Sunday, July 15, 2018

#ISTE Reflection & Shares on Playground Learning

If you’re following along on my reflections and shares from #ISTE18,
thanks for popping back in. I hope you’re able to get some ideas and activities
that you can use this year with your students.

This is the second installment of my reflections on #ISTE18.
You can find my shares from the Poster Sessions by following this link:

You can find my shares on #SeesawConnect conference
by following this link:

Today I’d like to share about one of my favorite type of sessions
offered at this gigantic conference of technology ideas and resources...


There were actually 3 different playground areas that provided conference
participants the opportunity to experiment with different interactive technologies.

I created this eBook using Book Creator to share links, pictures, and
videos of some of my favorite take aways from the playgrounds at ISTE this year!
Hope you find something you can use.
If you have questions, let me know!

Here's the link to this online eBook:

Monday, July 9, 2018

#ISTE18 Reflection and Shares Poster Sessions

Several years ago, I was introduced to the idea of the existence of a
VERY large technology conference by an online group of teachers that were NOT
going to the conference. These teachers, led by
shared a passion for technology integration and learning more ways to
utilize new ideas in their classroom. My first summer of participating
in the Google+ Community of #NOTatISTE sparked a desire
to actually BE at ISTE someday.

Jump ahead to June 2018 and I am finally getting to
#checkthisoffmybucketlist by attending #ISTE18 in Chicago, IL!


This year’s conference (of more than 18,000 attendees), took place at the
massive McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
Thank goodness for maps and wonderful “Ask Me” people posted
in the most convenient places around the building...
it made finding rooms and playground areas so much easier!
According to my iWatch...I walked 15,872 steps for a distance of
6.81 miles on just the first day of the conference alone!
Or should I say #sweat!

And -for the record- this
“car sick getting to the church on the next street” kind of girl
only got mildly sick ONCE on the bus transports to and from the conference.
Thank goodness for essential oils that help keep motion sickness away...
and a person that likes to share ideas and activities they
found during the workshops they attended.

There are several different session types offered during the conference:
Posters, Playgrounds, BYOD, Listen & Learn, Keynote Speeches to name a few.
That was GREATLY appreciated! So….there were no hurt feelings if you moved
onto another session if the session you were in didn’t fit your

As I reflect on the gagillion of ideas and shares wandering through my brain…
I thought it would be most helpful, for me anyway,
to share ideas and activities I learned about in the different types
of sessions rather than day by day...hope that makes sense.
I’ll try my best to link to the different resources when possible.

AND….so this post doesn’t go on forEVER and a day...
I’ll be spreading out my reflections from the different types of
sessions over several posts...
ONE-because- “ain’t nobody got time to read a long post” and
TWO-because- I have a TON of things roaming my brain...
I’ll need to use my “wand to my thoughts to my pensieve” before sharing...
So...Here we go…
Hope you’re able to gather something that might be useful to you!

This was a very large area of the venue where tables were set up
with projects from all over the globe. You could talk with the presenters
one-on-one, in a small group, or just read the poster and
learn about the ideas being shared.

*100 Word Challenge -
Always trying to get more writing into the week.
This might be something to integrate with Seesaw and
let the kids share and comment on each other’s writing...

*Did you know that FlipGrid is now free for teachers?
Beverly Ladd and I want to incorporate them into the
Global Math Task challenges this year,
so this poster session caught my eye.
I like the simple directions posted for the kids to
use as they create their recordings.

Haven't heard about Flipgrid?
Maybe you can scan this QR code and 
find out more :)

*Using the 4 Cs in video creation.

*Using Augmented Reality in the classroom was a theme through
many of the posters.
I’ve dabbled with HP Reveal and Merge Cube with my students.
LOVE both techs...techtalk shared more information about
using them with students in classrooms.
Link to information:

There were sooo very many more posters sessions to explore.
This area was a little more challenging for me to navigate
as it was VERY loud and had a LOT of people all
trying to see information on a small table.
Those who had information posted and rather larger were the tables
I gravitated towards so I could read the information and ask
questions if I had them. Valuable gains made from the different sessions
over the three day trek through technology genius.

That’s it for today!
Stay tuned for the next share...
I’ll be talking about one of my favorite type of learning...
the Playgrounds!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Shares from Seesaw Connect in Chicago #ISTE18

Traveling during the summer to “share the learning” is one of my favorite things to do!

Well...mostly...I love the sharing more than the traveling…
I’m not much on the “traveling part”...
I’d rather be able to twitch my nose and pop to my destination,
but IF you have to do the traveling part, having a
teacher-tech-ready-to-give-it-a-shot traveling companion is THE best!
First stop on this summer’s list of learning was my very first ever Seesaw Conference…
Seesaw Connect took place in Chicago’s ‘Morgan’s on Fulton’ lovely venue.
An older building...3 stops on the L-train...outside of downtown Chicago.
Seesaw organizers used every- single- floor to take advantage of this amazing
building’s space! From the basement to the rooftop, participants were provided
opportunities to connect, share ideas, and get information on topics
they were interested in learning more about!

Take a virtual 360 tour of ‘Morgan’s on Fulton’ using google maps by clicking this link:

The day started off with an Amazing Race that my friend’s team won!
While people were teaming up and racing around,
there were areas set up to “Bling” your name tag and take a group photo…
The photos could be texted to our phones right away! Too cool!

Next we met in the gathering space for the Ignite Sessions
on the second floor! (Where -I might add- I first saw the GOOGLE
office building right next door! What?!?)
Ignite sessions are 5 minutes of jam-packed shares from various teachers,authors, and
creators of Seesaw… They have a limited number of slides to get their “story”
across while speaking.
You can see all the slides and speakers from this link:

Here are some of my favorite takeaways from this part of the day!
Getting to hear from one of the co-founders, Carl Sjogreen,
was a great way to start the day!
Next to speak was Angela Gadtke...which if you’ve ever attended a PD in PJ webinar...
you know the power of Angela. You can connect with her on
And as you work with Seesaw...watching YouTube video
demonstrations or reruns of PDs.

Ann Kozma, powerhouse ambassador for PicCollage, Seesaw, FlipGrid, and
Book Creator as well as an ADE (Apple Distinguished Educator)...
share about #diamontime vs. passing time. more of a CHARGER this year than a drainer!
You can follow along with Ann’s Twitter account:

Sophia Garcia Smith shared about my favorite way to get students commenting the
“right way” on Seesaw with her idea of T-A-G! I enjoyed hearing from her tell
how she not only has the kids practice digital citizenship this way, but also expects a TAG
from the parents. AND...learning that she doesn’t expect kids to do ALL of the
3 letters in one comment was a relief!
Have you heard of TAG before?

#goal get parents more involved in commenting with meaningful
words instead of just hearts and that’s cool remarks this year.
You can follow Sophia on Twitter:

Michelle Flicek shared about how important it is to keep kids “wonder”
alive. You can follow Michelle on Twitter:

Tara Martin shared about being #Realsnap with students.
You can follow Tara on Twitter:

Brenda Morrow reminded us to surround ourselves with
people who are up lifting. You can follow Brenda on Twitter:
Andy Leiser reminded us how important it is to share the everyday
excellences that happen in our classroom.
You can follow Andy on Twitter:

After the ignite sessions were finished, we broke into “job-a-like” breakout sessions.
I had the pleasure of facilitating the Fourth Grade group of teachers.
It was great to be able to share how we used Seesaw in our classrooms as
well as share some resources and suggestions on more ways to use
Seesaw with Science in our rooms.

Lunch was served on the rooftop with areas of shade as well as
sun and beautiful views of the Chicago Cityscape. There were large table
games like Connect Four that make me want to get one for
my classroom to #setthestagetoengage !

After lunch, the breakout sessions began on all four floors.
I was honored to be among the presenters sharing information with the group.
You can find my resource slides by clicking this link:

I had the pleasure of attending this #dyn-O-mite tech specialist’s breakout
on “Unplugged Coding”. It DID.NOT.DISAPPOINT. Can’t wait to try some of
her suggestions for helping kids to learn coding even when not plugged
into a technology device! You can find her shares here:

Seesaw Connect was a wonderful way to start this summer’s travel adventures!
Being able to connect with some of the people in my online PLN was a
definite highlight! #Iheartmakingconnections
Find all the resources from the breakout speakers by clicking this link:

Questions about using Seesaw or Global Math Task in the classroom this year?
Give me a holla! I'm happy to help you #makeconnections

Enjoy your day!