Learning About Wellness from David Mochel

Today was our February professional development day at school, and David Mochel (@ApplyAttention) was our presenter on”Mindful Self-Regulation – The Practice of Wellbeing & Lifelong Learning.” David’s TEDx talk from 2016, “What Are You Practicing Right Now?” is excellent and overlapped quite a bit with messages he shared with our faculty and staff this morning and afternoon.

As I’m now generally accustomed to do, I shared tweets on my main main professional Twitter channel (@wfryer) during the presentation today as David shared recommended books or made compelling points. This evening I created my first “Twitter Moment” with those tweets, which is very similar to a Storify archive. (Sadly, Storify has gone offline and is going to delete all old archives in May 2018.)

Check out some of my takeaways from today’s PD workshop with David in the Twitter moment I’ve embedded below. These themes of wellness, self-regulation and well being are SO important, and I found the messages both valuable and helpful today.

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Podcast459: Highlights from OETC 2018

This podcast features three different recordings from the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, which was held in Columbus, Ohio, February 12-14, 2018. The first is an interview with high school students who have learned how to create interactive games using Scratch software. They also have created DIY game controllers using the MakeyMakey and supplies like tin foil, cardboard, alligator clips, play dough, and bananas. The second interview is with high school senior Arthur Bodenschatz, who is part of the broadcast journalism team in North Canton City Schools, Ohio. Arthur and his classmates use an amazing “mobile storyteller” converted RV to conduct professional quality interviews at events like the Ohio educational technology conference. The third interview is Arthur’s interview of me at OETC, in which he asked me about my reasons for becoming a teacher and technology director, the pace of technological change in our society, and a few other topics. Two of these three recordings are also available as videos on YouTube and Vimeo, which are linked in the podcast shownotes. In addition to these three recordings, a few reflections on some additional highlights of OETC 2018 are included. These focus on Eric Curts’ (@ericcurts) 3 hour workshop “Write Right with Google Tools: Improving Writing in all Subjects,” Todd Beard’s (@teacherbeard) session on Minecraft for Education, and Apple Education’s workshop on updates to iOS 11. Please refer to the podcast shownotes for links to referenced resources, as well as a raft of Wes’ tweets from OETC 2018 sharing additional tips and links from sessions. (Since Storify is going offline and doesn’t support the creation of new Twitter archives, this blog post will hopefully serve that function to archive these learning takeaways.

Shownotes:

  1. Subscribe to Moving at the Speed of Creativity Podcasts
  2. Follow Wes Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  3. The EdTech Situation Room Podcast (@edtechSR)
  4. Eric Curts on Twitter: @ericcurts
  5. Generate random student writing prompts with emojis!” (using a Google Sheet and script) by @ericcurts
  6. Google Drawings for Graphic Organizers by @ericcurts
  7. Rhyme Finder Google Add-On via @ericcurts
  8. Read & Write for Google Chrome (extension and free/paid service)
  9. Language Tool Add-on for Google Chrome via @ericcurts
  10. Highlight The Music – Google Docs add-on via @ericcurts
  11. Writeful (Thesaurus Google Extension) via @ericcurts
  12. Addressing student cheating in Google Apps by @ericcurts
  13. Hour webinar by @ericcurts“Fantastic Feedback Tools for Google Docs”
  14. Sample comment banks for writing feedback by via
  15. Recommended touch-screen enabled Chrome laptop: Acer Chromebook Spin 11 via @ericcurts
  16. Playback a Google Doc’s revision history with the free extension “Draftback” via @ericcurts
  17. Create basic/simple student writing / project rubrics with WriQ Google Add-On via @ericcurts
  18. Create more customized writing project rubrics “Orange Slice Teacher Rubric Add-on for Docs” via @ericcurts
  19. Todd Beard on Twitter: @teacherbeard
  20. Video: OETC 2018: The Casady School- Dr Wesley Fryer
  21. Video: The Mobile Storyteller of North Canton City Schools, Ohio

 

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Inspired by Innovative OKCPS Teachers and Students at Arthur Elementary School

Arthur Elementary School (@Arthurokcps) in Oklahoma City Public Schools (@okcps) is one of just 114 schools nationwide participating in Apple’s ConnectED program. Every teacher and student at Arthur Elementary has an iPad tablet computer. This is the third year of the project, and yesterday teachers, students and administrators hosted an open house at Arthur to showcase how iPads are becoming part of “normal classroom routines” to help students learn, grow, and become contributing members of our Oklahoma City community. Dr. Rhonda Schroeder (@rhondaschroeder) is the principal at Arthur Elementary, and her leadership as well as vision for learning is a key ingredient in the successful story of twenty-first century education which continues to unfold at Arthur.

After a brief welcome from Dr. Schroeder, all the visitors yesterday to Arthur Elementary were invited to explore the building and see student learning in action in different classrooms! Here are some of the highlights from my visit and observations.

Different Digital Ways to Show What Students Know

When I visited Mrs. Powell’s third grade classroom, students were presenting video projects they recently finished about the life cycle of plants. I watched three student presentations, and while each student had used the iMovie for iOS app to create their project, each student made their project in a different way to “show what they know.” I love this! Encouraging and supporting students to “show what they know with media” is a key ingredient of effective and ENGAGING digital learning. Using iMovie for iOS, each third grader explained the plant life cycle in a different way:

  1. By creating a narrated slideshow
  2. By recording “selfie-video” clips explaining the steps in the cycle, and following up each clip with a photo of that plant growth stage
  3. By creating “an iMovie Trailer” of the key stages of the cycle

After each student presented their project to the class, wirelessly mirroring their iPad screen to a classroom projector using an AppleTV, fellow students used Google Classroom to quickly access a teacher-created, online feedback form. They used that Google Form to provide feedback to each classmate via several multiple choice questions as well as an open answer feedback question. This is a technique I used back in 2011 teaching the “Technology for Teachers” course for undergraduates at the University of Central Oklahoma, and it was wonderful to see third graders in OKCPS using the same feedback strategy yesterday!

Hands-on Learning Was Everywhere

High quality learning experiences are not defined by access to technology, but rather by the high level of engagement shown by students. In line with this philosophy, I saw multiple classrooms of students and teachers at Arthur Elementary yesterday engaged in hands-on learning! First grade students were conducting experiments using colored water, plastic syringes and tubes, learning about air pressure and volume. Other students were making floam (foam and slime) in a classroom center, while other students at other centers were using the iPad app Toontastic to create and read their own animated cartoons.

Seesaw Learning Journals and QR Codes Making Student Digital Work Accessible

The engagement of students at Arthur Elementary in their learning with digital tools was not only visible in their classrooms, it was also visible everywhere in the hallways of the school! I loved seeing photos and QR code links to student projects using Seesaw. Seesaw is a platform for student learning journals, which we have been using at our school the past three years. I believe Seesaw is one of the most powerful digital tools available today for engaging parents, students and teachers in deeper conversations about learning both inside and outside the classroom. It was great to see Seesaw, as well as Google Classroom, in use by students and teachers at Arthur. It was also great to see QR code links to student project videos using Google Drive. I used the i-Nigma app on my iPad to scan some of these QR Codes. One of the student projects I watched was an iMovie trailer video about the history of the Comanche Tribe. Again, it warmed my heart to not only see how students are using images, video and text to create media-rich representations of their learning at Arthur Elementary, but also to see how these digital creations are being shared directly with parents (via Seesaw) as well as the school community walking the hallways of the school.

Flipgrid Videos Used for Visitor Feedback

One of the very progressive uses of technology I saw and experienced at Arthur Elementary yesterday involved the use of Flipgrid. Arthur Elementary teachers and administrators created some Flipgrids in advance of the open house, and posted QR codes outside classrooms and in provided handouts to visitors. Visitors were invited to not only introduce themselves, but also provide specific feedback to the students and teachers whose classrooms they observed. This was great! This is a feedback strategy for educators in other schools to keep in mind and possibly copy for similar open house events.

More Oklahomans Need to Know About Learning Innovation at Arthur Elementary!

I was very inspired to spend time with the students and teachers at Arthur Elementary, and walked away wanting even more Oklahomans (as well as others outside our state) to know about the innovative as well as courageous learning happening within the walls of Arthur! Change is difficult, but it is clear from a brief visit to Arthur Elementary that the educators as well as students there are embracing the positive opportunities which digital tools can provide.

Thank you, Arthur teachers and students, for opening your classrooms to our wider community yesterday! You inspired and challenged us all to think about the ways we can stretch and grow to make classroom learning in 2018 even more engaging and meaningful for everyone!

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The Mobile Storyteller of North Canton City Schools, Ohio

Today at the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, I was interviewed following my breakout session by a the amazing student broadcast journalism team from North Canton City Schools, Ohio. After their interview of me, I turned the camera and microphone around (using my iPad) and documented a short tour of the AMAZING “Mobile Storyteller” production studio they have been using the past two years. Many thanks to Arthur B, who interviewed me and graciously allowed me to video him for this tour and interview.

According to their Mobile Storyteller website (www.nctvstorytellers.org):

The Mobile Storyteller student service learning project is a product of North Canton City Schools video – journalism programs and the NCtv educational television station. This project redirects students back into their community to find ways that effectively connect people through digital storytelling and archiving.

Check out the video! It’s 2 minutes and 11 seconds long. As a Storychaser since 2007, I found this student team and their resources for sharing digital stories remarkable!

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Security, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship (February 2017)

Today in Columbus, Ohio, I shared a breakout session at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC) titled, “Security, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship.” The description was:

As video surveillance, social media sharing of personal information, identity theft and publicized hacks of businesses have become daily norms, how can we best protect ourselves, our families and our organizations? Why is privacy an important right we need to defend instead of give up? What roles should teachers play in educating students, parents, and our communities about these issues?

I used my iPad and the free app “Voice Record Pro” to record an audio-only version of the presentation, which ran 61 minutes. It’s available on YouTube and embedded below.

That recording does NOT include synchronized slides, but you can use the Google Slide deck embedded below to both view the slides and click links to referenced videos, articles, and other resources. Both my opening keynote at the conference yesterday (“Sparking Conversations About Digital Citizenship”) and this session’s slides are linked on my OETC 2018 handouts page.

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Inspired by Ohio Student Interactive Scratch Games

I’m presenting and attending at the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus today and tomorrow, and this afternoon I stopped by the poster sessions outside the vendor hall. I met several different Ohio high school students who have been learning to create interactive games using the free Scratch programming language and MakeyMakey controllers. This is very interesting to me for several reasons, including the fact that my wife (@sfryer) and I are co-leading an after-school Scratch coding club for older elementary students at our school in Oklahoma City this semester.

Today I recorded an eight minute audio interview with the students at OETC 2018 from Upper Sandusky High School (@upperschools), in which they explained some of the games they have created and the coding they have learned in this introductory high school programming class. I posted the audio interview as a video on YouTube. I recorded and created this video on my iPad using the free app Voice Record Pro. I uploaded it over the conference wifi using the iOS YouTube app, and also published several photos from their poster session to a Flickr album with the iOS Flickr app. I obtained permission from the students to conduct the audio interview, take their photos, and share this media online. I’m excited to amplify this conversation!

Here are the links to the student Scratch channels described in this audio interview. The students are working on verifying their Scratch accounts via email so the projects can be publicly shared, so if you don’t see them now check back later as I suspect they’ll be active soon!

  1. scratch.mit.edu/users/abraszek_i/
  2. scratch.mit.edu/users/lambert_a/

I was also able to visit (but not audio interview) Douglas who created a basic flying cat game in Scratch, and was also presenting at the OETC 2018 poster session.

This simple game controller, using a MakeyMakey, cardboard, and foil, is one of the things I’m most excited about and am going to take back our elementary Scratch Club students.

Having a simple, DIY way to create an interactive game controller like this is fantastic. What student, interested in video games, would not be engaged by this?

I also love how the interactive game coding these high school students are doing appeals to both girls and boys. This is SO important. Dr. Mitch Resnick (@mres), head of the Scratch Team (@scratch) at MIT, likes to say “Scratch is a programming environment with a low bar and a high ceiling.”

Among other things, for me this means students can experience “quick victories” with coding where they are able to see and share the results of their efforts pretty fast. Certainly it’s important for students to eventually be introduced to more complex coding languages and projects, but what a great way to start with interactive Scratch games!

I can’t wait to share some of these interactive games and MakeyMakey powered controllers with our Scratch Club students back in Oklahoma City!

Follow along with our Scratch Coding experiences this year and link to other Scratch resources I’ve shared in the past:

  1. Our Spring 2018 Scratch Club resource page
  2. Resources for Oklahoma City area Scratch Camps and Scratch Day events sponsored by The Div (@thedivorg) in Edmond
  3. My elementary STEM Curriculum resource page for Scratch

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