Session Four: 1:1, BYOT and BYOD, Mystery Skype, Project Plans

PART ONE: 1:1 and BYOD (BYOT) 12:00-1:00

A nice article to read before putting too much thought into 1:1 and BYOD:
Students First, Not Stuff.

Todd Hollett, ITS for Clarke County Schools will be with us today to talk about 1:1 in Clarke County. Edutopia als has some good resources for 1:1 and BYOD

Most school systems in Georgia are on their way to becoming 1:1 or BYOD (BYOT). The days of computer labs are long gone. I’ve found that 1:1 is more prevalent in small school systems and BYOD is what you’ll find in larger systems – like Forsyth and Gwinnett. Some school systems supplement BYOD with carts of mobile devices for students without their own.

I believe it is important for our teacher candidates to be able to plan instruction with “device neutrality.” As it is never about the tool and always about the instruction – good instruction should happen regardless of whether a device is a tablet, a laptop, a smartphone and the operating system must be irrelevant. One solution to this is the idea of Universal Design for Learning – multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and engagement. For example – if a group of sixth graders is learning how to organize a group project – let them choose the tool. A piece of paper will work great for one group, a shared google doc for another, and Evernote for a third. If the goal is to learn how to organize a collaborative project, the device/website/app doesn’t matter.

I’ve been working with an elementary and middle grades Local School Technology Coordinator (LSTC) in Gwinnett County to develop BYOD professional development and we’ve created a shared Pinterest board with BYOD resources.

Part Two: Mystery Skype 1:15-2:15

Skype has so many obvious (and not so obvious) benefits in K12 and higher education classrooms. There’s a website full of ideas and ways to connect students across the globe in every single subject area. Mystery Skype is just one way to connect. Mystery Skype is simply a game where two classrooms – connected via Skype – must ask and answer a series of questions to guess the others’ location. We’re going to try it today with a classroom of 8th graders located in . . . well, if I told you it wouldn’t be Mystery Skype?

Oh – and how did I find a group with which to Skype?Twitter and the #mysteryskype hashtag, of course.

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 9.09.11 PM It took less than an hour to get a response. View more tweets that include #mysteryskype. By the way, you don’t have to have a Twitter account to view various hashtags. Tagboard is an easy search tool to use.

PART THREE: What’s Left? 2:15-3:00

We’ve talked about many different topics this semester – here’s a short list:

One of the best places to continue learning about technology in K12 classrooms is at an Edcamp. Edcamps are free “unconferences” put on by K12 teachers to share practical knowledge and experience about innovative teaching and learning. Here’s a schedule of upcoming edcamps. I would love to put on a UGA Edcamp this fall, if anyone is interested in helping to plan it. I think it would be a wonderful experience for faculty, teacher candidates, and area K12 teachers.

What’s left for you to learn before you try out more in your classrooms? How can the ITT group and OIT support your goals. What do you envision sharing at the Innovation in Teaching and Technology conference this October?

Session Three: Maker Spaces and Flipped Classrooms

Today we’re talking about two of the topics mentioned on our gigantic yellow post-it notes at the beginning of the semester: maker spaces and flipped classrooms.

Maker Spaces –

You can find some great Maker Space resources on our Pinterest page. But we are sitting in a maker space right now. This afternoon we’ll explore electricity art, 3D printing, robotics, microcontrollers, and more.

What I want us to think about is – how does the idea of “makers” connect with what your teacher candidates are learning? Are there issues with universal design for learning in maker spaces? What would you need to see in a maker space?

Read more about maker spaces as alternative recess at Barrow Elementary.

Read more about teachers in maker spaces.

Flipped Classrooms – 

We hear about flipped classrooms a lot. It’s an initiative in the CTL, K12 teachers are being asked to flip their classrooms, and it’s definitely a part of snow day discussions. View flipped classroom resources here.

How do you define a flipped classroom in your field? What activities do you have students do that would be considered “flipped”? In a job interview, how would your teacher candidates answer questions about flipped classrooms?

Genius Hour – 

Okay, this one wasn’t on the list – but we’re talking about buzz words this week and it’s a big one.

View Genius Hour resources here.

Our next session: 

Friday, March 20 12:00-3:00
Tentative Schedule: Management of 1:1 and BYOT environments, Elementary ITS Guest Speaker, Next Steps

This week’s challenges:

1. Keep talking with your teacher candidates about ISTE standards – help them to see the role technology can play in teaching and learning beyond multiple choice assessment and pre-packaged software designed for individualized instruction.

2. Email me with at least one burning question/concern you have about supporting your teacher candidates as they prepare to use technology for teaching and learning. We’ll try to address these remaining questions at our final session.

Employer Expectations, Planning for Instruction, Green Screen because we can

Just a few reminders before we get started:

The ITT Initiative will work with you directly to ensure your $500 travel/materials stipend is in your departmental faculty account as soon as possible. You are encouraged to select a project idea and implement it in your classroom this semester. You are also encouraged to present at the 2015 Innovation in Teaching Conference at UGA on Friday, October 23.

Additional workshop dates:

Friday, February 27  12:00-3:00 rm 114 Aderhold (this may move to River’s Crossing)
Friday, March 20       12:00-3:00 rm 114 Aderhold (may include a field trip to Barrow Elem)

Please note that ITT staff are available to assist you on a multitude of classroom initiatives.

PART ONE: Project Ideas

What projects are you planning to work on during the Academy? What support will you need? What resources will you require?

PART TWO: Employer Expectations

Ryan Vamplew is an instructional technology specialist for Gwinnett County Public Schools. He works with multiple schools to support the use of eClass – GCPS’ own LMS – similar to eLC. He’ll talk with us about employer expectations – what should teacher candidates know and be able to do in terms of technology – specifically LMS tools – when they go in for an interview. He’ll also share with us some ideas on how we can support teacher preparation in the use of LMS tools.

PART THREE: Planning for Instruction

One of the items mentioned most when you wrote out what you wanted to learn on the gigantic post-it notes was how to incorporate a technology integration expectation in your classroom. We’ll spend some time brainstorming how that expectation might be included in a current task your students have.

PART FOUR: Tool Exploration

There are so many tools to share – but I want to make sure we share at least a few new tools each session. We’ll use app dice to pick some tools to explore.

Next Session: Maker Spaces, Management of 1:1 and BYOT environments, Elementary ITS Guest Speaker (tentative)

We’ll meet Friday, February 27 from 12-3. I may need to change the location to River’s Crossing – but I’ll work with you on parking if that is the case and I’ll let you know well in advance.

This week’s challenges:

  1. Share the ISTE standards with your students. Share this article: “There’s no app for good teaching”
  2. Talk with any practicum students about how to locate available resources.
  3. Ask students about their “hopes and fears” for technology use in classrooms (you might be kind of surprised by their answers. Better yet, offer them an incentive to respond to a related question on FlipGrid: http://flipgrid.com/#6adb4b01 or use the code: 6adb4b01 if they are using any iOS device with the free FlipGrid app
  4. Ask your students what an “LMS” is – so they can at least explain it in an interview 🙂

Session One: Getting our Bearings

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So, that’s what a few members of #mschat suggested we talk about today. SAMR, growth mindset, and problem solving are definitely things we need to talk about during our academy. But I want to spend time today finding out from all of you what we ought to talk about. My goal for this academy is not instructor show and tell. I believe this academy provides us with an opportunity to share our own innovations and our modifications to our curriculum to address the technology and teaching needs of teacher candidates. We’ve all been in schools and seen what’s out there. Now, how do we prepare teacher candidates to thrive in those environments?

One issue I always find when working with faculty is that we all think that we’re not really doing anything different from anyone else.  That’s why I love this video.

So – my hope is that we’ll all share great things we’re already doing and new things we are willing to try. I can’t imagine what the combined years of teaching experience are in this room. Let’s not waste it.

PART ONE: Logistics

The ITT Initiative will work with you directly to ensure your $500 travel/materials stipend is in your departmental faculty account as soon as possible. You are encouraged to select a project idea and implement it in your classroom this semester. You are also encouraged to present at the 2015 Innovation in Teaching Conference at UGA on Friday, October 23.

Additional workshop dates:

Friday, February 13 12:00-3:00 rm 114 Aderhold
Friday, February 27  12:00-3:00 rm 114 Aderhold
Friday, March 20       12:00-3:00 rm 114 Aderhold

Please note that ITT staff are available to assist you on a multitude of classroom initiatives.

PART TWO: What are we doing here?

What are you seeing when you visit schools? What are the strengths and weaknesses of your teacher candidates in terms of technology integration? What are your concerns about what you see? What makes you excited about K12 classrooms? What do you see as your role as COE faculty?

Using the EdTech Cheat Sheet, What Do You Want Kids to do With Technology chart, NETS-Student and Teacher standards, the New Media Consortium Horizon Report, and our Pinterest board  — where should our focus be this semester?

Using the gigantic post-its – write out some goals you have for our workshop sessions.

PART THREE: What can it look like?

Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) is a media specialist at Barrow Elementary. He blogs almost daily about the types of activities going on at Barrow and in the media center.  Take a few minutes to read a blog entry or two and we’ll talk about what this kind of “classroom” means for teacher preparation. What about this classroom? What does this expectation mean for our teacher candidates?

For our workshops – I’d like us to consider a few organizing frameworks:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – using technology to support multiple means of representation, action, expression, and engagement

SAMR  – Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition

TPACK  – Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge

PART FOUR: Diving in

*This section may change based on feedback during Part One*

Let’s explore a topic or two before we go. We’ll roll the dice to select a topic and then we’ll use each other and our Pinterest board as a launching point for further discussion.

PART FIVE: Workshop reflections and a challenge

One of the things I have challenged myself to do this semester is to take time for the reflective thinking that I ask my students to do. One way to do that is to blog every day that I teach (same as Andy Plemmons and Megan Hayes-Golding) I heard Megan speak at EdCamp Atlanta (we’ll talk about edcamps soon). She sets a timer on her phone to remind her to take a daily picture – obvious to her, amazing to me!

How many of you are willing to take on that challenge with me? How might having such a blog model for teacher candidates about reflection as professional development? I’ll walk you through getting started with a blog on WordPress– but you could really use any tool to do this. It’s just better if it’s public – or your teacher candidates won’t see it. What if you reflected on your own struggles with using technology in your own teaching? If they don’t see the struggles with have with teaching – how will they cope when they inevitable struggle?

Challenges for our next session (all are optional, of course)

  1. Think about a project you might work on during the academy that will benefit your current students.
  2. Work on a reflective teaching blog.
  3. Read the first chapter of Howland,  J.L., Jonassen,D., & Marra, R.M. (2011).
    Meaningful learning with technology. (Fourth ed.). Boston, M.A. : Allyn.
  4. Read the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report 2014 K12 Edition.

Next meeting – Friday, February 12 12:00-3:00 rm 116 Aderhold