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Minnesota Google Summit: Ask the Genius Team

Ben Friesen moderated this session with a group students, made up mostly of the Hopkins "Genius Team," fielding questions that Minnesota Google Summit attendees had for students. 
The first question was what technology coming out was the most interesting to them.
Here were their responses:

SubtextGoogle BuddyiMovieGoogle Glass x2NetflixNearpodiMotion
Here are some of the questions and their answers...



Which tool do you prefer?
Despite the slide, there was a mixture of student response regarding which tool they prefer. They gave good rationale for which tool worked for them, but iPads seemed to win the day.

Do you like positions of leadership in your school? 
Yes, but not when their friends stop talking to them 'cause they're using Snapchat and don't want to get caught!

What has been your favorite use of technology in the classroom?
Students seem to really like Nearpod for comparing note and staying engaged in class. Youtube and Google docs for collaboration has been c…

Minnesota Google Summit: Google Drive Add-Ons to Bring Home to Mom!

Eric Simmons, Technology Director in New Ulm, Minnesota shared some suggested applications to add on to Google Drive

When you are in Google Drive, you can select, Add more Apps now when creating a document in Drive to enhance your experience. The great thing is, that once you create something with the new application, it saves to your Drive account for easy access and sharing.

The first he shared, was Pixlr Editor, a great online photo editing tool.

Concept Board is an app that is a Web based White Board that can be shared like a Google Doc. It's easy to share and allow easy annotation. Great for large group collaboration right from the student's seat! I see some great benefits, but might also allow for mischief with anonymous posts.

Floor Planner has some nice design capabilities and is free if you do 1 project per month.

WeVideo is a great tool for collaborative video editing. Simmons demonstrated how you can record on the fly or upload video for easy editing. In 3 minutes he h…

2013 Minnesota Google Summit: Keynote by Jim Sill

Molly Schroeder welcomed participants to the Minnesota Google Summit, talking about some of the philosophies of Google that we can take to with us into the classroom.

Launch early and iterate. Providing "permissionless innovation!" We all should be in beta Jim Sill, a Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, kicked off the conference talking about "The World of Wild and Reckless Creativity." He talked first about growing up in the '80s, with MTV and Madonna, and "living in a material world." What world do we live in today? We live in a Twitter World #thisisnotasubtweetWe live in an Instagram World #selfies (There's a limitation...how many toilets show up?) There is a lot of self-branding, whether people know it or not!We live in a YouTube World (Over 1 Billion views of Gagnam Style!)We live in a GoPro WorldThen he asked the audience, "What World Do You Live In?" Here are some of the thoughts my colleague and I came up with: …

Being Remarkable! EHS Senior Students Complete Standford MOOC

This fall, Stanford University hosted a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called, "Designing a New Learning Environment." Lead by Dr. Paul Kim, the course invited participants to interact globally to design learning environments  of the future.
I saw a post from, Brendan Murphy, a former grad school colleague, and thought that it might be a good learning opportunity paired with the Secondary Academic program study that Edina Schools has been working on. I forwarded this on to our Teaching and Learning Coordinator, Randy Smasal, who then contacted Stanford. Smasal wondered if Dr. Kim would like to use our district as a case study for groups to consider as a design project. Ultimately a couple of groups developed projects based around Edina, and we are working to incorporate some of their ideas. Additional projects from the course can be found here.

When Smasal shared this with building leaders, our high school principal, Bruce Locklear, and assistant principal, Eric Nelson wond…