I was intrigued by the buckets and skills provided in this article on the World Economic Forum Blog. It was shared by a colleague last week and it continues to seems like a helpful way to organizing thinking around relevant programs in schools.
Steve encouraged me to sign up for this email, and so far I have indeed found it interesting.
There are probably a lot of tools that do this, I just happened to be introduced to it last week. Form Publisher is a Google Forms add on that lets you take form input data and lay it out on top of a template for easier sharing and communication.
I learned about Boomerang from Steve Barnwell at LearnFestATX. I have not set it up yet but will do so in about month when I add one more GSuite account to my growing list from my many professional and personal entanglements. When set up, it allows you to decide when your emails are actually delivered to you. You can designate specific times for delivery so that your phone or mail client are not always in an 'alway on and alerting mode.' You have to set an understanding that email is not the best mechanism for non-urgent communication (text/Slack/phonecall/walk down the hall are all better for that). Once set though, you can take back some control of when the often overwhelming volume of information comes in. I am excited to use this.
I think I have written about Automator before, and I still think it is a tool that I definitely underutilize and that most people don't frequently take advantage of. I needed to resize a bunch of images quickly and I thought I remembered how to do it in Photoshop but I wanted something that was quicker and easier to re-run. After dragging in 4 commands (it took a bit of trial and error) I got the result I wanted.
When I press Run, I get asked to choose a folder. After that, it copied the photos, opened the copies and resized them all. Now I did have a bunch of photos open on my screen but I just quit Preview and the process was all done.
Steve pointed me in the direction of this interview and encouraged me to read more about him (and we soon after interviewed him ourselves). He has written numerous books and taught for many years about his expertise: valuation. He also practices a generous spirit of teaching and connecting multiple projects and activities so there is no wasted effort. I recommend Narrative and Numbers, the first of his books that I have read.
I never fully knew the difference between Redwoods and Sequoias. I got to be around some Redwoods this weekend. Now I understand a little bit better.
Tomorrow evening, we'll be sharing and celebrating the work of students in my class, Managing Educational Technology resources, with each other and with guests from the area. Instead of assigning a typical paper or, worse, giving a final exam, we chose to spend the last few weeks of class synthesizing and working towards some meaningful application of what was learned and experienced during the entire semester. Below are some of the ideas that will be shared:
Learning Space Design
A poorly designed physical school space hinders learning and communication of school’s brand. Based on research, a school’s physical space should stimulate learning, aid creativity, and reduce distraction. Besides being a supporting system for education, a school’s environment should also reflect its values. Our challenge is to redesign [a new school's] physical space based on its current learning space design problems.
“Virtual Empathy - Real Solutions”
It is a challenge to “teach” empathy and interpersonal skills, due to difficulties in delivering authentic social interactions in traditional secondary education classroom settings. How might we overcome the challenges in delivering opportunities for authentic social interactions, therefore allowing students to “practice” these skills? (i.e. interpersonal skills, social cues, empathy). We propose that virtual reality programs may be utilized to provide real-to-life opportunities to practice and develop these skills.
TC Course Enrollment
So many students are struggling every year to enroll in courses in CMLTD and some students also fail to register their favorite courses because of unfamiliarity. This website aims at providing information on courses, professors (including labs and centers they are leading), and program requirements for CMLTD students.
matchEd is an online platform that connects education students with in-service teachers and helps facilitate observations, student-teaching, and feedback.
Equipment and project outcomes can cause sensory and auditory distress. How might we adapt current Makerspaces so that they cater to a larger population of students with auditory and sensory processing challenges?
Mobile Innovation Lab
Mobile Innovation Lab is a traveling learning space that provides enriching 21st-century STEM learning experiences in a dynamic and interactive environment to underserved Native American students.