Let the adventure begin! Thanks to a generous donation of a free registration and a gracious grant from MCCE, my Tweep Shaundel Krumheuer and I loaded up our carry-ons and headed to Portland for the annual conference of the National Council for Computers in Education!
We got up early this morning (after a truncated sleep due to time-zone change) and trekked (or more like aimlessly wandered) the 6ish blocks to the Oregon Convention Center, where geeks from all corners of the who-knows-where convene to talk tech. After gathering our registration goodies and scoping out the coffee situation, we found our rooms and started up our computers. Poised on our keyboards . . . ready to learn . . . for you! Here's what you missed:
Revolutionary Googling, with Scott McDaniel & Evyan Wagner
G O O G L E
G - go on the computer
O - online safety
O - open GAFE
G - got email?
L - learn about apps
E - extend your learning
I love this model for the Google Rollout! The acronym is contextual, but also purposeful! To make this process most effective with 9-year-olds, Cheryl makes sure to focus first on standards, keeping in mind the SAMR model of technology integration. Working from this foundation, Cheryl builds her lessons so that the technology she uses enhances what she's already teaching. The lesson provides the contextual framework to make the technology meaningful - not the other way around.
Students generate the suggestions, then Cheryl makes and shares the menu live; her students take these to their centers, and voila! Mission accomplished!
Google Teacher Academy