Currently, I am attending the EdJEWcon conference at our school, MJGDS. (follow us on twitter #edjewcon) We have educators from all over the world joining us to teach, reflect, and share. It’s been a fabulous experience so far. Today, I enjoyed listening to Chris Lehmann, who is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy. I was completely amazed and inspired by everything he had to say. His entire philosophy of education is everything I aspire to be. So far, the highlight of the conference for me was watching seven of my students teach a session called “Speed Geeking,” modeled after the well known “Speed Dating.” These students volunteered to become the teachers and SHARE different technology tools, answer educators’ questions and showcase their own learning. They each spoke for 5 minutes before their group moved on to the next “Geek” station. The educators rotated to all seven stations, and were taught tools that these students use regularly and effectively in school.
- Creating a QR code
- Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
- Using the app Pixie
- Using the app Skitch
- Creating a movie using iMovie
- Using Frames 5
- Writing a quality comment
Tomorrow I will be presenting with Mike Fisher on our collaborative efforts to create a book based on some kids’ poems that Mike Fisher wrote. My students have illustrated the poems, and next, we will be publishing them, selling them and creating a marketing plan around our work. This is authentic learning! I will be sharing more soon.