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Thanks for reading my R&R, Recap and Reflection, on ETT iPad Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thursday, April 11th 2013

Keynote by Angela Maiers @AngelaMaiers 

Angela Maiers is passionate and passion is her word.  She believes in people and our ability to do great things. My favourite slide from her talk was the one below. It captures all the essential parts, the anatomy if you will, of the passionate heart.

A passion driven heart has these attributes.

A passion driven heart has these attributes.

Here are the key points from her talk:

  • After basic needs are met, the heart has one condition to fill: to find out if anyone cares.

“The heart has one requirement, does anyone know that I matter?” (She gave a Tedx talk on You Matter)

  • The ABCs of the 21st Century: Always Be Capturing

“It doesn’t matter what you consume if you don’t contribute what you saw, what you heard.” 

  • WOW: A Worthy of the World contribution

“What makes writing worthy of someone’s attention and time.  We are fighting to heart share.”

  • The importance of the iPad is to give every student a better chance to make a WOW contribution.
  • Instead of “To Do” lists, think of them as “Get To Do” lists.
  • Make your “Get To Do” and “To Be” lists public.
  • BHAG: Big Harry Audacious Goal

I am most impressed that she is setting up Choose2Matter which will help children make their dream projects and genius hour ideas come to life to help other people.  Putting words into action is deeply inspiring to me. I hope to do the same, in my own way.

 

Looking at Learning from Both Sides: Teacher and Student

Workshop presenters: Sue Tummarello @suetummarello and Reshan Richards @reshanrichards

Top Take Aways:

  • A great site for making books to capture student learning is www.blurb.ca
  • When kids are recording audio on iPads, have them put up a sign saying “Recording” so others don’t interrupt.
Recording in Progress.

Put up a sign like “On Air” so others in the class won’t interrupt live recordings on the iPad.
Photo Credit: curtis.kennington via Compfight cc

  • Have kids take screen shots every 15 mins (or any set time interval) to capture progress and for increased iPad accountability.

At the same time as this presentation was my new friend Lisa Johnson @techchef4U speaking on The 1 iPad Classroom and made a great Listly List.

Redesigning your learning spaces: How mobile technology demands a new classroom

Workshop presenter and ETTiPad featured speaker Don Orth @finddonorth and Tim Springer

Summary: Put everything on wheels! Modular classroom spaces that can be hacked and reworked for kids to work, prototype and learn is the way to go. This video says it all:

Courtney Pepe @iPadQueen2012 was also presenting at this time on iPad Technology Changing Outcomes for At-Risk High School Students

Keynote by Greg Kulowiec @gregkulowiec

After speaking about DJing for quite sometime (which I must say I enjoyed tremendously and remembered days of trying to match beats with my friends on their turn tables) we moved to talking about todays mashups.

I love this picture below of a jet engine on a horse drawn carriage. He was making the point that if we just drop iPads on top of education, the entire thing my just smash to smithereens!  Drawing on quotes by the highly quotable Seymour Papert.  I think the point he was trying to make is that we perceive the uses of technology by our current standpoints. We must push ourselves to situate technology in a changing and evolving context of schooling in order to reap it’s full potential and not just crash the system.

Greg and a Jet Engine on a horse drawn carriage. File under: things that won't work.

Greg and a Jet Engine on a horse drawn carriage. File under: things that won’t work.

Beyond Apps

Workshop presenter was Marsha Harris @marshamac74. Not only was she a great presenter, she is also Canadian!

Marsha also spoke about changing spaces for mobile learning. Once again, wheels and mobility are important for mobile learning. She described the learning lab as a “zen like” space for collaboration and tech enabled learning.

Most interesting was that they painted an entire wall with whiteboard paint to create a giant Idea Wall where everyone can participate at the same time and draw out ideas.

Idea Wall

Idea Wall

Her favourite apps:

My Story

Doodle Cast Pro

Croak it (iPod, iPhone only at this point)

PE Coaches Eye

ShowMe

She also spoke about using QR codes for students checking their work and scavenger hunts.

Bring on the Bling + Creative Apps = Excitement!

Workshop presenters Smita Kolhatkar an Carolyn Tuomy

This presentation was all about apps. The presenters found what I have also found in my class: when kids have free time, they don’t play games, they use sandbox apps where they can create.  Here are the apps they have found successful:

Whiteboard Apps:

ShowMe

EduCreations

Doodle Cast Pro

ExplainEverything

Story Telling Apps:

Story Wheel (I like this one because you can share to iBook shelf and it’s free!)

Sock Puppets

Narrate Slideshow App:

SonicPics

30Hands