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.

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