iTeach Sitka, Phew!! A Great Week

10 06 2014

iTeach2: What a fabulous way to learn new skills, talk about pedagogy, look at what your colleagues are exploring, pick up new tricks, get feedback from experts, learn mobile technologies, and so much more, all packed in 5 fast and furious days. Wow. It’s hard to believe that we all survived!

We thank all of our faculty participants for enthusiastically joining us and sharing some great creations. And, in addition to the Title III and IDC crew, we want to thank our guests, Katie Walker, UAA, Susan Mircovich, KPC, and Madara Mason, UAF for making this week so successful.

If you want to see some of the great observations and creations from faculty last week you can search our twitter feed at #iteachak and you can visit our iTeach blog at http://iteachsitka2014.wordpress.com

application documentTina created a nice Mobile App Listing PDF which you might find helpful when evaluating or trying new apps. I found it helpful to use these categories to organize my iPad. See what you think. Click the image to view and print.

We’ll be sharing more resources soon– keep your eyes open this summer. There’s lots coming your way!

 

 

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Google Boot Camp “ON” — Summit Postponed!

13 03 2013

The Google Boot Camp (April 4/5) is ON, but unfortunately the summit itself has been postponed indefinitely. While this is disappointing, the good news is that the boot camp will be tailored to meet the needs of teachers who want to become Google Certified Instructors AND those who really want an intense “how to use” the google suite of tools, or how do I show teachers how best to use these tools in the classroom.

The Google suite of free tools can be used by any faculty, staff, or student. And, while UAS may not officially be a google campus, many of our students have Google accounts already through the university, or through personal accounts.

You can read more about the Boot Camp here: http://ak.gafesummit.com/bootcamp   I’ve been in contact with the organizers and they assure me that both days will be filled with activities that will enhance your use of these tools in the face-to-face classroom, hybrid or fully online classroom and/or in your work or play.

Think about joining us at the Google Boot Camp!

Kathi





Reminder: Google in Education Alaska Summit

6 03 2013

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This high intensity, two-day event in April (6-7) at the University of Alaska Anchorage focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education. The program features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, solution providers, Google engineers, and representatives from the Google education teams. For more information and to register visit the original blog post.





Some Things I Learned at ASTE 2013

27 02 2013

I just returned from the ASTE 2013 Conference in Anchorage and thought I might share a few things that I took away. First, one of the keynote speakers, Cara Heitz showcased her k12 classroom that was based on using blogs and wikis. She stressed that teachers today need to design their own professional development to fit their needs. I believe that she is right. We have to actively stress to stay relevant and find the tools that help us to be more efficient and effective learners and teachers.

Steven Moss gave us some great lessons learned from research. One thing that he stressed was that there is NO research to support the claim that our “digital native” students, brought up with technology, learn differently from older people. NONE. He says that the brains of this ‘net’ generation have not suddenly developed new neurological pathways, or morphed. They are not innately better at technology or multi-tasking! They may have better attitudes and enjoy change more than older people/students, but don’t believe the hype that their brains are remapping to better use technology. He also gave us these three pearls:

  1. Information-understanding-knowledge are not synonymous. We must figure out ways to have our students use the information and turn it into knowledge
  2. There is NO proven relationship between increased time on task and learning – in other words, don’t mistake engagement with learning.
  3. The Everest Fallacy – don’t just use technology “because it’s there”

While we’re on the subject of technologies that are “there” – I learned about some pretty cool apps and programs that I am not currently using, but may try. Something I’ve learned over the years is that you can’t really incorporate something into your personal learning environment without trying it out, without giving it a trial period before you accept or reject it. And, rarely do I add more than one thing at a time. Well, here are some interesting places that you might enjoy checking out: Read the rest of this entry »








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