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!
During the past few weeks I have had the honor to be one the guests on some terrific podcasts about education and technology. I am including screenshots from each that when clicked go to each show's homepage. I think that it's always nice to those who work so hard to put together these shows to link back to their original sites.
The #ladygeeks (@kateiregan88 and @ShariSloane) produced a vodcast about Explain Everything and the Flipped Classroom. They shared a bunch of great resources, tools, and ideas, and then provided me, Michelle Cordy, Kristi Meeuwse, and Shelagh Lim each with an opportunity to talk about how student screencasting is a powerful approach for demonstrating understanding. Click the image below to visit the #ladygeeks website and watch the vodcast.
Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith have been working with educators around the world to produce brief videos that share a tip, trick, or idea for the classroom. There are a ton of great ideas shared on their website already, and more are to come. I shared an idea about an iPad workflow using Evernote, Email, and Postach.io to store and share content from iPads (in a shared or 1:1 model). I also used Explain Everything in the video. Check it out!
Jeff Bradbury (aka @TeacherCast) produced a show titled 'What is an Apple Distinguished Educator?' Jenny Grabiec invited me, David Malone, and Kristi Meeuwse to join her in this episode to share our experiences working in schools with Apple products, applying for the ADE program, and participating in the summer ADE institute.
Note: the link goes to Jeff's YouTube channel, not his TeacherCast podcast page since it doesn't look like he has posted the video there yet.
I have submitted a proposal for SXSWedu 2014. I am hoping to share more in detail about an idea that I touched upon at a couple of conferences/presentations in the Spring. The idea is that the word assessment doesn't mean grades, and that grades are generally insufficient or artificial. You can learn more about this by visiting my proposal page at this link.
There is voting period over the next few weeks. I am going to try and limit the amount of Tweets about it to only two a day. Crowd-sourced voting accounts for something like 30% of the overall decision making (you can read more about the process here).
Thanks in advance for any votes, shares, likes, and retweets!
Header photo by Robert S. Donovan