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Lots of Ideas for OTA/Encyclomedia 2015!!

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I love sharing with other teachers, its one of the top things that I love about teaching and especially why I love conferences – good ones, like OTA/Encyclomdia.  Teachers have the opportunity to grow in their craft, to learn new things, get new ideas, have a-ha moments, and share extraordinary things that they do everyday with their students.  I had the very good fortune to share some sessions last year with several of my most excellent #oklaed friends and am looking forward to doing so again this fall.

The problem is this – I have about 1.2 billion ideas bouncing around inside my mind and need some help with what things would have the largest, most positive impact on your classrooms.  I know, I know, by October some of us are really set in our ways, new ideas are tough to work in.  Some of you look for a new adventure every week, some once a month….I want to help be that spark that makes a difference somewhere down the line, so help me find some focus.

I have have done sessions on the following things and would gladly do them again (like shampoo, rinse and repeat if necessary):

  • How to set up a Flipclass classroom model
  • iPad in the classroom
  • iPad apps in the classroom for teacher and students
  • Twitter
  •  Issues/struggles that could come up in a Flipclass model

Some of the ideas that I am kicking around in my noggin include, but are not limited to:

  • Flipped Classroom with Mastery Learning (middle school/high school)
  • Harnessing the power of the backchannel during class (middle school/high school)
  • Websites to provoke classroom discussion (no matter the topic: k-12)
  • Camtasia for Teachers (screencasting for any occasion: k-12) – you can download this software for a 30-day free trial.
  • Team Building exercises for your class (middle school/high school)
  • Gamification at any age level (k-12)
  • Flipping your building’s PD and making it a game
  • Desmos (middle school/high school)
  • Blogging in the classroom (k-12) – I did this in my Calculus class – it was excellent!
  • Using video to have your kids show what they know (k-12)
  • Creating and Developing your PLN (k-12)
  • Pinterest for your classroom (yes you can!! k-12)
  • Using Facebook/Google+ to build a community for your classroom info (k-12)
  • Twitter Chats
  • Screencasting with your iPad (k-12)
  • Creating a professional blogspace
  • ………

Lots of ideas here – help me.

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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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