Shelley Vohra, Ph.D. shared her research on "Closing the Equity Gap Through the Use of Social Media" that focuses on the use of #twitter as the tool of choice where teachers are able to enhance their professional practice, reflect on their profession, obtain support from fellow educators across the globe, and provide students with opportunities to explore real world experiences and be more engaged in their own learning.
The study included an 8th grade Math class where social presence theory is identified as the methodology of practice. The purpose of the study is to explore social presence on #twitter, student engagement and learning, and to fill a gap/need in this particular area. Below are some of the ideas I have captured through my #sketchnotes.
This may sound very familiar, but don't we, as educators, always look forward to being part of an engaging and active Professional Learning Network (PLN), where we can communicate ideas, collaborate best practices, and exchange strategies that we can apply in each other's classrooms. This particular session gave a lot of inspiration in identifying different styles of PLNs and how it can benefit one's professional learning, growth and development. Sometimes, it is good to go out of the usual path and try digital PLNs and social media tools to navigate into the global world of sharing.
As I entered the big session room where Hall Davidson was to present his piece on "Virtual Reality for Classrooms & Schools", I was expecting a great amount of information to be shared that I may not be fully familiar with. True enough, when he started delivering his presentation, I was introduced to a multitude of possibilities where virtual reality can be used to provide more engagement and active participation among students in the classroom.
Though I was expecting a little bit more his presentation, such as the reflective aspect of virtual reality with regard to developing authentic student learning and empowered student voices, I took mostly what I called an influx of "what you need to have", "what best tech devices to use", "examples of VR application in the classroom", "what VR means and what it can offer", and the like. I guess my expectation is not something that is part of his presentation and thus, his focus was entirely on the "what" and "how", and not completely as to the "why".
I find this a bit problematic since this kind of "stigma" of technology of just being the "what" and "how" on student learning has been quite limiting. At times, it has become the downfall for technology, not unless, the use of technology is elevated for a higher and more meaningful, relevant purpose. With the trend of #empoweringlearners and providing students with opportunities to build their #authenticvoice, #virtualreality needs to elevate its presence and purpose in today's role in education.
Below is the #sketchnote that I have created based on the information I have gathered in Hall Davidson's presentation. Good information, but again, I was expecting a little bit more depth.
....so, let us be prepared to give the ultimate best to our students for their authentic learning experiences!
With the ISTE Standards for Students, we can prepare our students to become Empowered Learners, Digital Citizens, Knowledge Constructors, Innovative Designers, Computational Thinkers, Creative Communicators, and Global Collaborators! #ISTE2018 With my #sketchnote below, I aim to capture the different key indicators of what makes a Future Ready Student, based on the ISTE Standards for Students.
David Eagleman, Ph. D. is one of the keynote speakers during the #ISTE2018 Convention. It was a privilege to hear him speak and share his expertise about "The Brain". I also had the privilege to have a photo with him and obtain his signature on my #digitalsketchpad as a memento of this wonderful meeting opportunity. Thus, you can see in this particular #sketchnote his signature and his drawing of the brain. I am grateful!
During #ISTE2018, I had my first full implementation of #sketchnotes as I was capturing notes, ideas, and adding my own visual illustrations while listening and learning from fellow educators and conference presenters. I was definitely inspired by the words and accomplishments of fellow educators, as they share their experiences and expertise in innovative learning and effective technology integration. My brain was in information overload!
As my first #sketchnote, it was difficult and challenging at first, especially when I was trying to organize the type of images that will symbolize popular words as reference to education, technology integration, learner centered experiences, learner empowerment, and the like. It was also a challenge to sketch and draw as quickly as possible, as the flow of words and ideas begin pouring out from the minds of the conference presenters. I had to combine the skill of listening and doodling at the same time, without losing momentum and consistency. Despite these challenges, it had been quite exciting to see my #sketchnotes come to life! This will be an ongoing progress and as I practice more often, I will be able to create better #sketchnotes. I plan to use #sketchnotes not only for capturing notes, ideas or information, but also to use this as part of an activity during professional development, as a engagement tool for meetings, as a tool for presentations, etc. I think that #sketchnotes will make my presentations more "alive" and enticing to my audience! I can't wait!
Upon visiting the ISTE Conference website, I chanced upon on some information on how to become an ISTE Certified Educator. Through the collaboration between TCEA and ISTE, this opportunity is made possible, by having educators and education leaders complete a 2 day face-to-face certification training and 8 weeks online modules as part of the process. Furthermore, educators who complete these initial requirements will develop portfolios according to the expected ISTE standards for Educators and Education Leaders within a 6 month period. If you are interested to register and participate, here are some information you will need to prepare for:
Staring on June 23rd, I will be traveling to Chicago to attend the much awaited ISTE 2018 Conference that will be focusing on educator-tested strategies that have been supported with proven resources for transforming learning and teaching. This yearly conference also provides the place to get connected to the brightest minds in EdTech, and network with these wonderful educators all year long.
Here is a link to my Program Schedule at ISTE 2018. Looking forward to a week of learning!
Schedule At A Glance
Chicago — McCormick Place West Building
Today I encountered quite an interesting tweet from one of the amazing and exceptional teachers of El Paso Independent School District, Ms. Stormy Daniels. Here is a screenshot of her tweet. Upon reading it, I got pretty intrigued and I, of course, had to read more!
The link led to a short video about "The Critical Mass" by Damen Lopez who is the founder of the No Excuses University. Damen continues to inspire educators in making intentional, positive and proactive impacts in student learning and teacher attitudes and behaviors. Damen shares that many of our teachers today are faced with numerous challenges, whether in the form of class size, budget constraints, lack or limited availability of resources, not being paid enough, long work hours, etc. These are part of our current reality as educators. However, these reasons should not hinder or stop us from continuing what needs to be done, and that is, to work together and provide every student with authentic and innovative learning experiences based on real-world scenarios. As educators, we should not allow "naysayers" and "non-believers of true and meaningful teaching" to stop us. As a critical mass, we need to demonstrate and model being LIFE CHANGERS and be ON BOARD in making a purposeful difference every student's life!
Below is an excerpt of the online video on, "The Critical Mass". You can follow Damen Lopez in Twitter @noexcusesu
When speaking of an Active Learning environment, one of the ideas that come to mind would be the design and layout of the classroom, where students have spaces for small or big group collaboration, whole group discussion, individual work, easy transition from one learning style to another, brainstorming, and many more. There had been discussions of changing the traditional classroom (sitting in neat and organized rows that are mostly facing the teacher and/or the front of a board) into flexible learning spaces that would encourage students to share, work in teams, and develop better communication and collaboration skills. However, the challenge lies on how today's schools can make this change without creating burdens in their budget and current building structures.
The infographic below showcases the different ways of designing and creating an Active Learning classroom. It is quite obvious that the infographic includes modern style seats that can be easily rolled or moved, specially-designed desks and mobile storage cabinets, to name a few. After reading the infographic below, here are some questions that I would like you to think about:
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