K12 PD Online Responses

Session 1:
2009 Preconference Keynote: Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence, and the Future of Education.
Google Presentation

Session 2:
Bridging the Divide 2009
Engaging Our Youngest Minds by Angela Maiers
Passion Glog

Session 3:
Bridging the Divide 2009
Nurturing the 21st Century History Teacher
by Tom Daccord
Pixon comic

Session 4:
Bridging the Divide
Kicking it up a notch
Heroic Journey Project
By Kevin Hodgson

Heroic Journey review

Summary: This teacher created a geography/creative writing assignment using the tools: Google Maps and the Picasa website so that his students could create their own Odyssey like tales after reading The Lightning Thief and a graphic novel based on the Odyssey. Students had to be able to plot a journey on google maps embedding in text boxes describing their adventures (and creatures they met) and links to art they had done and saved on Picasa. Furthermore, he created a slide show/comic to hook his students in as he explained the project.
Professional Development/Classroom Use: I saw so many ways I could borrow from his ideas in my fifth grade class.
  • Fairy Tale Unit: My class does a fairy tale unit and examines fairy tales from all over the world. We could use Google Maps to plot the origins of the tales and link the similar ones together. We could also illustrate these tales and embed the artwork into our own maps. Students could also write their own traveling fairy tales and plot them on the maps similarly to how his students did for their creative writing pieces.
  • Civil War Unit: Students could write journal entries from the point of view of soldiers, drummer boys, etc. as they progressed geographically through different battles. We could also plot the geographical journies of the war and embed pictures and links describing major events in the war.
  • Westward Expansion: Again, students could plot the exploration out west, pick and choose various sites and write from the perspective of the settlers, Native Americans, even from the point of view of a non-living object that has been personified.
  • Geography: Create a scavenger hunt on Google Maps for the kids to race through to the finish. They would have to respond to teacher embedded text and answer brain teasers, etc. to get the clue of where to go next
  • Clearly one would need to spend considerable time familiarizing oneself with Google Maps, etc. However, the author of this presentation had a great slide-show explaining how to use the Google Map tools.
  • How interactive can it be for those looking at a map created by someone else?
  • Could you do this in conjunction with another class in another part of the world?

Session 5: Parental Engagement in the 21st Century: Leveraging Web 2.0 tools to engage parents in non-traditional ways by Lorna Costantini & Matt Montague
Presentation Link
2008 Kicking It Up A Notch
Parental Engagement

Session 6
Googlios: A 21st Century Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
2009 Kicking It Up A Notch
Presentation Link

Session 7: Ways of Working
2009 - Bridging the Divide
Ways of Working

Session 8
K12 2008 - Leading the Change
Teaching Web 2.0
Teaching Web 2.0
Summary: This is a brief intro for new users to Web 2.0 to stimulate interest and show the ease of use of many tools. It also provides a space on its wiki page that gathers together various teacher used tools. Teachers are then able to join the wiki, add new tools/sites, review them based upon strengths, weaknesses, and safety in the classroom. This way teachers can see what tools exist and also collaborate with other teachers on how best to use them. It also discusses specifically how to use them in the classroom.
Application/Professional Development: For someone who has constantly struggled with the endless amount of tools there are out there and how to use them, this site is fantastic. As a teacher I would bookmark this wiki site and frequent it often and add my own ideas, etc. It is great to also have other teachers list how they have used the tools in the actual classroom setting. I was particularly intrigued by the Museum Box site where children take primary resources, images, sounds, video, etc. and create boxes on a topic and would certainly use this in a social studies setting to describe historical events. I would also utilize it as a different way of doing book reviews in Language Arts.
As to the actual presentation, I would recommend that colleagues watch it and then go to the site themselves to become more open to web 2.0 tools.
Questions: This was pretty straightforward and did not leave me pondering anything.

Session 9: Oh the Possibilities by Lisa Parisi
Kicking It Up a Notch 2008
Presentation: Oh the Possibilities

Uses in the classroom/Professional Development:
This reminded me most to spend the majority of my time in planning/preparation mode versus putting it together as I go. I really think that creating the rubric ahead of time will assist me in designing the project as well. I typically use a rubric as a static form of presentation assessment, but I really liked the idea of using it to show what I want my students to understand. I would also use it as a tool to give to them before the project so that my expectations of what I want them to understand are clear. I also liked the idea of keeping it simple at first. So many times, ideas get so big, so fast that they get abandoned before the planning stages are over. I also really appreciated her idea of using the students as experts, which puts them in a good ownership role and allows for them to learn to help one another out. I also think that my students learn the new tools faster than I do, and can soon teach me how to do things.

Session 10: If you build, they will come by Jennifer Wagner
Getting Started 2009
If You Build presentation