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Up early for a full day of
#CGMD12 ... As soon as the caffiene kicks in. @MatthewWinner Not today, no. I look forward to seeing you in my session tomorrow! (That means I'll have at least one person there.)
- It begins! My presentation has remained largely unchanged for weeks, and I just thought of something new to add.
- Not 10 minutes after getting here I was recognized twice and high-fived once. I <3
- A little worried - apparently my
#CGMD12 session is at the same time as tomorrow's keynotes. Might have a room to myself.
- In room 321, ready to see Doug Johnson present on using personal devices for education. I'm in the seat next to the outlet. :)
- All of Doug Johnson's session notes are online at http://bit.ly/dsPPGg
- Note to self, look for book called Disrupting Class.
@KatrinaStevens1 Your session was already on my short list. Hall is awesome but I've seen him before.
- Talking about distractions in class - all of which are low tech.
- "I don't think they're looking for entertainment as much as they are looking for engagement."
- "You can't disregard the entertainment factor. ... Engagement can't JUST be entertainment."
- "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.
- "If I could give my grandkids a gift, it would be to give them a life full of interesting problems."
- Update: Disrupting Class is available on Google Play http://bit.ly/HVbfUr.(Post-Conference note: The Kindle version is cheaper.)
- Don't forget to have your edtech conference bingo cards at the ready. http://bit.ly/HVc5k9
- YES! Speaker is using all the arguments against personal devices to explain why pencils shouldn't be used in class.
- 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.
- RE: Devices in school "It's easier to steer the camel in the direction it's already going."
- When allowing personal devices, set clear rules and expectations - AUP
- "You can use [it], but first explain [how it will help you learn more]."
- MP3 player used to 1) Record instructor, 2) listen to language lessons 3) Tune out distractions when doing solo work. FOCUS
- Essentially: it's not the tool, it's how the tool is used.
- "[Personal devices] can be used to facilitate TRUE differentiated instruction."
- Out of time! I'll have to catch up on
#BYOD in another session.
- Teaching to the test creates governed citizens, not governing citizens.
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@msreneescience & @carmelitadd's session on mashups http://bit.ly/JiyC51
- When making mashups, make sure you're allowed. (Creative Commons, etc.)
@msreneescience & @carmelitadd Don't forget http://openclipart.org and http://incompetech.com for mashup resources!
- http://soundbible.com and http://archive.org are more awesome resources for mashups.
- Audience is giving tons of resources. Awesome. (Also: http://Soundcloud.com)
- http://www.dragontape.com for creating "mixtapes in minutes."
@willrich45 As tech changes required skills change too, so I'd say learning dispositions are more important.
- Showing how to embed (YouTube) videos into other sites.
- When embedding/linking YouTube vids, you can have them start at specific points by selecting minutes and seconds.
- Request for next year: Print the schedule on cheaper paper. My pen won't write well on this stuff.
- Wouldn't be a session on mashups without mentioning Glogster.
@HallDavidson's Keynote Handouts: http://linkyy.com/HallDavidsonHandouts http://linkyy.com/MDLA
- In the session about
- 50% of graduates of Teacher Prep programs leave the teaching field within 5 years. :(
- Oh wow they have the Unhelpful High School Teacher Meme pic (unedited) http://bit.ly/rludHV in their presentation.
- I have achieved buzzword bingo in this session.(The point was that buzzwords are overemphasized.)
- Still discussing the problems in this session. I think we're ready to listen to solutions, now.
- Aaand as soon as I sent that last one, they switched to talking abut a solution.
@Lessoncast seems to have a nice interface for creating short videos, including space for your script.
- "Just because you're not a good designer does not mean you're a bad teacher." ... but it helps.
@harryhanna's session on Twitter "Going to the Dogs!" Also, I'm using one of the only outlets in the room.
- This session is apparently about
@GUESStheDog. Should prove interesting.
- 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.
- Starting with "Twitter in Plain English" video. http://bit.ly/nQxDoG
- Now moving into the "A lot of people use Twitter" phase of the presentation. East Coast Earthquake, Beyonce, SuperBowl
- Gary's Social Media Counter: http://bit.ly/4tMhu0
- Relevant to this Twitter discussion: http://bit.ly/J989KE
- Elementary teachers follow
@GUESStheDog, who in turn follows the teachers. Guess answers questions.
- "Can the kids use their cell phones?" Their policy is "Yes.*" (So is ours.) (The * is important.)
- "Txt tlk is ok" ... but only when using Twitter, not persuasive writing afterward.
- Don't make a lot of teacher accounts from the same IP address at once, they'll think you're making spam accounts.
- Parents encouraged to make Twitter accounts to follow teacher accounts. Teacher accounts are protected.
- Preview EVERYTHING. (And use the Block button liberally.)
@harryhanna @mrh21727 http://TweetDeck.com has a web interface in addition to their app. Good way to bypass seeing trending topics.
- Just saw
@gwynethjones' tweets as they flipped between Twitter pages. She's a super star.
- Going over Twitter vocabulary. Not sure I need to bother summarizing those here.
- "Why did you use Explorer?" Oh I like
- Looked up how long I've been using Twitter. here's the video I made when I started in 2007: http://bit.ly/HW0KAl
- More Twitter resources: http://bit.ly/HW11Dm
- Ready to see what MacGyver would do in regards to edtech.
- MacGyver preso is run by
@scottkotarides, resources are on http://bit.ly/HWp57k
- A lot of tool implementation is "Ready, Fire, Aim!"Yeah, I've seen that.
- "Teachers do not get creative with technology." How many teachers make students make PowerPoint reports?
- "You have to use what you have. ... Creativity can take you a long way."
- I'm enjoying this presentation, but oh the horrid color choices for this slide. Needs more contrast!
- "What if you could buy a few iPads (or insert device here) per year?" Might not be a class set, but it could work.
- Upstairs at the
#CGMD12 Tweetup, wondering if everyone else is downstairs.
- Home from
#CGMD12 and the Tweetup. Lots of awesome people there, but parties (and bars, even nice ones) aren't my thing.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
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.