Friday, April 20, 2012

Common Ground Maryland 2012 Twitter Digest Day 2

2nd verse, same as the first.

  1. A little slow getting ready this morning, but now I'm all set to head out to Day 2 of #CGMD12.

  2. Blog: I know where I’ll be Session 8!

  3. So apparently @UnhelpfulTeachr is following me. Wonder if she checks Twitter on her phone during class while confiscating student phones.

  4. Looking forward to Camp ITC in Rm 345, presented by fellow @pgcps employee Tia Simmons!

  5. Oh there's a lot more than 2 of us! :) RT @msreneescience: I'm at Baltimore Convention Center (Baltimore, MD) w/ 2 others.


  1. Camp ITC presentation resources:

  2. "I have a PhD in ADHD."

  3. Follow Tia Simmons @techtia#CGMD12 #campitc

  4. Free online chat, participants don't need to register.

  5. When building your own CampITC, Plan the Who, What, Where, When, Why, & How first. Set guidelines to narrow things down.

  6. "Scout out" your tools ahead of time. Google Apps, Elluminate, etc. Start early to help people adjust to the format.

  7. @misteryork1 That's an issue with any conference. I always check what organization the speaker represents in the schedule. (In reply to Mr. York complaining about sales pitches disguised as sessions.)

  8. "Chat & Chew" sessions - time for discussion vs. lecture.

  9. Establish "Camp Rules." Guidelines so that participants know what is expected from them and from the "Camp Counselor."

  10. One of the #CampITC rules: "Reflect & implement new strategies." THIS CANNOT BE EMPHASIZED ENOUGH! (Emphasis mine.)

  11. #CampITC Schedule: Session 1: Getting to know your camping guide (Pedagogy)

  12. #CampITC Schedule: Session 2: Take a Hike (Prep/Planning)

  13. #CampITC Schedule: Session 3: From Camping to Classroom (Putting it together/Reflecting)

  14. #CampITC use a variety of tools for communication/evaluation - Email, wikis, "corkboard" sites, etc.

  15. #CampITC Give stuff at the end. Certificates, raffles, door prizes, etc.

  16. I really like the idea of doing a #CampITC. Thinking of setting one up for my building.


  1. Ready for the session on screencasting to start in rm 318. What's this about a web based screencasting app?

  2. Many people here have already made screencasts. Starting off by bringing the rest up to speed.

  3. Screencast: Recording of whatever is seen on the screen + voice, often for making tutorials.

  4. (Screencasting is also often used when creating machinima or streaming video games.)

  5. Web based screen casting tool:

  6. is Java based, which means it's cross-platform.

  7. allows you to post videos to YouTube or sort them into "channels" on their site.

  8. allows video downloads as well, including .mp4 .avi .flv and .gif

  9. Paid version and free version. Free limited to 15 minutes. (If yours is longer than that it should be broken into parts anyway.)

  10. This session has already "paid" for itself. is as good as QuickTime for short recordings.

  11. 3 Steps to Screencasting: Plan, Create, Publish. (Good for any media creation!)

  12. "Develop a narration" - avoid "Ums," "Uhs," and long pauses when recording. Scripts are great.

  13. Set up a website (wikispaces suggested) to showcase recorded videos.

  14. YouTube hosting is good and free. (I still reccomend having an additional site to showcase/sort videos.)

  15. Use Screencasts to teach/present to parents. (Great way to show the SchoolMax Parent Portal?)

  16. I really like this screencasting session, alas, I must be somewhere else shortly. Was definitely worth my time.


  1. Hm, is the #cgmd12 Flash Mob upstairs or downstairs?#WeveHadThisProblemBefore

  2. @harbeckc It was at the Pratt St. Lobby. @thetechtiger had me record video.


  1. Not sure if the people in this room are waiting for my #CGMD12 session or holdovers from the last one. We'll see if they leave when I start.

  2. Reaching A High Score Presentation:

  3. Thanks! RT @APPliedClub: It's a PACKED full house at the Reaching a High Score session. I'm sitting on the floor. WTG @theartguy

  4. Not sure how I got that crowd... RT @Jennzer#CGMD12 @theartguyalready has a the crowd rolling... Reaching a High Score room 324

  5. RT: APPlied Club ‏ @APPliedClub "One student not passing is too many." - @theartguy So true!

  6. RT: APPlied Club ‏ @APPliedClub Those who suggest blocking everything as a solution to distraction problems have no idea how to teach technology. @theartguy

  7. RT: Jennifer Weaver ‏ @Jennzer "Are we teaching students to get things right the first time or are we teaching them mastery?" #CGMD12 @theartguy

  8. RT: Selena Ward ‏ @thetechtiger Ok. 1st recommendation for next year: give @theartguy a bigger room.

  9. RT: APPlied Club ‏ @APPliedClub Tons of enthusiasm about meeting students where they already are, take the learning to them. So awesome and inspiring! @theartguy (NOTE: Not sure we were in the same presentation.)

  10. RT: Matthew C. Winner ‏ @MatthewWinner “@theartguy: Reaching A High Score Presentation: #CGMD12” watch this guy! His gaming vision for education is AMAZING!

  11. RT: Justin Eames ‏ @Techucation Can't wait to implement the ideas I heard about in presentation by@theartguy. Always engaging.

  12. OK, that's enough with over-inflating my ego. Now to hang out in rm 320 for presentations by @thetechtiger & @MatthewWinner


  1. Lights, Learning, Action is starting in rm 320! There's still room, come on in!

  2. @thetechtiger tell me more about that webinar thing. I'm interested.

  3. "You can't just say you want the next version of Shakespeare." Start simple. (via @thetechtiger)

  4. 1st example: 3 word video (via @thetechtiger)

  5. Find @thetechtiger's resources online at

  6. Six word memoir: "Old too soon, young too late." (via @thetechtiger)

  7. My 6 word memoir: "Uh oh, was that thing on?"

  8. Google Search Stories: No acting needed, all typing.

  9. To make a Google Search Story you also need good search skills in addition to story writing skills. (via @thetechtiger)

  10. Paper Slide videos: Very much like the "In Plain English" videos. (via@thetechtiger)

  11. Paper Slide Videos: Need Camera Person, Narrator, & Paper Slider (via @thetechtiger)

  12. Shoutout for AFI's curriculum. It's FREE! (Via @thetechtiger)

  13. Next Vista "Teach a project in 90 seconds." (Via @thetechtiger)

  14. I inturrupted @thetechtiger. I'm sorry!

  15. On Air Free - makes iDevice into a teleprompter (via @thetechtiger)

  16. "If you crash and burn take a deep breath and try again." (Via@thetechtiger)

  17. Another AWESOME presentation by @thetechtiger at #CGMD12 - She rocks!


  1. Getting ready for @matthewwinner's presentation in room 320! Game on!

  2. @atruger OK I am now in love with - THANK YOU for this resource!

  3. Thrilled to be in this session - @matthewwinner and his co presenter (twitter unknown) are doing a great job!

  4. "They already have math in [the Wii] but they're not telling anyone about it, which is really stupid." (via @matthewwinner)

  5. Full mix of Wii experience levels here. (I've never used one.)

  6. "When I walk into a math room, I want to hear a healthy math buzz."

  7. Watching video of students playing a skiing game while others record scores & find mean & average. (via @matthewwinner)

  8. "Who's doing the thinking/talking in your room?"

  9. Digital handouts for @matthewwinner's session:

  10. Using a Wii bowling game to teach decimal places. Game lets you bowl with 100 pins. (via @matthewwinner)

  11. During @thetechtiger's session @matthewwinner pointed out "Could not connect to the internet." is a 6 word story.

  12. "While we play I have my phone out and have a student take pictures." (via @matthewwinner)

  13. "We need to use these tools to connect to THEIR world." (via@matthewwinner)

  14. The Wii seems to mostly be used as an engaging way to gather relevant data. My challenge will be how to do something similar.

  15. Their high score is held by a 2nd grader. (via @matthewwinner)


  1. I hope we can afford it - if I can I'll be there! RT @sbeducator: Really liked #CGMD12! I will be there next year...and will bring others!

  2. RT: Charity Harbeck ‏ @harbeckc @theartguy Art of Video games exhibit link.

I have company at #cgmd12

I have company at #cgmd12

I have company at #cgmd12,
originally uploaded by TheArtGuy.

I know where I'll be Session 8! #cgmd12

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Reaching a High Score Presentation

You can also click this link to see the presentation.

Common Ground Maryland 2012 Twitter Digest Day 1

Because someone might want to look at this and before long going back through Twitter will make it too hard to see these posts, here's a (not so) brief summary of my observations. I've placed gaps to show where I went from one session to another.

  1. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320" caption="My hat's seen better days."][/caption]

    Up early for a full day of #CGMD12 ... As soon as the caffiene kicks in.

  2. @MatthewWinner Not today, no. I look forward to seeing you in my session tomorrow! (That means I'll have at least one person there.)

  3. It begins! My presentation has remained largely unchanged for weeks, and I just thought of something new to add.

  4. Not 10 minutes after getting here I was recognized twice and high-fived once. I <3 #cgmd12.

  5. A little worried - apparently my #CGMD12 session is at the same time as tomorrow's keynotes. Might have a room to myself.


  6. In room 321, ready to see Doug Johnson present on using personal devices for education. I'm in the seat next to the outlet. :)

  7. All of Doug Johnson's session notes are online at

  8. Note to self, look for book called Disrupting Class.

  9. @KatrinaStevens1 Your session was already on my short list. Hall is awesome but I've seen him before.

  10. Talking about distractions in class - all of which are low tech.

  11. "I don't think they're looking for entertainment as much as they are looking for engagement."

  12. "You can't disregard the entertainment factor. ... Engagement can't JUST be entertainment."

  13. "I don't have all the answers but I hope to leave you confused at a higher level."I am so glad I picked this session.

  14. "If I could give my grandkids a gift, it would be to give them a life full of interesting problems."

  15. Update: Disrupting Class is available on Google Play note: The Kindle version is cheaper.)

  16. Don't forget to have your edtech conference bingo cards at the ready.

  17. YES! Speaker is using all the arguments against personal devices to explain why pencils shouldn't be used in class.

  18. Doug Johnson is in Rm 321 all day today. From everything I've seen so far everyone should see at least one of his sessions.

  19. RE: Devices in school "It's easier to steer the camel in the direction it's already going."

  20. When allowing personal devices, set clear rules and expectations - AUP

  21. "You can use [it], but first explain [how it will help you learn more]."

  22. MP3 player used to 1) Record instructor, 2) listen to language lessons 3) Tune out distractions when doing solo work. FOCUS

  23. Essentially: it's not the tool, it's how the tool is used.

  24. "[Personal devices] can be used to facilitate TRUE differentiated instruction."

  25. Out of time! I'll have to catch up on #BYOD in another session.

  26. Teaching to the test creates governed citizens, not governing citizens.


  27. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="320" caption="I won a duck. I named it Frog."][/caption]

    At @msreneescience & @carmelitadd's session on mashups

  28. When making mashups, make sure you're allowed. (Creative Commons, etc.)

  29. @msreneescience & @carmelitadd Don't forget and for mashup resources!

  30. and are more awesome resources for mashups.

  31. Audience is giving tons of resources. Awesome. (Also:

  32. for creating "mixtapes in minutes."

  33. @willrich45 As tech changes required skills change too, so I'd say learning dispositions are more important.

  34. Showing how to embed (YouTube) videos into other sites.

  35. When embedding/linking YouTube vids, you can have them start at specific points by selecting minutes and seconds.

  36. Request for next year: Print the schedule on cheaper paper. My pen won't write well on this stuff.

  37. Wouldn't be a session on mashups without mentioning Glogster.


  38. @HallDavidson's Keynote Handouts:


  39. In the session about @lessoncast

  40. 50% of graduates of Teacher Prep programs leave the teaching field within 5 years. :(

  41. Oh wow they have the Unhelpful High School Teacher Meme pic (unedited) in their presentation.

  42. I have achieved buzzword bingo in this session.(The point was that buzzwords are overemphasized.)

  43. Still discussing the problems in this session. I think we're ready to listen to solutions, now.

  44. Aaand as soon as I sent that last one, they switched to talking abut a solution.

  45. So @Lessoncast seems to have a nice interface for creating short videos, including space for your script.

  46. "Just because you're not a good designer does not mean you're a bad teacher." ... but it helps.


  47. In @harryhanna's session on Twitter "Going to the Dogs!" Also, I'm using one of the only outlets in the room.

  48. This session is apparently about @GUESStheDog. Should prove interesting.

  49. I am very amused that the majority of people who say hi to me at #CGMD12 call me "The Art Guy" instead of "Aaron," including @runkles1.

  50. Starting with "Twitter in Plain English" video.

  51. Now moving into the "A lot of people use Twitter" phase of the presentation. East Coast Earthquake, Beyonce, SuperBowl

  52. Gary's Social Media Counter:

  53. Relevant to this Twitter discussion:

  54. Elementary teachers follow @GUESStheDog, who in turn follows the teachers. Guess answers questions.

  55. "Can the kids use their cell phones?" Their policy is "Yes.*" (So is ours.) (The * is important.)

  56. "Txt tlk is ok" ... but only when using Twitter, not persuasive writing afterward.

  57. Don't make a lot of teacher accounts from the same IP address at once, they'll think you're making spam accounts.

  58. Parents encouraged to make Twitter accounts to follow teacher accounts. Teacher accounts are protected.

  59. Preview EVERYTHING. (And use the Block button liberally.)

  60. @harryhanna @mrh21727 has a web interface in addition to their app. Good way to bypass seeing trending topics.

  61. Just saw @gwynethjones' tweets as they flipped between Twitter pages. She's a super star.

  62. Going over Twitter vocabulary. Not sure I need to bother summarizing those here.

  63. "Why did you use Explorer?" Oh I like @mrh21727.

  64. Looked up how long I've been using Twitter. here's the video I made when I started in 2007:

  65. More Twitter resources:


  66. Ready to see what MacGyver would do in regards to edtech. Rm 327

  67. MacGyver preso is run by @scottkotarides, resources are on

  68. A lot of tool implementation is "Ready, Fire, Aim!"Yeah, I've seen that.

  69. "Teachers do not get creative with technology." How many teachers make students make PowerPoint reports?

  70. "You have to use what you have. ... Creativity can take you a long way."

  71. I'm enjoying this presentation, but oh the horrid color choices for this slide. Needs more contrast!

  72. "What if you could buy a few iPads (or insert device here) per year?" Might not be a class set, but it could work.


  73. Upstairs at the #CGMD12 Tweetup, wondering if everyone else is downstairs.

  74. Home from #CGMD12 and the Tweetup. Lots of awesome people there, but parties (and bars, even nice ones) aren't my thing.

I won a duck #cgmd12

I won a frog #cgmd12

I won a duck #cgmd12,
originally uploaded by TheArtGuy.


@ #cgmd12

@ #cgmd12

@ #cgmd12,
originally uploaded by TheArtGuy.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Front facing camera test

Front facing camera test

Front facing camera test,
originally uploaded by TheArtGuy.