Thursday, October 20, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
On Friday October 7th, Yarmouth High School hosted a day-long conference for 2 school districts. George Couros (@gcouros) keynoted and inspired all of us with his stories about empathy and relationships. This was followed by two Breakout sessions with presenters from the 2 districts as well as some of our PLN from around the State. Lunch was organized by job-alike rooms so participants could cross pollinate. The afternoon was set up as an EdCamp. Participants pitched ideas for all kinds of sessions. The hashtag for the day was #yfinnovate. We even managed to trend!
We were so excited from the anecdotal feedback we got all day. People seemed excited to have choices about the sessions they went to and enjoyed the mix of the 2 schools. This became more apparent as the EdCamp sessions were designed. Some were job-alike discussions and some were follow-ups to the morning sessions. Judging from the feedback, people got a lot out of this day and we hope to be able to offer something similar in the future. I so appreciate the superintendents of both districts modeling an innovation mindset by accepting and following through on this day. I am excited about the possibilities for the future.
Saturday, October 08, 2016
Sunday, October 02, 2016
STEM and Google - we looked at Google Classroom as a way to help students and teachers organize their work.
Google Cardboard and STEM - the question was asked - How can we use this in our classrooms. Many participants hadn't seen Cardboard, so after a demo, we didn't have a lot of time for discussion. I look forward to more discussion on this topic!
Breakout Edu - Digital Edition - I knew about this website, but what I didn't know was how amazing the games are. Sonja and Amy did a great job taking us through one of the easier games and gave a lot of tips and tricks for using the games with students. I love how these games promote the 4 C's and can see some ways to fit these into the high school schedule.
My first idea is to think about using Breakout Digital with students in freshman study hall. The time is exactly half the study hall time and would be fun to do with small groups. I also want to offer this to students as an option in our Brain Candy blog. I need to think a little bit more about how to organize it.
Jim, Alice, and I worked as a team on Evil Doctor Elgoog. While we didn't finish, it was great to work together. I'm not sure I would have thought of all the clues without their help. It was so much fun, I kept going the next morning and finally figured it out. I think students would love these games!