Sandi Anderson

SUMMARY #1
1. Name of session.

Unlikely Coordinates? Geocaching Across the Curriculum
2. Conference year and strand.
2009 – Kicking it up a Notch
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=489






SUMMARY #2
1. Name of session.

Cell Phones as Classroom Learning Tools
2. Conference year and strand.
2007 – New Tools
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=152






SUMMARY #3
1. Name of session.
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2. Conference year and strand.

2009 – Getting Started
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=464
4. Brief session summary /main points made.

The iPod Touch

5. Questions and/or ideas for further exploration.

I know that my 14 year old son can probably show me most of this on his iPod. It is just a matter of exploring it for myself to see what applications would be appropriate and useful for the classroom. Would we actually be able to get a classroom set?...is a great question to ask. I suppose that might make a great idea for a teacher grant.
6. What was gained from the session in terms of personal professional development?
The iPod Touch could certainly function as an important educational tool in the classroom, as well as out. An iPod Touch would be easier to keep up with and maintain than a set of laptop computers. These iPods would certainly engage and interest students in the classroom. Personally, I, as a teacher could use it for common classroom tasks.
7. How this will be applied to my professional situation (plus at least three ideas for applying these tools or concepts to support teaching and learning)?
My ideas for lessons and/or activities or projects would be to utilize the storybook application to have students create and share stories that they have written. The application called Brushes could next be used to create illustrations for their stories, and finally, the iPod could be used to create background music for the story. This would certainly interest and engage students. I found this to be a very interesting conference and will be very excited to use what I learned in the future.




Summary #4
1. Name of session.

You Might be a 21st Century Leader If…
2. Conference year and strand.
2009 – Leading the Change
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=439
4. Brief session summary /main points made.
A 21st century leader is one who understands that technology and teaching are forever and directly linked. Communication and collaboration are some of the most important issues in 21st century teaching.
5. Questions and/or ideas for further exploration.
Do you have to be an expert in technology to be a 21st Century Leader? You need to know how teachers teach and how students learn in the 21st Century to be able to integrate technology into your leadership responsibilities. What are ways leaders/principals can excel in supporting, implementing and sustaining this 21st Century reform with technology?
6. What was gained from the session in terms of personal professional development?




One must remember to be sure to have safe, legal, and ethical use of current and new digital-age technology in the schools. Teachers and administrators must keep up-to-date with current trends and realize the importance of networking with other teachers and school leaders.
7. How this will be applied to my professional situation (plus at least three ideas for applying these tools or concepts to support teaching and learning)?
Applications to my professional situation would include taking more training to learn to teach with the new digital-age (21st Century) tools. Also, a teacher must strive to be a model to encourage other teachers to learn these new methods of teaching, as well. Ideas would be to create school blogs, twitters, and online forums to use as communication with the community of teachers in my school thereby demonstrating the tools that teachers can take and use with their students and parents. Teachers must also model and teach citizenship so that students will learn to talk to one another and treat one another respectably online and offline. Finally, as a teacher, I must also be the students’ advocate and teach the knowledge the students need and persist that the tools that are needed for this current technology-infused learning are made readily available.




Summary #5
1. Name of session.

Remixing History: The Cigar Box Project
2. Conference year and strand.
2009 – Kicking it up a Notch
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=459
4. Brief session summary/main points made.
Basically, a classroom teacher had students research a topic of Canadian history and design a cigar box based on their research.


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The teacher’s 1st goal was to show how the power of remixing can be used to build deep student understanding and have students represent this understanding in new and creative ways. The teacher’s 2nd goal was to highlight how strong, inquiry-based work needs to be thoughtfully designed. It must be structured and designed to allow creativity to emerge. Boundaries should be placed on works that you want students to create to help them focus on certain elements. Lastly, the main focus should be on inquiry-based work specifically in technology.

5. Questions and/or ideas for further exploration.
I love this idea. My hope would be that all students would be able to complete this project from start to finish, inclusive of making the wooden cigar boxes by hand. Further exploration might entail interviewing older people or historians in your subject area.
6. What was gained from the session in terms of personal professional development?
One thing I gained from this session was the fact that they mentioned to give students clear boundaries. It is often said not to give boundaries as it stifles creativity. However, I do see that it makes sense that if the project is more structured and designed that the main focus could be on the technology component in this type of inquiry-based work.
7. How will this be applied to my professional situation (plus at least three ideas for applying these tools or concepts to support teaching and learning)?
First, I think it is important to use and will use rubrics more often to assess work. This can help me, not only design the work to be completed for the project, but it will also aid in teaching the concepts themselves as rubrics can serve as teaching guides and used to give students feedback. Secondly, the use of someone outside the classroom to critique projects is a great idea, especially the museum curator in this particular project. Thirdly, the use of peer assessment can be vital in the classroom and promote students working together and communicating with one another. I will include these three things more often in my teaching methods.






Summary #6
1. Name of session.

The Heroic Journey Project
2. Conference year and strand.
2009 – Kicking it up a Notch
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=447

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4. Brief session summary/main points made.
Students read a version of the Odyssey and gave an overview of the historic journey that takes place. They also read the book The Lightning Thief about a hero on a quest to return a lightning bolt to Zeus. They must write about their adventures then use google maps to plot the places they visited on their map, as well as indicate the monsters they encounter on their travels. Students then create a KLM file that will allow others to follow their journey on Google Earth.
5. Questions and/or ideas for further exploration.
This lesson uses many ideas across the curriculum, whether it is art, literature, writing, history, geography, and/or technology. Future exploration for this project could include having students create their own monster sculpture like the ones Percy Jackson visits at the beginning of the book the Lightning Thief in a Greek God Museum. This would help students more visualize what is going on in the book. Students could also be asked to create a dramatic interpretation of the monsters and travels, to further stimulate their creativity and understanding.
6. What was gained from the session in terms of personal professional development?
I personally learned about KLM files and how to download them. I also learned a new idea and way of teaching using the tool Google Earth to engage students and have them more understand locations and travels on a map. Too often, I think we assume that students are knowledgeable about the use of directions and maps, then we notice when they begin to drive, that perhaps they were not proficient enough.
7. How will this be applied to my professional situation (plus at least three ideas for applying these tools or concepts to support teaching and learning)?
I will utilize Google Earth in the future to stimulate students and teach them new technological tools to use in and out of the classroom.




Summary #7
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1. Name of session.

Engaging our Youngest Minds
2. Conference year and strand.
2009 –Kicking it up a Notch
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=572
4. Brief session summary/main points made.
Passion and student engagement; nothing great can be accomplished without passion. How do we get the “WOW” out of our students and create this kind of passion? Hailey’s passion has a five year old learning by internet research, t-shirt design, art, science, writing, investigating, sharing, and exploring about endangered animals.
5. Questions and/or ideas for further exploration.
Are passionate learners our endangered species? Ask our students what they are passionate about then put their passion to the test of learning. Learning can be transformed through technology integration with use of online books, websites, learning games, publishing online books, debating online, … whatever the learning tool, base this learning on students’ passion.
6. What was gained from the session in terms of personal professional development?
It is our job as teachers to find students’ passions and provide them with experiences, resources, and tools using technology as a platform to share their voice with others. If they are curious and excited about a subject, they are more apt to perform at higher levels. The students of today need the foundations and skills necessary to survive in the 21st Century.



7. How will this be applied to my professional situation (plus at least three ideas for applying these tools or concepts to support teaching and learning)?
I will make a point to incorporate students’ passions into lessons in the classroom. Sometimes we get too involved in covering our concepts in the classroom to take time out for “passion.” Students can expand upon their passions with online learning by creating blogs for others to respond to as a means of communication. They can also communicate with scientists and others online to increase their knowledge of the subject area they are passionate about.





Summary #8
1. Name of session.

Monsters Bloom in our Wiki
2. Conference year and strand.
2009 – Kicking it up a Notch
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=338
4. Brief session summary/main points made.
Students across the United States read the book Harry Scary Ordinary then exchanged written descriptions of monsters and had to recreate their partner’s monster without ever seeing it. These tasks were performed for a lesson in word choice and adjectives.




5. Questions and/or ideas for further exploration.
Ideas for further exploration would be to have the students do the same thing with the sound or sounds that their monster makes. This would incorporate audio software and more description analysis into the curriculum, as well.
6. What was gained from the session in terms of personal professional development?
Teachers will discover free tools online such as drawing and writing tools. They will also learn how to work with JPEG files, Microsoft Word files, and wiki websites. I personally discovered in this conference how easily a teacher can stimulate students’ creativity and encourage communication with others outside the classroom.
7. How will this be applied to my professional situation (plus at least three ideas for applying these tools or concepts to support teaching and learning)?
The concept of using the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy is a must for all applications in classroom assignments. This project demonstrated great use of the taxonomy. I will look at the other resources discussed at the end of the conference such as different educational wikis to utilize in the classroom to support my teaching and for collaboration with other teachers.





Summary #9
1. Name of session.

Around the World with Skype
2. Conference year and strand.
2009 – Week in the Classroom
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=481




Summary #10
1. Name of session.

Backchannels in the Classroom


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2. Conference year and strand.
2008 –Kicking it up a Notch
3. URL of session.
http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=330
4. Brief session summary/main points made.
Backchanneling is basically a way to have students’ blog and respond alongside a classroom task. It encourages active participation and conversation while a live presentation is going on in the classroom.
5. Questions and/or ideas for further exploration.
Backchanneling will give a voice to the shy and quiet kids in the classroom. It gives them a voice that they may otherwise not use. One of the best things about backchanneling is that it allows students to interact as things are presented instead of waiting until later to respond. There are countless uses for this in the classroom. Teachers can also explore the use of backchanneling alongside Skype, as only some students can talk on Skype at one time, but backchanneling would keep all students engaged.
6. What was gained from the session in terms of personal professional development?
A new tool for my repertoire was gained in backchanneling. Students will be more apt to pay attention when they know they will be called on to comment or so that they will have something to comment. I have also gained knowledge of the websites chatmaker.net, chatzy.com, coveritlive.com, and backnoise.com to utilize in the classroom.
7. How will this be applied to my professional situation (plus at least three ideas for applying these tools or concepts to support teaching and learning)?
It would be neat to use this backchanneling tool to have students debate with one another on classroom topics. Also, it can be used as an assessment tool for teachers, as well as simple everyday discussion. Overall I have learned a handy new tool in backchanneling.