I just returned from the NCTIES Conference! I have been going to this conference for five years and find that it always delivers! The Keynote presentations inspired me and the sessions led by teachers from all over my state gave me strategies and technology tips to enhance my teaching. I am going to share some of my favorite Top 10 ideas from the Conference in this blog post!
1. Kristen Ziemke
As the keynote speaker, she shared that 81% of kids ages 6 – 8 use You Tube weekly and love to hear and see stories. We should be explicitly teaching them to tell their stories and how to hear the stories of others. When we present our students with images to view and video to watch, Kristen suggests that we ask them, “What do you see, think and wonder?” The conversation that will occur will be grounded in the “text evidence” within the images allowing students to make inferences, visualize the environment, wonder what is going on and determine important information. Students should be given opportunities to think about how images and videos impact them then do something about it.
2. Microwriting by Kristen Ziemke
Micro writing is the writing of short pieces of text that question, summarize or synthesize and often adopt new literacies to gain feedback form authentic audiences. Kids’ writing could be shared in a Google Classroom, Twitter, a Blog or through the SeeSaw app. When kids are engaged in writing, their effort increases. Today’s tools make it possible to create, publish and share content. Since we all have a story to tell, we must show students how to make their words count so that their voices will be heard. She emphasized that teachers should have students study how Tweets are crafted, what is included in comments to a blog post and write these types of writing often to see if they can get better over time.
3. #Innovate4Littles: Using Tech for Inquiry Based Project
These teachers shared Project Based Learning through the Cycle of Inquiry.
The Cycle of Inquiry can have the following steps:
Wonder (They post what they want to know on Post It notes on a wall or on a Padlet space.)
I love the idea of classroom teachers having a “Soft Start” to each day to allow kids to go through the inquiry cycle and be able to interact with materials at a Maker Space station in their classes. STREAM Centers during Soft Start include:
Allowing kids to regularly play with items as they investigate a topic and create a visual representation can then be extended to digital work. Their pictures of their work or digital projects that they make can be shared in SeeSaw . Students will sometimes record their thinking about their projects using Flipgrid. I was so impressed with the ideas of this session that I shared the presentation with my K-2 mini team leaders at my school which will enable us to further discuss: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YyYF-igDpH3WsAqWfozheImqxZtckOYX-_X6ph2RO-8/edit#slide=id.g253ceff29c_0_11
4. Technology and Media
A Media Specialist and Technology Teacher collaborate to read various stories then have students create a digital product. Their resources are found here:
App Smashing with Literature presentation: bit.ly/ElemPeeps
5. Green Screening the School Newscast
The presentation with all the details of how the tech facilitators work with students and classroom teachers to produce a school newscast that is shown on the following week is found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LL2fipx_95cr062gxXudxYujLQH5fsTs3BxUk9YA_rY/edit#slide=id.g31ec21f1b3_0_13
6. Jack of All Trades, Master of None presentation
An animated teacher librarian from Chatham County schools developed an amazing website with tremendous resources on Digital Citizenship, coding, Digital Literacy and many other important topics. I will use her resources with my students:
7. Getting Started with Green Screen
The presentation that was provided allows us to see how these teachers use the DoInk app on iPads to have students create digital stories with Green Screening: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1edcUNLFTwYhpvmILGyY8-qPT9KYFbLOvlGzc825G0zY/edit#slide=id.g35f391192_00
This link provides a Google Sheet with Green Screen lesson ideas tied to Standards: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BZqwlPi2Qf589-HP-pcNFez90wXARpM4omnEibMS_Gw/edit#gid=0
Legos and Green Screen presentation: bit.ly/2GYrAHZ
8. STREAM Session
These teachers showed us many books that they read to students and STREAM Design challenges tied to the science standards. I loved everything that they shared and the format of their presentation: Bit.ly/litstem
Google link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSXFW2vfdDF8BY1HlywmQSEtmUX7DUzapYBhJc1gz6LAFZliPilTftAa1bOrRDaXPSFGjTKhAl6nYKj/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.g2fc44dfe4d_0_570
9. Making Makerspaces Work
The “Making Makerspaces Work For Elementary” session provided great suggestions on what could be included in an Elementary Maker Space in the Library Media Center and many management tips on how to have students come to the Media Center to use the Maker space:
10. Closing Keynote by Kevin Carroll
Wow! This man inspired me! My head was spinning with the amazing sessions which I had been a part of then he got me thinking about how to head home to inspire my students to tell their stories. Here are some of his words that will continue to resonate with me:
“Play gives resilience and sustained effort to hang in there.
Play is a catalyst.
Don’t talk about it. Be about it.
How you do the little things is how you do all things.
The opposite of play and fun is depression. Have joy all the time.
Play is something we all have in common.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. – Plato
Inspire others to be a collective community of confidence. Be the storytellers which will inspire.
Our ideas and actions matter.
Believe in yourself
It is possible. Surround yourself with catalysts.
Challenge and lovingly shove them toward the future.
Replenish my energy.
There are 86,400 seconds in a day to achieve better than I was yesterday.
Be better than I was yesterday.
Build community, make friends.
You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
Be where I am. Show up.
Positivity will be reciprocated.
DREAM stands for:
Doubt is success testing you.
Greatness awaits you.
If your dream doesn’t scare you it is not big enough.
# gsd (get stuff done)”
This Conference had a shared Google Slides presentation which was also crowd sourced for many other incredible resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QVwh0bGpGfMjzldTcg1lDUAta58NsnNVrkZwnnu3t0s/edit#slide=id.p