EdCampKY Resource Roundup

I just can't get enough of PD this summer

What's an EdCamp?

EdCamp is an unconference where the participants are the teachers and the learners. Traditionally there are no scheduled sessions; the day's agenda evolves as people discover they have needs or ideas to share. If you're interested in trying out an EdCamp - there will be another EdCampKY in the fall, and look for EdCampNKY some time in late February.

My 3 Top Picks

Genius Hour - Give your students time to shine

Jamie Chenault led a discussion about Genius Hour and even was able to recruit writer AJ Juliani to do a GHO with us during the session. You can find loads of information at his website, and Juliani even offers the chance for you to complete a free course on getting started with Genius Hour/20% Time.

Genius Hour is modeled off of Google's 20% time and is primarily an ungraded time to give students the chance to pursue their passions and develop an intrinsic love of learning.

Genius Hour comprises of the following 3 basic elements: Students develop a research question about a topic they are passionate about that can't be answered in a quick Internet search, they conduct research about their topic, they create a project to share (preferably with the world).

Despite the fact that Genius Hour is primarily ungraded, many teachers find that they can grade students based on their research skills or they can give writing assignments that go along with the learning that can be graded.

Check out Jamie's presentation on the topic here.

Project Based Learning - because I didn't get enough at ISTE:)

As a follow up to some learning I did at ISTE, I sat in on Adam Watson's discussion of some additional Project Based Learning ideas. Check out his blog post on the topic here.

One thing that Watson said that really stuck with me was that in PBL teachers focus less on moving towards a project and more on helping students create projects that are moving.

A few things that Watson covered that I think are worth more of my own attention are Tubric and Single Point Rubrics. A Tubric is a hands on physical tube that helps you write Driving Questions for your PBL - seriously click on the link above or here to see and download the template. Single Point Rubrics give students only the criteria for proficiency instead of weighing them down with a bunch of skills. It includes an area for teachers to write concerns and also to give feedback on ways that the student exceeded the standard. I think tools such as these would be a great way to conference with students and would be helpful for providing feedback.

SLAM! A Few of My Favs:)

Active Prompt

SLAM winner Adam Watson shared Active Prompt. In a 1:1 atmosphere, Active Prompt is an easy way to get a reading on how well your class understands the concepts being studied. As a teacher you can upload an image or something like a grid and then ask a question/prompt about that image, and using their devices students drag a marker onto the area of the prompt that best answers the question. Check out the video below to see how it really works.
Activeprompt Introduction

Johnson Elementary Library - Heidi Neltner (Teacher Librarian)