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ECIS Technology Conference 2015 - Sonya terBorg

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Five Classroom Tasks Every Modern Teacher Should Know

  • A great iPad 'app smashing' guide to creating the following:
    A PDF, created from Pages or Word
  • A presentation, delivered in person and as a video.
  • An interactive book
  • A podcast (audio enhanced with still images)
  • A movie
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    Being Digital Isn't Just About Technology

    • Technology should never isolate us
    • Talk less and listen more
    • Enable collaboration
    • "Care for" means more than "Care about"
    • Unlocking passions

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    Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit

    Documenting student learning with mobile technology.

    • Making photos
    • Taking screenshots
    • Filming videos
    • Screencasting

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    25 Essential Questions

    This website generates 25 essential questions (Wiggins and McTighe style) every day on different topics/subject areas. It probably won't magically have the exact questions you are looking for, but it is a great resource for just being exposed to what an essential question looks like and sounds like so you can start crafting questions that matter for your students.

    There is also a whole lot of other Understanding by Design resources including Grant Wiggins blog - add that to your feed reader.

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    Dozens of Essential Questions from a Vital Source

    This is the title of a blog post on the aforementioned Grant Wiggins blog. Go there now, read this post and tell me that the last line doesn't blow your mind (don't skip to the end - read the whole thing first!).

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    The Five Keys to Successful Comprehensive Assessment in Action

    1. Meaningful unit goals and questions
    2. Summative assessment through writing
    3. Performance assessment through presentation and portfolio
    4. Formative assessment and feedback along the way
    5. Student ownership of the assessment process

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    Worksheets or iPads?

    In a 2nd grade math class should you give your kids an iPad or a worksheet?

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    A New Culture of Teaching for the 21st Century

    To maximize the benefits of technological innovation, we need to change the way we think about teaching in K-12 schools.

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    The Invisible iPad

    It is really not about the iPad!

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    5 Big Ways Education Will Change By 2020

    1. Students will interact with others remotely
    2. The success of tech will still rely on skilled teachers
    3. We'll think differently about the diploma
    4. Students will have a voice
    5. Educators and institutions will be forced to adapt

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    The Biggest Mistakes Made When Integrating Technology

    1. Technology being used to substitute an analog activity
    2. Technology use being seen as an add-on to allow students to use devices, the Internet, a program or an app as a reward, for entertainment, as a time filler for students who finish early
    3. Technology use as a separate subject area
    4. Technology as a $1000 pencil initiative
    5. Technology seen as the solution to motivate and engage students

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    School and technology

    Questions To Ask About Ed-Tech At Your Kids' School

    If your school says ...

    "We're raising money so we can put a tablet in the hands of every kid."

    Think about asking questions like ...

      • What training and development resources are you providing to teachers so they can use the devices effectively?
      • Where are you getting the curriculum?
      • What do we know about how successful this curriculum has been in the past?
      • Who's reading the privacy policies on the apps my kids will be using?
      • What percentage of the money you're raising will go toward evaluating the outcomes of the new systems?

    "We're moving toward a blended learning model."

      • Walk me through what my kid's day will look like.
      • How will expectations of my child change?
      • How will expectations of me as a parent change?
      • How will I be able to know what's going on?
      • How will you use information collected outside of the classroom?

    "We want to experiment with a flipped classroom."

      • How are you going to use in-class time if you use video lectures as homework?
      • What are you going to assign out of class?

    "We think games are the way forward. We're going to be using lots of games."

      • What kind of games? What's the actual engagement for kids?
      • What concepts are the games trying to evoke?

    "We're partnering with Google to get coding into our schools, so kids can make tech — not just use it."

      • Why is this right for my kid and this school?
      • What will coding classes do in terms of critical thinking skills that, say, a cooking class wouldn't?

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    Determining Prior Knowledge

    How could you integrate technology into these tasks?

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    If It's Good Enough for Finland...

    One of the countries in the world often hailed for excellence in education is undergoing education reform to bring a higher degree of inquiry, agency, play based learning, collaboration, and co-teaching amongst teachers.

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    Sonya terBorg

    I am an international educator located at the intersection of innovation, creativity and passion – I look forward to meeting you there!

    I have been teaching for 18 years in 7 countries, located in 4 continents. I am passionate about finding a significant opportunity to make a positive change wherever I am working. I enjoy learning more about the challenges and triumphs in education and believe in sharing ideas in order to deepen understanding.

    I am the Learning Technologies Teacher in the Junior School at Munich International School. My job is to work with teachers, teams, and students to integrate technology into our units of inquiry.