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ISTE Day 2

View the conversation below at your own risk…There is almost but not quite the king daddy of all potty words in there…But the conversation totally sums up day two of ISTE. It all started with a very interesting session over Project Based Learning hosted by Suzie Boss and Mike Gwalty. It was excellent and got my brain all buzzy with ideas. Different ways to try to get the students to discover more on their own and learn what they are interested in, and by the way it also relates to math…next up was a super energetic session using the SMARTBoard. I am fortunate to have this wonderful piece of equipment in my room, but wanted to see if there were any new tricks (always look for new tricks) and I got some!! Success again!! My compatriot in crime and I sprinted to Mcdonald’s for a super quick to-go meal and were just barely late to the next session…This was where we were when the following conversation took place. She went to see how iMovie could be used with iPads, I went to see how Google Earth could be used in math (we are both math teachers…). I was enjoying some really cool ways to use Google Earth and also trying to figure out how to use it for my classes. I text her about the potential for some cool things that could come from this session….She replies with “I think we need to start making trailers to introduce units.” This was out of left field and hit me like a train crushes anything unlucky enough to be in its way!! What a great idea, build up some suspense, create an atmosphere of anticipation….we had several ideas written down before the end of the day. We both capped the day off by listening to the pioneers of the flipped classroom: Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams. Since I have gone to this model, it was a great thing to hear them and see the steps that they have taken. Again more great ideas bouncing in my head…I need a good old fashioned Harry Potter pensieve to refer back to later!!! Kristina and I have burned up Evernote and blazed through Google Docs (which we discovered we could both edit the same document at the same time…on different pc’s…we blew our own minds). Day 2 is next….what will it hold??

ISTE Conversation


About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant



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