Peggy GeorgeAlice if you have any questions about Participate I would be happy to jump on a Skype call to talk and any time.
Peggy GeorgeParents aren't always the best role models!
Jamie CampGuiding kids with mobile devices is sooo much harder than it was when my daughter was young--and she's only 26!
Alice BarrThank you Peggy.
Peggy GeorgeMichael Wesch is awesome!
Alice BarrI will take you up on that!
cheryloakes50Peggy, role models need to be explicit. Outloud thinking, I am putting my phone away until the end of this discussion
Peggy Georgegood point! But they also need to do what they say
Jamie CampWhen she was young, we could ensure that she used digital tools in a public family space. She didn't have a way to even USE it in her bedroom or privately. Not it's so much harder for parents.
Alice BarrWhere do these links go after the show?
Peggy GeorgePaul Allison is still doing EdTechTalk shows. One just started: Playground City: digital media, bike mechanics, food justice, and cooking in Orlando, Florida http://edtechtalk.com/ttt
Peggy Georgethey disappear unless Wes copies/pastes them I think
Peggy GeorgeThanks Cheryl. Found Revision Assistant
Alice BarrI will have to find the field trip link.
Peggy Georgeour guest presenter this Sat. on Classroom 2.0 LIVE are the co-creators of #digcitkids Curran Dee is 11 yrs old & he's doing the presentation. "Digital Citizenship from a Kid's Perspective."
Peggy GeorgeWhat a fun conversation!!! So excited to have been part of it virtually!! Thank you Cheryl and Alice and Wes!
Jamie CampThanks everyone! It was fun to be with you all tonight!
Peggy Georgevery busy summers for teachers who "get 3 months paid vacation"!!
Peggy Georgedon't you hate it when people say that???
This conference was about using technology for teaching and learning and sponsored by a group of very passionate teachers who are Google Certified Innovators. 400 Brazilian teachers gave up their Saturday to come and learn. Cheryl Oakes and I were invited by Carla Arena whom we met online. Cheryl taught with Carla on Webheads, we connected through the Seedlings podcasts, and we met in person in the summer of 2010.
The hosts at Colegio Marista were so gracious. People went out of their way to help us and make sure that we had what we needed at all times. They gave us a tour of the amazing facilities and showed us some of the unique features of the school. It was built in the early 1800’s as a boys’ boarding school. It’s built around a quadrangle. There’s a chapel and a small auditorium (one of two) on one side. On the third floor where there are now state of the art science labs, were display cases with the original lab equipment that has been used through the years. A soccer pitch and a swimming pool are all within the confines of a city block. It was clear that teachers and students were incredibly proud of their school. One of the things that really impressed
me about the school was the fact that students go to school from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. But then they have the opportunity to stay as late as 9 p.m. if they want to. There are lots of activities for the students to participate in. But what we noticed was the youngest students were free playing in the quadrangle and having a great time. There are benches all around the edge. Parents and caregivers were also enjoying some time together. It was so nice to see students excited to be at school and wanting to stay late to play together. Colegio Marista has developed a strong sense of safety and community.
During the conference, each presenter had a bilingual student who helped us set up and worked with us during our sessions. The students were so accommodating, helping us navigate our way around the school, get us on the network, and kept time with reminder cards that counted down how much time we had left to present.
Cheryl and I did the first session together - Change it up with Student Purpose in Mind. We wanted to stress was that we are in a small world and connecting students is one of the most powerful learning opportunities to put learning in the hands of the students. We modeled a connected classroom (Thank you Maria Knee, Kathy Cassidy, and Amanda Marrinan) and demoed Mystery Skype. Our purpose was to help teachers see that these tools are fairly easy to use and that students can do most of the work. We also introduced the idea connecting to other teachers through the use of hashtags and proposed the idea of a slow chat using the hashtag #BrazilEdu. Our intention with #BrazilEdu is to ask a question every other week and see if we can get people starting conversations, connecting with one another, and learning the value of being online to get new ideas for teaching and learning. The session was well received. Teachers seemed excited about trying out some of the ideas.
I did two sessions on digging deeper into Google Docs. Perhaps the biggest aha moment was when I showed teachers how to make a web page out of a Google Doc and share it with parents without too much fuss. They also liked the new tool for using Google Keep notes and we looked at some ideas for how to use Google Keep in the classroom.
I think my favorite part of the day was the coffee break. It was scheduled between the last two sessions. But it wasn't just coffee, a DJ and dancing were also on the menu. The music was pumping, people were line dancing and everyone was re-energized for the last session. Amazing!
My last session was introducing Breakout EDU. I brought the game with me. We think this was the first time it's ever been played in Brazil. We played Faculty Meeting because it's a little bit shorter (30 minutes vs. 45) and introduces the concept of solving puzzles. It's meant for 15 people but I had 35 in the room. It was a little crazy with so many people, but they dove right in and tried all kinds of things (in their second language!) They were quick to solve the puzzles but they had a fabulous time doing it. Victor, the student helper was amazing, helping me translate when necessary. They never used the hints. They ended up breaking out in 16 minutes. We then debriefed and talked about how Breakouts can be used in a class. I also introduced digital breakouts. It was a great way to end the day.
"If we don't ask students to help frame the system, they tend to game the system. We all know that students can be incredibly clever when it comes to circumventing the Internet rules we put in place. However, when students have a voice in creating the rules, they're not so quick to game them."
"Schools are relationships and interactions among people. How interpersonal interaction is structured determines schools' effectiveness. When teachers are seen as interchangeable parts in a machine created to mass-produce educated students, they tend to become isolated and alienated from each other and from their work. The benefits of cooperative teams, therefore, are great for faculty and students."