Synthesizers: My Kids
At Douglas Kiang and Beth Holland's session at the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit, they asked participants to get into small groups and try to "remix" the traditional game of Rock Paper, Scissors. Many people decided to add twists to when there is a tie. My group got so far as to say that if there is a tie, the 'tying object' gets removed but then some sort of bad consequence happens for both people if there is a tie of the remaining 'dominant' object. We didn't get as far to figure out what that was. We also considered an ante structure whereas a tie builds up the pot. Fun way to get thinking.
Today in San Diego I facilitated an iLab session called an EE MasterClass. Below are the slides used during the session and here is a link to the downloadable slide deck if you want to use it yourself. It showcase both Interactive Whiteboard and Collaborative Whiteboard.
This was maybe my fourth or fifth consecutive year facilitating a conversation at #educon in Philadelphia, PA. This event is unlike any of the other education convenings. There is, to a degree, a heaviness and seriousness in topics and the way that people engage with them, yet there is also a playful, respectful, and sincere tone that is set forth by the leaders of this event. It's an incredibly unique balance that I struggle to find the right words to describe. But I know that I am more informed, more connected, and better equipped to serve and lead after attending. I took some notes during two of the sessions on Saturday. They are below.
A 6-bar progression (so really this is 18 bars). Bass and guitars are all live. Garageband drummer.
Whether it was graph paper or lined paper, I didn't always have an easy time keeping my math work neat as a student. Maybe it would start that way but by the end it would be a mess. In the new version of Explain Everything, you can add a template background that has lined paper, graph paper, and many more. This way, depending on whether or not the background is helpful for working through steps of abstract problems, a user can choose what works best for him/herself. If you press record - even for just a few problems - it can create an interesting artifact. Not a tutorial and not a polished demonstration of understanding necessarily, just a richer story than a flat image/document.
Some people might think it would be nice to have a day to explore London, but I just want to go home to my family! Winter Storm Jonas has kept me (and many, many, others) away from home. I could have just stayed in my hotel room all day, but I decided to try out one of those free self-guided walks. I didn't do too much research butthis was a good one as it gave me something to do - or at least a catalyst for starting my day. I didn't stop and take any pictures, and I didn't complete the walk as I had lunch (noodles!) and decided to catch a movie (The Revenant!).
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