I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with faculty and administrators from District 25 in Arlington Heights, IL. Below are the slides from my main presentation, and below that are links to some of the videos which I shared of interesting contexts where I have seen Explain Everything being used. It was a terrific day, organized by Chris Fahnoe and his colleagues. Thanks again for having me out!
I enjoyed my first ISTE experience. It was especially good to meet my Explain Everything partners for the first time in person after having worked together for nearly 4 years.
Below are the slides I shared in my Ignite talk on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully ISTE will post and share the video as well.
I'll be heading down to Atlanta for my first ISTE experience. What I thought was going to be a just a fly-in for one event has turned into a whole extended weekend of stuff which I am looking forward to being a part of. See you down there!
We wrote a guest blog post for GettingSmart.com. Titled "Leading Online: Challenging and Changing Meeting Structures," it is based on one of the chapters in our book about meetings. It also includes a sketchnote by @braddo. Click the link above to read the article.
I presented as part of a session titled "Looking Inward as a Critical Pathway to Teaching Excellence" at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Philidelphia, PA. Below are my slides which are from my dissertation research on teacher beliefs and practices, screencasting, formative assessment, and mobile technologies.
On Tuesday I had the honor of presenting to a group of nurses, firefighters, doctors, and others who are involved in outreach and education about burn prevention. It was a lot of fun working with a group of people from outside of the ed tech circles I normally end up speaking with at conferences. Below are my slides.
Head over to the Leading Online blog for my slide deck + captions to provide a little bit of context. Thanks to all who came!
Steve Valentine and I will be facilitating a conversation at Educon 2.6 in Philadelphia, PA this weekend. Our session is titled 'Engaging as Networked Thought Leaders: Let's Write a Book in 90 Minutes!'
We're going to try and compress, recreate, and share all that we learned in the past year in designing, constructing, and publishing Leading Online with anyone who honors us by choosing to spend their time with in our session on Saturday Morning.
This is the first time we've attempted to facilitate a collaboration of this scale and purpose, but we think it might work. And even if it doesn't, we'll have learned something by attempting it. We submitted a similar proposal to another conference but it was met with some pretty skeptical and harsh criticism from the reviewers. It probably wasn't the right venue for this kind of exercise anyways.
We like Educon.
For the past year my friend and colleague, Steve Valentine, and I have been working on a multi-touch book (for iBooks on iPads and OS X Mavericks) about organizational leadership and schools. You can read more about this project at http://www.leadingonline.net.
Yesterday we sent the ibooks file, the sample chapter, cover art, description, and screenshots to iTunes for review. Should all go according to plan, the sample chapter will be available with pre-orders, in a week or two, and the full book shortly after.
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I recently did a webinar for the Sloan Consortium (in partnership with Academic Partnerships). I'm not necessarily a pro-MOOC person, but I thought that the description of a program that was being offered was really interesting and right up my alley as far as how technology can be used to make learning more personal instead of simply more efficient.
The session was titled "Human Element: Tools for humanizing your online course." I basically gave an overview of Explain Everything to as an example of the types of media authoring tools that are now much more ubiquitous. I then shared some use case examples of the app and how it gives students a different type of voice or way to communicate their understanding. I also quickly shared some findings from my recently completed research project on screencasting and formative assessment.
I definitely was not trying to say that Explain Everything is going to change the world or make online instruction better. Instead, my intent was to share ideas for how student articulation of learning (and teacher's ongoing assessment) has many more entry points than it did even 4 or 5 years ago. Instructors who conduct online courses can look to emerging tools to bridge distance and time and make the relationship between an online instructor and his or her students more personal (and human), and not simply just settle the relationship being a manageable one that gets everyone through a semester.
Link is here: http://sloanconsortium.org/webinar_recordings — it is a bit of a process to download/update Java and then if you have a Mac you have to install some separate app, but once you get it all sorted out....enjoy!