Edtech Co-Op Show 18: Preservice Teacher Preparation (Season 2)

Essential Question: What should preservice teachers know and be able to do to effectively integrate technology in their teaching?

In this show Mark shares the different tracks students can follow at the College of William & Mary's School of Education to be prepared to become teachers. David offers a few ideas on what he looks for in teachers in terms of the importance of colloboration and willingness to take risks. Mark makes a direct connection by sharing some aspects of the classes students take and how his class on technology integration gives students experience in using technology to support learning.


Tips of the Week:

Mark- This week I came across a nice article by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on Edutopia on Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators. These are great ideas not just for new teachers but all teachers who want to connect with others as the new year begins.
David- Diane Rehm's show on universities providing more online learning course with emphasis on MOOCs. Excellent panel discussion.

Blog posts on being a 21st Century Educator:

Ed Tech Co-Op Show 17: Year in Review

Essential Question: What are some of the highlights from our discussions from this past year of podcasting that we can follow up upon?

In this show, David and Mark discuss some of the highlights from shows through the school year including, efolios, the ACDS iPad initiative, digital textbook creation, and mobile devices. We'll be taking a hiatus for the summer. We'll be back and better than ever in August! Happy summer.

A few of the sites mentioned in the show:
Tips of the Week
David: It is so important to show students quality student created videos to inspire and help guide them. Here are a few:
Mark: Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning is a great book by media literacy guru Renee Hobbs. It takes a more positive approach to copyright and fair use and emphasizes what teachers and students are permitted to do with Fair Use rather than focusing on a myriad of restrictions.  It’s very readible and interesting with good clear advice for teachers, school library media specialists and administrators. It’s great on my $79 Kindle.

Ed Tech Co-Op Show 16: Student-Created Virtual Exhibits

Essential Questions: How to challenge students to design and implement their virtual exhibits and along the way to put students into the roles of researchers, designers and creators to publish virtual exhibits?

In this show David and Mark introduce the idea of student-created virtual exhibits as a means to both engage students in powerful ITL skills as well as to meet content standards. This is the first discussion in a series in which both David and Mark will follow up on how teachers leverage this approach in the classroom.

Tips of the Week:

Mark: Gapminder is an amazing data visualization site that brings together mathematics, science and social studies in ways that I’ve never seen on another site before. With their visually stunning interactive tools, students can visually explore hundreds of data sets around a crazy variety of topics. There is also a new section on the site for teachers that offers featured resources and examples for classroom teachers. There are also some amazing videos developed by Gapminder creator, Hans Rosling. A second site connecting to online exhibits is the BBC-Your Paintings. The site lets you curate your own collection among other provided functions.
David: The Edreach podcast with Sylvia Martinez of GenYES offer both a great podcast and some posts on constructivist learning of math and Khan Academy.  

Ed Tech Co-Op Show 15: eFolios for Students and Educators Part 1

Essential Question: How to use efolios for student learning and assessment? How to use efolios for teacher reflection and communicating one’s professional profile?

In this show, David and Mark begin a conversation about eFolios for both students and educators. In this part one, we focus on eFolios in teacher preparation and for professional efolios for experienced teachers.

Tips of the Week>

Mark: Wikispaces is a wonderful wiki service for teachers. Wikspaces provides a low threshold means for teachers to collaborate, publishing and share student work online with a high ceiling. They offer free upgraded individual accounts for teachers as well as excellent private label service for schools.

David: Andrea Smith’s eFolio is a great example of a professional efolio.


Shifted Practice>

David shares a WebQuest he did with Second Graders at Alexandria Country Day School.


Next Show> Virtual Exhibits

ePorfolio Sites:
  • Framework for Developing ePortfolios
  • Rubric for Assessing Student Portfolios
  • Electronic Portfolios by Dr. Helen Barrett (PD provider)
  • Reflection for Learning
  • Framework for Developing ePortfolios by Dr. Barrett
  • K-12 Framework by Dr. Barrett
  • ePortfolio Academy (interesting flowchart)
  • Googlios (using Google for portfolios)
  • California School System PD for ePortfolios
  • Blog Post by a Fifth Grade Teacher on Her Use of ePortfolios
  • Blog Post on the Value of Students Blogging and Using ePortfolios
  • Carbonmade (e-Portfolios by adults for design ideas)
  • Teacher Example (offers examples of work that help students meet standards that one could do around Essential Questions)
  • eFolio Site for W & M Students Building Portfolios
  • School and District Examples of Student Portfolios
  • Creating the Structure of eFolios
  • 5th Grade Example
  • Video eFolios
  • Value of Online Branding of Oneself

Ed Tech Co-Op Podcast Show 14 - ACDS iPad Pilot Program Part 2

Essential Question: How have the video and audio recording tools in the iPad as well as the apps enhanced learning? What were the lessons learned?

 Mark and David discuss the second segment of David’s interview with the two fifth grade teachers who are piloting the iPads at Alexandria Country Day School. Michelle Cook and Margi Weaver share their insights on how the iPads and the focus on project-based learning are affecting learning at ACDS

Tip of the Week>

Mark: App Learning Tasks is a great Google Spreadsheet created by Brad Wilson at www.21innovate.com is a great resource for apps categorized according to content area, kind of learning action (e.g., calculate, teach, locate, deduce) and whether is free/pay.  It would be a great place for a teacher to start in combing through apps available for the classroom.

David: Another helpful approach to reviewing and developing one’s curriculum is using Bernice McCarthy’s 4MAT system. Take a look at the About Learning website which provides a great deal of information about using 4MAT in your curriculum work.

Shifted Practice> Lily Bentley of Alexandria Country Day School

Next Show> Chris Ros, Science Teacher and Administrator at Alexandria Country Day School

Ed Tech Co-Op Podcast Show 13 - ACDS iPad Pilot Program Part 1

Essential Question: How are the iPads, project-based learning and online collaborative tools impacting learning at ACDS?  

In this show, Mark and David discuss the first segment of David’s interview with the two fifth grade teachers piloted the iPads at David’s school. Michelle Cook and Margi Weaver share their insights on how the iPads and the focus on project-based learning are affecting learning at ACDS.
Tips of the Week:

Mark: Evernote is a very flexible tool to capture your notes, ideas, and help to organize your life. In the Web, PC, iPhone, iPad, and/or Android app, users can create notes including text, images, and audio, organize them into folders, and share them with other users. The data is synced automatically across all devices. The tagline is "remember everything" - something that can be incredibly helpful for teachers and students alike. Evernote Essentials is a really detailed and helpful ebook to get you started. Here is a great blog post on 10 ways to use evernote in the classroom.

David: Laura Carew, First Grade Teacher at ACDS shared the Teachers Pay Teachers curriculum site. It is a marketplace for teachers to sell their lessons, unit plans, etc. The National Association of Independent Schools publishes a free downloadable “Stories of Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Teaching and Learning with Technology”. They are gearing up for new entries so interested teachers at independent schools might want to look into sharing their lessons/units of study.

Shifted Practices:

Michelle Cook

Next Show: Segment 2 of the interview

Ed Tech Co-Op Podcast Show 12 - Shifting Practices in Higher Education

Essential Question: Where are we with teaching and learning in higher education - Shifting or Stagnating?

David and Mark are joined this week by Jeff Nugent from the . We also introduce a new segment called Shifted Practices where educators share an example from their classroom on ways they are using technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience. This week Elizabeth Lockwood, librarian at Alexandria Country Day School, shares a wonderful example of her shifted practice.

In this show, David, Jeff, and Mark discuss ways in which technology plays out in higher education. In a wide-ranging discussion, we explore ways in which we see technology enabling more student-centered approaches to teaching in higher education.

Tips of the Week:

Jeff- Udacity is a very interesting start-up company developed by former Stanford Professor Sebastian Thrun. Udacity was founded by three roboticists who believed much of the educational value of their university classes could be offered online. A few weeks later, over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled in our first class, "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence." This may be a really interesting vision to where higher education is going.
Mark- Thanks to David, I’ve rediscovered the Bit by Bit Seedlings podcast. They were on my podcast list for a few years, but for whatever reason, the fell off my radar. They have some really insightful conversations about technology integration.  In the last couple of shows (Show 126 and 127) they’ve had particularly interesting conversations with Mike Muir from Projects4Me and Multiple Pathways.  Great, substantive conversations about shifted practices and new ways of thinking about education. Give them a listen.
David- I am really enjoying the podcasts from the EdReach Network. The assistant head of school at ACDS, Nishant Mehta, heard of my hope that future iBooks will have the function of being able to type in notes, draw/script notes, diagrams, etc. and be able to imbed audio recordings. He shared that the Notability app can do all three functions. Another wish from my blog post on iPad was that one could switch screens without going to the home button. One of our students showed us that with “gestures” turned on, you can use your whole hand to swipe to another app that you previously opened. Thus one can be reading an iBook and swipe to Notability to take notes in the format of your choice.

A School Making the Shift

Second graders designing exhibits for the National Museum of American History, teachers dressing up as endangered species telling their stories as a part of a school-wide thematic festival of learning, and middle schoolers using the arts and multimedia to share their understanding of To Kill A Mockingbird are just a few of the highlighted instructional strategies and assessments being used at Alexandria Country Day School.

My school's blog, Adaptive and Innovative Practices at ACDS, is jammed packed this week with excellent lesson and unit plan ideas. The purpose of the blog is to share with our parents but I think it is time to share with a broader audience. Take a look!

Ed Tech Co-Op Podcast Show 11 - Supporting Teachers for Tech Integration

Essential Question: How do we support teachers in finding ways to effectively integrate technology in their teaching?

David and Mark are joined this week by Tom Pantazes, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher from the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and Alex Roosenburg, Primary School Learning and Technology Coordinator at the Washington International School. Tom works between two elementary schools to support teachers in curriculum-based technology integration.  Alex supports teachers in grades PK-5 to weave technology into their instruction.

In this show, David, Alex, and Tom share strategies and approaches they use to support teachers in curriculum-based technology integration.  Despite the differences in their settings, a number of common strategies surface in the discussion.

Tips of the Week:

Alex - So my tip will be this ning site: http://elementarytechteachers.ning.com/  which is a really great resource for teachers all around the world, in terms of support, ideas, website recommendations, and even photos of what other tech teachers/programs have done. I have it bookmarked on my computer and visit daily, but also post questions in the forums about once every 2 weeks.  Members are all very open to sharing ideas and helping each other solve problems or lessons conundrums. It is a fantastic resource!

Tom-  Hackasaurus way to look at the HTML coding of any website.  You can make changes to a site and post picturesyour changes to hackasaurus.  A great tool for deconstructing sites when learning HTML. Blooms Taxonomy of Apps is a great resource as well.

David wrote a blog post in response to the Essential Question so check it out for more information. Connecting to earlier podcast on iBooks and simulations, the Concord Consortium has many simulations to choose from. Here is a link just to the elementary ones. Use the navigation menu to look by subject and/or division level. My second tip deals with Bill Moyers new show “Moyers and Company”. I am enjoying his in depth coverage of recent and current issues in our society. His first shows focused on the 2008 banking crisis and his most recent show recent is on how liberals and conservatives see the world. He interviews Dr. Jonathan Haidt of UVA. Haidt provides insights as to how liberal and conservative thinkers approach life based on six moral foundations. Here are links to Haidt’s site, his TED talk, blog and survey, if you would like get involved in his research. One can watch the show online or listen via a podcast. Here is a link to Moyer’s site. I can see all of the podcasts being used in high school social studies classes as well as Haidt’s resources to help one’s students better understand differing viewpoints on issues. As polarized as adult American society has become, it is more important than ever to help our students seek out information for validity and depth. It is also important to skill our students to look at issues from many perspectives.

Mark- Mission U.S. is a great site developed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities that hosts two interactive online U.S. History simulations. Immersive, role-playing format engages students in decision making related to the rise to revolution (For Crown or Colony) and the underground railroad during the Civil War (Flight to Freedom).  The simulations are keyed to core content but also engage students in highlevel historical thinking - particularly in terms of perspective taking.

Next Show: Jeff Nugent to talk higher ed

Ed Tech Co-Op Podcast Show 10 - Determining the Value of Tech in School

Essential Question: How can we determine the value of technology in schools?

David and Mark are joined this week by Tom Pantazes, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher from the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. Tom works between two elementary schools to support teachers in curriculum-based technology integration.

In this show, we discuss a recent New York Times article In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores. The article offers a potent critique of the lack of measurable impact on student test scores in schools and school divisions where technology has been a focus.  In this discussion we discuss the challenge of measuring impact only by standardized test scores and discuss alternate approaches to assessing the value of technology in teaching and learning.

Tips of the Week:

Tom shared two sites with us.  Code Academy is an interactive and social Web site that helps folks learn to program.  He shared that he's been trying to learn java script and has found Code Academy to be a fun and helpful resource. Socrative is a smart response system that can be used to engage students in interactive discussions and games using a variety of devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets. It looks like a really interesting alternative to dedicated student response systems.

Mark shared Edmodo, an education-focused, private social network designed for schools. He's used it for three semesters in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses and really likes the flexibility and Facebook-esque feel to the service. In Edmodo, you can create student groups, communicate with the whole class, small groups or individuals, post resources in a shared library, and assess work with the builtin gradebook. It's actually a pleasure to use.

David share two tips. The assistant head of his school (Alexandria Country Day School), Nishant Mehta, is a very shifted, creative and make things happen leader who is doing wonderful things for our students, staff and community. He recently started blogging so David wanted to share his blog and point out that he takes ideas bouncing around in the Twitterverse and really adds depth and a an interesting take on them. Here is the
link to his blog: http://edu21k12.net/ and going back to our talk on the iBooks, take a read on Nishant’s take.

 Doug Johnsons’ 3 part curriculum series on ICL and project-based learning that “motivates” involving in my mind the 4MAT approach to lesson design with a very strong hook and student connection. He really breaks down the reasons why the project he shares works thus further painting the picture of why PBL can be so effective. It is also a nice example of how the librarian can be a great collaborator in developing curriculum to naturally integrate ICL > http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2012/1/17/elements-of-projects-that-motivate-part-1-of-3.html