Monday, February 10, 2014

20% project isummit

Donna Griswold
20% project 7771

1.  Please share what you accomplished with your 20% project.  What did you do?  What did you learn?

I attended the Summit on Feb. 1, 2014 at Hopkins High School for my 20% project.

I felt the summit was a good learning experience for me. It was a bit overwhelming and fast paced for my learning style when it comes to technology,but I did pick up some apps to try out.  I was encouraged to have the choice to attend the more entry level ¨camping sessions¨. These sessions were at my level, but there was a bit too much information shared in limited time. My preference would have been  two or three apps shared per session with time to play around with the apps.  It would have been helpful to know prior to each session what apps were going to be presented so I had time to download the apps prior to the class.   Luckily, with the notes I took about apps that interested me I have been exploring more on my own time to discover which might be useful for my students and professional needs. I have come to realize there are always going to be an abundant number of Apps and  I should not feel stressed to try and make an app fit my needs for the sake of using technology. I learned more tips about how my i-pad works: how to take a screenshot, how to search my notes ,how the home button works, and most importantly that I need to update to  IOS 7!
2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S. Teachers:
b. develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
I have decided to try a couple apps with students.   All of these were shared in the sessions I attended with Angie Kalthoff.  Word Wizards may be helpful for students to practice their spelling  words as well as sight words..  Futaba is an app that may be useful for reviewing sight words and using in my integrated theme unit.  I liked Toontastic as I have some students who I feel would really blossom if given the chance to role play on screen. I have a student working on reading comprehension skills so I will  have her try this app to summarize what she has read.  I liked  trying out Haiku Deck and found it very easy to use.   I am thinking about posing a question of the week for students to respond about what they learned during the  week then sharing it with all students. I teach lots of phonics rules so students could illustrate how a new rule works. I liked the app called Book Creator and will need to take some more time to figure out how everything works, but think this is an app my students would enjoy using when working on writing skills.  
I did download the app for QR codes, but this will not be an app I use with students at this time.  I will try testing it out when I am out in the community.  
5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teacher
c. evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
I enjoyed the keynote speaker, Jennie Mageria from the Chicago Public Schools.  She shared an important message about how we are eager to bring technology into our schools, but we are not eager to change our teaching. I am struggling  with that very message.  Reading the articles and videos on engaged and inspired learning gave me lots to think about.  I saw some teachers using technology for a big part of everyday  and I would be curious to know if their students showed marked improvement in their learning over time with this approach. We need to recognize that an ipad is a tool  and how to best  use them.   We need to know why we are using the ipad( or any other device) and what our goals  are.  We should not just use technology for the sake of technology without seeing benefits. I liked the student examples Jennie showed about how students problem solve a math problem using apps like explain everything and educreations.  I especially liked how she showed her students how she problem solves while at the grocery store by making a screencast in real  life.  She was not worried about a nice edited  presentation,but what was happening in the moment to teach a concept.  I think having kids make screen cast of how they solve open response math problems would be a useful way to use that technology in our school.  Teachers would need to have additional time to watch and evaluate these videos so that would be one drawback.
Overall, I would recommend another isummit and I would attend again.  I think having the day shortened would be helpful.  With all the information to absorb, I was on overload by the last session and did not take much away from it. It was also the next instructional level up and it was way above my learning curve.

3. Model Digital-Age Work and LearningTeachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teacher:
d. model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning

I will be using apps I feel will be beneficial for my students as described above.  I will share with my collegues if I find the apps would benefit their teaching.  I am hoping to collaborate with the other special education teacher who attended the isummit and see if she has used some of the apps in her setting and what she found beneficial with students.

Sheila W Melgard 20% Project iSummit MN

iSummit Summary for the Tech Cohort 20% Project
Sheila W Melgard

            I attended the iSummit MN for my 20% project.  The iSummit was based on a camping theme and the different sessions that the attendants could attend were divided into three levels; beginner (car campers), intermediate (base camping) and advanced (alpine camping).  Badges by Credly were rewarded throughout the day based on the participant’s ability to complete certain tasks presented by the session leader.  The badge I earned was for car camping, which tells you where I stand in the world of technology.
            The keynote speaker, Jenny Magiera, was phenomenal.  I loved her analogy between the 3rd Little Pig that was the innovator and how we use technology.  She reinforced my belief that iPads aren't the answer but rather a tool to be used and that we need to focus on how we implement iPads in our daily craft with our students.  In my role as an Instructional Coach I plan on sharing her 3 tips:

1.     Start with the problem of practice.  Determine what needs to be solved.
2.     Cultivate the student’s voice and hook them up with an authentic audience.
3.     Keep it real with authentic learning such as Toontastic which is a great app for creating screen casts.
Bonus Tip-Ms. Mageria reminded us that we all start somewhere and that after we fail; we need to start small and collaborate.  It’s better to learn as a community.

I was completely engaged in her presentation with her use of personal stories, videos
and humor.  The take-away for me from this keynote will be the 3 tips she shared and the fact that we all start somewhere, it’s okay to fail and that it’s best to collaborate and learn as a community.
            The first session I attended was “iPad Refresher” and the presenter was Angie Kalthoff.  Although I knew much of what she was teaching, it boosted my confidence in that I really did understand the layout of the iPad, features of the iPad and the basic settings of my iPad.  Ms. Kalthoff did a nice job of modeling the features and settings of the iPad and then she had us try each iPad feature.  She had us download several free apps (Chirp, Educreations, Fetch!LunchRush, ColAR Mix, Nearpod and ScanLife) and she demonstrated the classroom application of each.  I plan on further exploring each app and then sharing them with the teachers I coach.  A take-away for me from this session was  I think this is a fantastic tool for teachers that don’t want to run the risk of their students seeing inappropriate “related videos” or comments on YouTube. 
            The second session I attended was “Okay I have an iPad for my classroom, now what?”  The presenter, Steve Asper, reviewed the logistics of storing and charging an iPad, features of the keyboard, iPad accounts, apps and projecting.  I learned the most about projecting from this session, although I know I need more hands on time to independently use Apple TV, the apps Reflector and Air Server.  Mr. Asper stated the “camera cannot be underestimated” and that students can be reporters, post to a web page or upload data to a drive for sharing documents.  I plan on looking for another conference or class to dive into using Apple TV or similar tools.
            The 3rd session I attended was “iGoogle: Google Apps on the iPad.”  I knew that going to this session was a stretch for me as it was alpine camping, but I gave it a shot.  Jennie Magiera was the presenter and she moved quickly through steps she wanted us to carry out.  She pretty much lost me within the first five minutes and so I sat back, listened and watched.  She shared apps that allow us to create (Chrome, YouTube Capture, Drive and Blogger), consume ((Books, Google, Earth, YouTube and Translate) and connect (Hangouts, Google+, and Maps).  This session exemplified for me that “you don’t know what you don’t know.”  I realize that I need and want to keep attending technology training.  This is exciting stuff and I don’t want to be left behind.  Even though her presentation style was too quick for me, I left the session motivated to not give up knowing there is so much more for me to learn.
After reviewing the NETS*T Standards, I believe I grew in all 3 areas.  Jenny Mageria and Angie Kalthoff helped me develop a clearer picture of how to Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments and Model Digital-Age Work and Learning.  Ms. Mageria shared that she has developed digital play lists with an interactive video for her students. That is one way she differentiated for her students.  She also had the students literature downloaded on their iPads so students could maintain privacy in regards to their learning level.  Ms. Mageria described her use of authentic assessment using screen casting in a grocery store and cultivating her students’ voices by hooking them up with an authentic audience and gave the example of which is used by students around the world.  She described using technology for metacognition (i.e. Docery, Explain Everything and Educreations), which is something that had never occurred to me.  Angie Kalthoff described how she integrated technology into her daily instruction by using a variety of apps that I mentioned above in her kindergarten for skill development and assessment.  I Engaged in Professional Growth and Leadership by attending the ISummit to meet the 20% Assignment requirements for the Technology Cohort.  I plan to continue to hone my technology skills so that I promote and demonstrate the effective use of digital tools and resources in my profession and personal life.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

20% Project - isummitmn, ipad app galore!

Last Saturday, 1/2/14, I visited isummitmn at Hopkins High School!

This was a summit primarily aimed at ipad users, however many of the apps/ websites were applicable for any device. This was a fun day and passed quickly with a lot of information to process, here are some highlights for me

Connected with Minnetonka High School Chemistry department to see how there doing and Spring Lake what they are doing, hopefully future collaboration.

On this day i Learned about

zondle - online quizzing
educreations - recording of voice/writing over movies/images
Explain everything - quick editable media files explaing ideas/topics
iMovie - making movies on apple products
Pic Collage - blending media together quickly and easily
remind101 - reminder program for students and parents
Padlet - Open whiteboard online
reflector - mirror image of ipad, through airplay (not applicable for our district)

Already knew and use, but learned more about

google drive as an app

Since then 


Its through this day I increased my level of engagement of Kahoot, therefore I created a Quiz for a class I dont even teach to actively encourage others to try it out

On Kahoot, I created a Quiz 5A, which Chemistry teachers could use in the next 2 weeks

Please see email sent to Chemistry Teachers

Hi there people,

If you are interested in trying something new with a little fun for students / informal assessment then please try Kahoot,

I strongly recommend it, originally I passed it off a long time ago as a middle school gimmick, however recently I saw strong value in it, it’s an online game that they can do with any smart/web enabled device

Because I am a nice guy, no comment please, I have created a 5A test/Quiz for you guys as I believe that’s next on the horizon

If interested click on,

And create an account (quick and easy)

Click on public and look for

Gen Chem 5A And you ready to play with a class!

I am more than happy to set up and get anyone going if you need help and or give feedback that is / not worthwhile for the future


Recently I also played around with iMovie after the summit because I hadn't realized just how quick and easy it was to make a video of high quality. This potentially could help make instructional videos for the future......