#IBNOLA2013 IB of the Americas Conference in New Orleans – Day Two

On Saturday the keynote speaker was Cristobal Cobo and it was in Spanish. The English speakers in the group had to wear headphones to understand. I commend the IB program for their dedication to Bi-Lingual education.  Cristobal was dynamic! To know is less important because of our easy access to knowledge. The teacher is now the facilitator, which is called heutagogy. Technology should be more invisible but the passage of ideas should be seen. Student use tech more at home than at school. Teachers need more spaces to share knowledge. Join education.skype.com.  He showed Google Analytical in Real Life There can be moments in history when technology outpaces education. We need to prepare our students with soft skills. Wabi-sabi is the Japanese  saying of imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Knowledge and love is what you won’t lose when you share. Cristobal also discussed Creative Commons. We need less copyright and more right to copy. Checkout DIY.org where you can learn anything. Remember to stay Creative, view the youtube video on 29 ways to stay creative. On March 1-2 UNPLUG. Maybe we can unplug our school.  Show your students Digital Junkie . This is why we need to unplug.  More information is found at http://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/. His presentation is found on SlideShare.

First session was Global Online Collaboration with Paul Schkade and Anne Evans. Their website has more information.  Sugata Mitra’s co-worker was available to discuss the Granny Cloud and solesandsomes.wikispaces.com.

Rigor and Engagement with Bertie Kilgore was the next session. Rigor is recognized, realistic and relevant using 3-2-1, Three things you notice, two things you infer, one question you have. Use expert quest, small part of room for being an expert – sounds like genius hour, I wonder, or passion projects. Kids need three things, they need to think, try and participate. XL is extended learning – how can students extend what you do in class. 4me is for having students reflect on what they learned for themselves. GB is to go beyond the content. Thinking triangle can ask 1 word for What, 2 words for Where, 3 words for when, 4 words for how, and 5 words for why. Could use it for story elements also.  The story books The End  or Bullfrog Pops which you can use to try to get the students to predict the next page. Use analogies to learn vocabulary. Read Mindsets by Dweck. Students need to have the growth mindset. Encourage the struggling. let them know that if it is easy it wasn’t done right.

Online Professional Communities was the last one of the day. Some rules to use. Avoid burnout, push and pull pd. Ubiquitous community. Standarization praces online. Support the members on the fringe. Showcase teachers initiatives and contributions. Be free of the prison of measured time. Some great tools to use are google docs, wikispaces, jing, moodle, voki, polleverywhere, random.org, mightybell, mind42, netvibes, edmodo, animoto, go animate, today’s meet and google hangout.

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