
Problem: Tell a story from the standpoint of being cholera.

Make learning visible. Document or share the process with the parents.

HEC-TV Live! Unlock Students Potential by Connecting Classrooms and Experts
– Helen Headrick & Tim Gore

Flashmob – checked off bucket list

Taking the PULSE: Content Analysis of an International Online Community – Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Sofia Pardo, Research Roundtable

Study looked at quality of conversations between IdeasLAB in Australia and Powerful Learning Practice in USA.

What happens in online teacher communities? NING and Pulse, a closed community of educators who committed and joined.

Asynchronous, team-based, online community of practice

Content analysis – computer mediated analysis used in qualitative or quantitative analysis

Flow – function – content

Findings: most posts were broadcast to all 68% of participants

20% of the participants chose not to post, but preferred to observe or lurk.

Found that lurkers might be high-level thinkers and too busy to interact…next study.

PULSE – online communication analysis and coding for computer mediated communication for researchers and teachers for blogs, wikis, etc.

Whew, what a great day of learning!

View from hotel room:

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