AJEd 013 : iPadpalooza Day Two: Austin, TX June 2015

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In this episode of the Adam Jones Education Podcast, I record the story of iPadpalooza: DAY TWO at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. This episode (13) – and the two other parts in the series (episodes 12 and 14) – represent a departure from my normal interviewing style. What follows is a collection of recordings from sessions, in-between sessions, and my own personal reflections from June 24, 2015. Listed below are my quick notes from the day.

Mini-Keynoteathon
Todd Nesloney
Two words. You Matter.
Angela Maiers one of his inspirations.
Letters to all his students.
You believe in me.

George Couros
The Humanity of the Web
Video with baby on the web right away. Perfect.
Tweetping.net
Ryan gosling not eating cereal.
Gorgeous and sweet.
Access to tech and one another.

Jennie Magiera
Didn’t want kids to fail. Safety net. That’s a problem, though, because the iPad presents a pedagogical shift. More and more student centered. Hard to lead the way.
With great failure comes great learning.
Fail is the first attempt in learning.
Let it go. Hand to help them back up.

Felix Jacimino
Twitter
Time
Online ugliness
Last to the party.
Get on Twitter.
Don’t be the little green birdie.
Come to Twitter (Frozen style) and let your birdie fly.The Tech Rabbi
Connect and share with others.
Revolutionary because of what I can do with it (the tech).
Tech is not just a device. It is the solution to a problem.
Language of the why. Not the how..that is secondary.
Invisible iPad.

Michele Cordy
I hack the classroom and you should too.
Kevin Mitnick. Ghost in the Wire.
Eric S. Raymond manifesto.
Most learning doesn’t come from a need or want.
Needs to starts with as personal itch.
Social engineering. Hack the school photo.
Ecologies of learning
@Cordyb

Richard Wells
Infographics.
Need to stop talking in the classroom.
Men especially.
Kids want you to just talk to them because then they can shut my brain down.
Only 10% remember info.

James Richardson
Buck Lodge school. Maryland
Failing school
1000 iPads.
Exo Labs apps
Great school example with tech examples. Incredible improvement

Amy Mayer
Student engagement
Change is hard
Individualized learning.
Compliance vs. engagement. Learning is a conversation not a test.
Student interest increases when you give them choice.
Engagemeacademy.org

Reshan Richards
Knowing that. Knowing how.
Learning that. Learning how.
Assessing that. Assessing how. (Something was learned)
Photo puppet.
Builder of Explain Everything.
Qualitative formative assessment toolkit
Pics
Screenshots
Videos
Screen casting
#QFAT

Rafranz Davis
Diversity in Edtech
You cannot see what you cannot see
The missing voices in Edtech
Real change is intentional. Can’t leave it up to chance.
They will be what they are allowed to see.

Jenny Magiera
9:45-10:45
bit.ly/ipadgooglefun. Great resource.
It’s not about the device.
Best practices
Looking at the strengths of both.
iPad. User interface. Camera. Mobile and kinesthetic
Google. Collaborative.
Apps
Activities. Great idea to teach and play.
Docugreeting. A photo for them to comment on to start the day.
Photo scanvenger hunt. Shared Google folder. Plus button for adding pictures
Reflector director. All the kids on your screen. No pictures of pictures.
Don’t be overly didactic. A little bit of info….and then let them go.
Beginner of the year staff meetings. Selfie scavenger hunt.
Selfie startup to the day. Showing our thinking differently.
Now that we have a different tool (iPad) combined with collaborate tools (google), how can we do things differently?

George Couros
11:15-12:15
The Changing Shape of Digital Citizenship
Digital Leadership
The smartest person in the room is the room.
The fears of adults prevents kids from connecting in the way they want.
Don’t talk to strangers. Rethink. We need experts in learning. Need to be willing to interact.
Expect to be goggled. What are we doing to help create opportunities for of students?
Context of sharing.
Digital footprint…powerful.
The “one like” kid. Your not there, but your there.
University is not the only option.
How to defend yourself in a fight. Gavin McInnes
I’d rather learn from an astronaut, then a teacher. How are we using our experts?
Kevin Durant video playing flag football.
The networked teacher.
Culture of creation. Students expect not only to learn, but also to teach. Learning in spite of school.
Digital portfolio that goes beyond school.
Beyonce snugglie video.
Teaching using web tools (website). Norway book writing project.
What will you create now that you have the word at your finger prints.
About.me page. Internet cover page. Here is all my stuff.
Do you have a say in your footprint?
#georgetunes
Anything you can say to kids in class…you can share it online.
All about stories in teaching digcit.
Savvy job seekers putting life out in public, taking responsibility. Taking control.
Beverly Pham – about me….pinned an infographic to the top of twitter page. Shes not going looking for jobs…jobs come to her.
Shift in approach.
What does your dig footprint say about you?
Impact on the lives of others. Cyberbullying.
Chrome video about using chat and video to connect.
It Gets Better Project.
Two cars with one arm…finally connecting after having a dig connection for a long time.
Danah Boyd “It’s complicated.” Book.
How social media feeds our neediness
Alex from Target video.
There is no black and white on this stuff…only grey. Need to be in the convo.
#digitalleadership. You have the world at your fingertips, what you are going to do.
Positive, negative, neutral.
Reddit.com
Ewan McIntosh. Martha’s story
Google is the new business card. Professional social network. Digital portfolio. An About.me page Internet cover letter
More opportunity to do more than we had.
Hub network. Bringing students back with older teacher.
I will cherish the impact you have had on my life forever.

Reshan Richards
Explain Everything & the Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit
12:45-1:45p
Started with umbrella to change. Getting hands “dirty.”
Knowing that. Knowing how.
Facts: Declarative knowledge. Imagery. I know that…these things
Knowing how. Procedural. Mechanisms and systems.
5 senses assist in learning that.
knowledge – senses – learning.
Learning that. Learning how.
Assessing that something was learned. Put in front on someone, can you do it? y/n
Assessing how something was learned. Varies greatly by student.
Qualitative formative assessment toolkit
Pics-Videos
Screenshots-Screen casting
Simple tools can make for a powerful reflection of assessing how something was learned.

Todd Nesloney
2:15-3:15
PBL, grades and Principal stories
the3techninjas.org. Consulting website. All the resources.
Webb Elementary. West Texas.
Principal Lead Learner.
Nothing about instruction had changed…just added videos. Flipped.
10 mins is max on flipped classroom video.
Leave mistakes in the video. One take. Move on.
Todd Nesloney You Tube with all flipped class vids.
Sophia housing of videos.
iTunesU housing of videos.
Screencastomatic
Camtasia
Create a classroom where you are no longer in control.
Good to have multiple upload places where your content is so there aren’t any excuses.
WSQ 2-3 night a week videos.
Watch. when and where.
Summary.
Question.
Groups of 4-5 sharing summaries and answering questions. Kids that didn’t watch sat in the back with worksheets.
Buck Institue for PBL.
3 question limit as a group.
Why are you doing that? Want to understand your thinking.
No rubrics.
Frameworks. Here is the beginning. Here are the resources. Here is the end.
He assigned them in groups. Working with people you don’t like.
Everything is based in questions. Never overly directive.
Timelines are tough. Hard to figure out ahead of time.
Groups allowed to talk between groups.
Math Fair experience. True learning. Memories last in emotional experiences.
School lunch change.
Lots and lots of quizzes throughout (formative assessment), and then pulled the kids that needed help in small groups.
#flipclass #pbl #pblchat
Ignorance vs. defiance.

Guy Kawasaki
3:30-4:30
Tech speakers suck and they go long.
Innovators ignore naysayers (loser or winner bozo)
Customers can’t tell you want to do. They have a limited framework
Innovation happens on the next curve.
Design counts
Big challenges beget big changes.
Democratizing computers, info and design
Less is more.
Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence.
Value isn’t the same thing as price.
A players higher A+ players.
Marketing equals unique value.
Some things need to be believed to be seen.
If you want to write. Brenda Ueland.
Influence. Robert B. Cialdini
Default to yes.
I know you’d do the same for me.
Here’s how you can help me.
***I have the full audio if anyone is interested in hearing the full speech.

AJEd 012 : iPadpalooza Day One: Austin, TX June 2015

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In this episode of the Adam Jones Education Podcast, I record the story of iPadpalooza: DAY ONE at Westlake High School in Austin, TX. This episode (12) – and the two other parts in the series (episodes 13 and 14) – represent a departure from my normal interviewing style. What follows is a collection of recordings from sessions, in-between sessions, and my own personal reflections from June 23, 2015. Listed below are my quick notes from the day.

Adam Bellow Keynote
9:00-10:30a
Edtech has changed rapidly.
Missing the point if we only focus on the front third of the room.
Need for PD to accompany tech. Time to try and practice. Critical.
Innovation is not the same thing as iteration.
We are from their future.
What do we learn it this way?
Consumption vs. Creation. Eating vs. cooking.
Pooplist app
Hold on app
GarageBand
Telegrami
Canva
Morphi
ScartchJr
Lightbot
PixelPress. Floors. Wow.
Video. “The reader.” The heart of what it’s like to be a learner. Intrinsic.
Fear of failure gets in our way.
Tickle app to program and fly a little drone (Parrot Spider).
Live life in beta.
News papers on train picture. Tech isn’t making us antisocial.
Smule app
French Girls app
Use the tool that fits the use and the user.
Differntiation of creation.
App Review Committee. Start meetings with this.
Teacherprenuer
Zaption app
Shift from control to empowerment.
What can you create and share with you students.

Katie Ann Wilson
10:45-11:45
Seeing a different kind of reality
katieannwilson.com
Quiver
Chromville
Color Alive
NASA Spacecraft 3d
Time traveler App
International DOT day.
Free and printable targets are available on her website. Lots of content. Lesson plans.
Elements 4D
Making your own triggers. Daqri4D studio. Layar. Blippar. AugThat. Aurasma

Adam Bellow
12:15-1:15
Sosumi-design matters. Building Apps
Making a sign-in screen
Good exercise to start with what would the logo be? Or what would be on the first screen.
Walking through the basics of Educlipper.
Uxarchive.com
Keynotopia. Discount code: edu2015key
Balsamic
Less is more.
Add functionality slowly
Onboard appropraitely
Listen to users
Share
Swift for coding.
Github.com for coding info and support.
Mock up in keynote

TechRabbi-Michael Cohen
1:45-2:45
The Invisible iPad
Beautiful slide presentation
Art and Design
Desire to communicate
Multimedia Learning Theory – Richard Mayer
Focusing on the why and not the how.
Why needs to be established.
Technology as a connector.
Is it worth it to be so connected? This is not a new thing.

Vicki Ventura and Terrice Schneider
1:45-2:45
Weird, Wireless, Fun PD
Envisionedconsulting.com
Todaysmeet.com/weird
Personal Plan for PD
Discuss brain research to boost PD
What not to do.
How to have a successful PD when you are low.
Check the notes and the online presentation on their website.

Meghan Zigmond and Sue Gorman
3:15-4:15
Students + Sketchnotes = Amplfied Learning
Meghan Zigmond and Sue Gorman
bit.ly/StudentSketches
Just a fun way to capture notes and stay interested.
Make spontaneous marks to help yourself think.
@karlyb is a great resource.
Doodling can actually increase information and recall. Sunni Brown. The Doodle Revolution.
Create a culture. Demonstrate.
Excitement and Encouragement
Tools and choice.
Make them apart of your materials.
Learn and record together
Demo sketching activity
Rachel Smith…TED Talk.
Perfect is the enemy of the done.
Sketchbook express App. Sketch a face.
Tayasui Sketches
Doc Scan App
Cosmonaut stylus
Paper 53

AJEd 011 : Lisa Johnson: Comprehensive Communicator, Trusted Curator and EdTech Pollinator

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In this episode of the Adam Jones Education Podcast, I talk with Lisa Johnson (@TechChef4U) about communication, curation and EdTech pollination. Comprehensive and thoughtful, Lisa shares her approach to work and philosophy on learning.

Show notes:

Upcoming professional development:
TCEA 2015
TLA 2015
IPADPALOOZA 2015
MIAMI DEVICE 2015

AJEd 009 : Xiao Mei: Shangri-la, China Headmistress and progressive educator

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Overview:

Proctor Academy sent me and another colleague to Yunnan Province during the first two weeks of March. Our goals were to explore the possibility of an experiential summer trip (July 2015) and a semester long program (Fall 2016). Among other aspects of our trip, we spent time living with Xiao Mei in a home stay environment in Shangri-la. She was kind, welcoming and full of wisdom. I was eager to get her views on education! One evening after dinner we sat down together (with a translator), poured some tea, turned on the audio recorded and talked for a couple hours about education.

Interview Questions: (loose starting points…)

  • My perception (as an American) is the Chinese system is all about teaching to the test. Is this true?  What are you doing to educate the whole student in your school?
  • What does your classrooms look like in design? Teaching practice/approach/physical space?
  • What kind of technology (if any) are you utilizing in the classroom?
  • Do you want more technology in the classroom (similar to bigger cities like Shanghai) or would you want to keep it more basic?
  • What are your perceptions of American schools?
  • What skills do your students need to be successful in the globalized world?
  • How do we design schools to unlock student creativity?
  • What do you think about a Proctor China Program focused around the experiential mode?
  • What draws you to being a teacher?
  • You have a 19 year old son that you sent away (at 8 years old) to boarding school in India. Are you grateful or regretful for that decision?

This episode of the Adam Jones Education Podcast is sponsored by the Miami Device Learning Event – November 12-13, 2015.

500 words

A mentor once told me, “just start with 500 words. Anything longer gets in your head and prevents you from getting your ideas down.” That little bit of gold has been ringing in my head for two months.

I compose 500 words in my head everyday – its finding the time to write them down that consistently proves to be a challenge. Sometimes I sneak to the bathroom – for a moment of pure, unbroken focus – to jot 200 words down.

Time is such a precious commodity. I love to learn. I love to create. I love to explore. I love being with my family. I love my job. The only problem is time. I have a tendency to run myself into the ground following my passions. Often, the process produces more energy – mysteriously, but in the end I crash.

Sometimes I can fly for four weeks – up early, to bed late…thinking, creating, exploring – but it always catches up with me.  For instance, at the end of March, the flu sidelined me for two weeks after two weeks in China researching a future experiential program and a week at DisneyWorld riding fiberglass elephants 25 feet off the ground. In early April, when I started to feel competent again – and re-connected with all my projects – I couldn’t believe the momentum needed to jumpstart my life.

It felt like violently yanking on the engine rope of a push lawnmower. Out of breath. Hot in the shoulder. Unsure. Impossible. Wondering – does the tank have gas? Why am I cutting the lawn again?

As an edtech integration dude, I spend my days creatively problem solving with my colleagues. We talk curriculum. We co-teach. I try to remember who the person on Twitter was that said that thing about something related to our spark. It is wonderful. I am happily pulled in multiple directions to work on exciting developments at my school. It is everything I want to be doing in this space, but it is more than a full time job. I carry guilt about not being able to do enough to move things along faster.

My boys are getting older and I love making movies with them. A couple Sundays ago, I packed up all my cameras and tripods and we had an afternoon shooting film. We talked about camera angles. We talked about telling stories. We played in the sand.

And after they went to bed, I descended into the land of editing film – which I adore. That is where the story actually gets told. Ideas are great, but everyone has ideas. Its all about the execution. I think Casey Neistat taught me that.

Its not really a matter of prioritizing my passions. Its just that I have too many. That is one of the downsides of loving to learn – I get wrapped up in so many projects because I can’t help myself. I am curious. Its all just too much fun. Meanwhile the dishes and the laundry pile up. And I start thinking – when did I last shower? Will people realize I’ve been wearing the same pants for days?

And perhaps the most exciting development of the last 3-4 months is my growth as a classroom teacher. I have been questioning the validity and usefulness (for learning) in assigning numerical grades. And everything else that starts to crumble with that shift in thinking. Wondering about what curriculum designed for this century means. How to design learning models that put the students at the center of their own messy inquiry. How to build in the time to give feedback and teach reflection.

I have been running ‘learning experiments’ in my classroom since the beginning of December – trying to figure out what works for real learning. I want my students to grow and I want to be able to measure it – to point to it and say, “see, that’s cool….you learned something. Now what are you going to do with it?”

So much to share. It has been awesome. I am working on a guest post for Starr Sackstein’s blog (that was due weeks ago) which will be a first attempt at putting some of these ideas into words.

And Baseball season is in full swing. 30 games in.

Oh brother…it is so wonderful.

And the Podcast. Oh yes…my newest love. Lots more coming soon…

AJEd 008 : Susan Bearden: founder of Tweechme app; co-moderator of #edtechchat and #digcit

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In this episode of the Adam Jones Education Podcast, I chat with Technology Director Susan Bearden of Melbourne, FL. We talk about her approach to EdTech training, the value of a growth mindset in education and how awesome Twitter is for connecting!  She is the co-moderator of #edtechchat (8p EST) Monday; and #digcit (2nd and 4th Weds @7p EST). I met Susan (like a lot of awesome edtech people, at Miami Device in November. I was a participant in one of the sessions that she led on “Building Blocks for BYOD Success.”  She is kind, open minded and a fantastic resource for anyone learning in this field.

Notes:
(…this is an experiment…sharing “less” polished notes to see if this is more helpful for people…Let me know!)

Technology Director at Holy Trinity Ep. Academy, Melbourne, FL
Independent School.
Preschool-12
870 students
Close to Kennedy Space Center
Two campus – 30 minutes apart.

Former music teacher (8yrs. in public schools) – strings and orchestra

Tech management from a teacher perspective.
Not the digital police department.

Why that focus in your approach?
Hard to understand teaching without having done it.
Can relate to classroom management and things going wrong from the tech side.

Important to communicate the “why” behind a technical decision.

How to get teachers to buy-in?
Meet them where they are.
Help to ease the fear.
Use former teachers as your trainers…you know, the people people.
1-1 differentiated support. Teachers love a wing-man.
Ongoing support.
Focus on building relationships.

“A lot of reluctance in EdTech is fear.”

Head of Lower School at Trinity – “I would rather have a really good educator with a solid background in pedagogy who knows how to build relationships with students and is a reluctant technology user than a whiz-bang fluent user of technology but maybe not as good a professional educator.”

Using tech to enhance and extend what is already happening.
Students can be a starting point. It’s okay.  Let them help you when you fail!

Key to have a growth mindset.
“We are asking our students to step outside their comfort zones everyday. Why should we expect anything less of ourselves? We need to be role modeling for our students.”

It’s okay to not know all the answers.
It is empowering for the kids to take the role of teacher, helping teacher.

It is tough when teachers take a learned helplessness position: “If i can’t do everything, than i mine as well do doing.”
Small early successes help to build confidence to move forward.

Twitter changed my life.
Opened up my mind.
Before twitter, I didn’t understand what the possibilities where. Now i am aware.
Basic understanding of the tools that are out there. Powerful way to learn and connect.
Use to keep abreast of Edtech developments, make connections, help other teachers in her school.

Tweechme app.
Teaches educators how to use twitter.
All levels of expertise can benefit from the app.

Upcoming Professional Development
CoSN Conference, Atlanta
ISTE
FETC
Miami Device

Contact:
@s_beardon
@tweechmeapp
google+ and linkedin: susan m. bearden
slideshare: slideshare.net/susanmbearden

AJEd 007 : James Sturtevant: Author of “You’ve Gotta Connect”

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In this episode of the Adam Jones Education Podcast, I chat with veteran educator and author, James Sturtevant of the Big Walnut High School (a suburban institution with 1200 students) in Columbus, OH. We talk about his teaching philosophy revolving around building lasting bonds with his students. The central tenants of his paradigm shifting practice are compassion, patience and dropping the ego. James has been teaching for 30 years – primarily in history. At the start of the podcast he says, “Interactions with my students fuel me.” And that pretty much set the direction for the rest of the conversation. His book, You’ve Gotta Connect was published in March of 2014.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What James’ believes teachers want for their students:
    • Do well on standardized tests
    • Succeed at the college level
    • Compete with young people around the world
    • Be happy
  • John Hattie’s book, Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning
    • This book provides a list of the 138 influences on student learning/performance. Student-teacher relationships is very high on the list. James and I discuss the implication of this reality, and how powerful a leverage point it can be for learning.

      1. Student Self-evaluation
      11. Student-teacher relationships
      19. Teacher Professional Development
      32. Socio-economic status of the learner
      74. Principles and school leaders
      107. Class size
      138. Student mobility

  • Elizabeth Green’s book, Building a Better Teacher
  • In order to connect with students, educators need to:
    • Approach students with compassion
    • Be able to take their students’ perspectives
    • Figure out what they can and cannot control
    • Analyze their frustrations
    • AVOID sarcasm at all costs. It is poisonous
  • We talk about setting healthy boundaries with students. Namely:
    • Don’t befriend your students on social media
    • Don’t post anything on social media that you wouldn’t post in your classroom

jamesalansturtevant.com
@jamessturtevant
pjsturtevant@gmail.com

AJEd 006 : Sue Houston: Proctor Academy and relationship-based pedagogy

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Arriving at Proctor Academy in 1989, Sue has taught a variety of courses in the Science Department. She currently teaches 52 students in chemistry and climate science. Sue is open-minded, enthusiastic and focused on creating a safe and supportive environment for her students. When asked what makes Proctor a special place she said, “We try to take care of each individual kid and make sure that each kid has an educational experience that helps them grow.”

Originally opposed to the integration of technology in her classroom, Sue has changed course entirely and relishes the opportunity to experiment and be a beginner. For instance, she told her students at the start of the term, “This device is your portal into the whole world of climate science. Climate science isn’t happening in our classroom. There are scientists doing climate science all over the world. And how do we access their work and insights? Through our devices. Computer, iPad, smartphone.”

The role of the teacher is shifting. “My role is to guide and coach. Integrating technology has forced me to fundamentally reconsider how I teach. I assist in setting the scene. I help establish a nurturing environment. Sometimes we start with a question. It’s not about transmitting knowledge. I graduated college in the 80s, so my knowledge is out of date!” Sue’s point is the landscape of education is changing. Content is content. Teachers don’t need to be content experts. But it is increasingly becoming our job to teach students HOW to learn something. With access to endless information, our evolving curriculums need to spend time teaching discernment, interpretation and curation.

One of the most effective examples of Sue’s integration of technology has been her redesign of the standard chemistry lab with Notability on the iPad. Students start the process by downloading the lab document from Proctor’s LMS, myProctor. They open the file in Notability and input information (graphs, charts, pictures, text) throughout the class period. When her students are nearing the end of their work – and looking for feedback – they send the document to Sue and she is able to provide constructive feedback on the actual document, and send it right back. Sue has not only substituted a paper version for a digital version, but she has also enabled her students’ creativity and ability to collaborate in ways that weren’t possible before. Additionally, the feedback cycle is quicker and more varied.

Sue loves neuroscience. A scientist by training and intuition, Sue is always searching for ways to leverage what researchers know about the brain to enhance the learning environment. “The emotional state of the learner is huge. As teachers, we need to establish learning environments that are safe, calming, supportive and welcoming. When asked how she accomplishes this goal on a regular basis she said, “if you are overt with your care of the kids, they will emulate the love in the room.”

Two other essential components of Sue’s mindset towards learning are: don’t blame the learner when connections aren’t being made; and make sure the learning “bites” are the appropriate size. On that point she says, “we need to be patient with our students. You can only attach a new idea on a previously established idea. That’s just the way the brain is wired.” Further, “kids are motivated out of human relationships. It is who we are as social primates. Most kids are motivated to try because they like the people around them, and they feel supported and cared for.”

Sue’s Learning Goals for the next twelve months:

  • Continuing to look for ways that “my students and I can both extract ourselves from the training we’ve had beaten into us – the traditional paradigm. Namely, the teacher as the deliverer of knowledge and the student as the passive recipient. It’s the current that we are swimming in all the time.”
  • “Trying to figure out how to empower kids to be excited about, and in charge of, their own learning.
  • Puzzling out “how to empower kids that haven’t felt successful in school their whole life. This is especially challenging now because not only do I want them to learn, but also figure out what they want to learn. And sometimes that can be too much for most of those kids.”

Sue Houston is a dynamic educator – and a Proctor gem! She recently started blogging as a means to reflect on her teaching practice and just share what is on her mind. She has a lot to say! “Blogging has helped me clarify what I believe. And when you write something down in a public space you are committed to it and need to walk the talk.” A superintendent in an Iowa school system came across some of Sue’s posts and made them required reading for all the teachers in his district! We are lucky to have her at Proctor!

Sue’s Education Blog
Proctor Academy Science Department
houstonsu@proctoracademy.org
Facebook: Sue Houston

AJEd 005 : Felix Jacomino – Founder of Miami Device Learning Event

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In this session of the Adam Jones Education Podcast, I chat with Felix Jacomino – founder of the Miami Device Learning Event, and Director of Technology at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School in Coconut Grove, FL. I had the privilege of meeting Felix in November as a participant at the inaugural Miami Device. He is down to earth, direct, enthusiastic and fully committed to supporting systems that produce learning.

In this episode:

  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School educational technology evolution.
    • Head of School: Silvia Larrauri (@silvialarrauri)
    • Tech Innovators:
      • Inge Wassmann (@ingewassmann)
      • Jenny Diaz (@jennyd28)
      • Nerissa Stirup (@narissateaches)
  • Questions about EdTech tools almost always point to questions about pedagogy.
  • Some of Felix’s ideas for new schools:
    • Rethink standardized testing.
    • Rethink grouping kids by age.
    • Rethink how we’d grade students, if at all.
    • Creating conditions where students could fail and learn without fear.
  • Miami Device is a learning event – not a technology conference. Important distinction with the correct emphasis.”
    • 2015 Keynotes: Adam Bellow (@adambellow) and Angela Miers (@AngelaMaiers)
  • Felix’s EdTech Heroes:
    • Kathy Schrock (@kathyschrock)
    • Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent)
    • Carl Hooker (@mrhooker)
    • Lisa Johnson (@TechChef4u)
    • Jon Samuelson (@jonsamuelson) formerly @ipadsammy
    • Greg Garner (@classroom_tech)
    • George Couros (@gcouros)
    • Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher)
    • Kyle Pace (@kylepace)
    • Holly Clark (@HollyClarkEdu) and Tanya Avrith (@TanyaAvrith) (EduSlam Podcast)
    • Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby)
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