Friday, June 29, 2012

Things I shared at ISTE

I was new to ISTE but that didn't stop me from being a part of presenting some very cool sessions, in my opinion. If you came to one, thank you. If you missed something this should help you catch up.

On Saturday I went to #SocialEdCon for the first time and had an awesome experience listening and sharing about teaching tech, using ipads for media creation, and online writing. Of course I got to meet many people I already knew from our internet connections. It is very surreal to have others blogging and tweeting about things I said there that resonated with them. My big #eduwin there was that several people from my district came just because I told them about it at a workshop the day before. A huge thank you to Steve Hargadon for organizing that experience for us all.

Monday I helped my friend Will Kimbly with his Rockstar session on Google forms. Mostly I assisted, reminded him about a few things, and took a few questions, but I also got to share some slides I made earlier for our Google English Teacher hangout about a unit our team did for comparative analysis. This was relevant because I used Google Forms to get kids collaborating on the literary analysis aspect of the prompt. I also described this project a bit during a session at SocialEdCon too.



Tuesday I was on two panels. This first, organized by Vicki Davis, was about Collaborative Writing and the Common Core Standards. I believe Vicki is planning to put the slides up on Slideshare, but here are the ones from my portion of the presentation.  I got lots of questions about The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program, which is an awesome resource for teaching narrative writing, with curriculum and support for teachers and students. I highly recommend the experience. Also there was a lot of interest in the writing groups that I do with my students. I built a site with all my resources about that,  Roberts On Writing.


Tuesday afternoon I was on the panel of Google Certified Teachers sharing what's new with Google tools and I got to show them the research bar in Google Docs. It is quite amazing to hear an audience gasp when you show them that the links and pictures you have been adding to a document are already cited in the footnotes automatically. Even better is hearing them oooh and ahhh when they find out they can choose MLA or APA for the citations.

This video by Ronnie Bincer gives a pretty good overview of what the research bar does. It will also let you search for images that you can just drag into your document and switch the search to Google Scholar too. There are lots more videos on YouTube about using the research bar if you want to learn more. I also really like this one.  Both were made before searching Scholar was an option, though.



By Wednesday my main goal was not to present anything.  Next time I get to post it will be about the cool things I saw and learned at ISTE12.