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#TIES18 Monday Keynote: Jaime Casap-The Problem Solving Generation

Jaime Casap , Education Evangelist with Google was the Monday Keynote at the 2018 TIES Conference .  Jaime helped launch Google Apps, Chromebooks and helped found the Phoenix Coding Academy. He also teaches Communication to 10th graders.  He authored the book, " On Our Street ," a children's book about poverty. He grew up in Hell's Kitchen in the 70's, so he knows a little about the topic. Education disrupts poverty!  All of the milestones he has achieved were based on Education. He was invited to speak at the White House to help launch Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative . What we sometimes forget is that the impact we have on students goes on for generations! Since he went to college, her daughter just assumed that she would go on to college. The life his children have comes from the educators that impacted Jaime. The State of Education Casap doesn't think education is broken, because it worked for everyone in this room. AND it has changed

My Notes on the Personalized Learning Summit Day 2 Keynote: Virgil Hammonds

Virgil Hammonds , chief learning officer with Knowledgeworks , was the day 2 keynote at the 2018 Personalized Learning Summit.  Changing the culture of education through personalized competency-based learning. Knowledgeworks has 3 main focusses: Forcasting the future of learning Transforming policy Growing Educator Impact What is your spark?  It is important for you to know yours as well as your colleagues. Hammonds had us do a "Magic Number" sorting activity using the numbers 1-9 and trying to sort them between 2 jars, where no number could be created by adding other numbers in the same jar. We found that given those constraints, it isn't possible. His point is that sometimes we sort our students into jars in much the same way. He shared how there is a movement nationally to get to proficiency based learning.  There is a transformation from school districts to learning communities.  By 2020, over 40% of the US workforce will be independent, sh

My Notes on Personalized Learning Summit Keynote: Ravi Hutheesing

Ravi Hutheesing,  who bills himself as a cultural catalyst and keynote speaker was the keynote at the 2018 Personalized Learning Summit.  Shared the story of his Uber driver, an immigrant from Laos. Cultural competency is one of the most important skills today. He learned more in the 40 minute Uber ride about world history than in any classroom.  Education is no longer about providing knowledge, it's about inspiring students to absorb the lessons of the world! He shared stories of working in Iraq with people who had just escaped ISIS, and a trip to Lebanon, where he visited a city that was in a dangerous area, but then he received texts from his hometown of Charlotesville during the racial protests last year. Core Beliefs: He believes world peace is possible...How: Make it profitable! Cultual Competency is the MOST important skill for the future Education is the means of solving all the world's problems Huthseeing shared that he is a relative of Nehru, Indira

ISTE 2018 Tuesday Keynote Part 3: Rabbi Michael Cohen

Rabbi Michael Cohen , "The Tech Rabbi," was the third keynote Tuesday at ISTE 2018 . I had the pleasure of hearing Cohen speak at a session at ISTE 2016, and was excited to hear him keynote. His background is in design and graphic arts, and his slides showcase his amazing skills. He began by sharing that a student had emailed him about a problem idea that he didn’t think was possible, but knew that Cohen would be inspirational and give him ideas. It showed Cohen that he was making a difference in that student's life, but also.... .... So much energy is invested in helping students to squire knowledge, but how much time is green to help them think about the abstract. Cohen said we should focus on instilling B elief in Self, Belief in Others , and that there is something bigger than themselves Experiment take risks and courage to do something about those light bulb moments. What abilities are we helping our students do? Cohen had some VERY "

ISTE 2018 Tuesday Keynotes: Katie Martin

Katie Martin , author of " Learner Centered Innovation ," was the 2nd Tuesday Keynote at ISTE 2018 .  Martin started with an important statement:    "If we want to change how students learn, we need to change how educators learn."  Prepare kids to solve problems, not for the test. On a personal note, when she noted, "All of my proposals to ISTE were denied last year!" it made me feel a bit better! As she reflects on her journey. She went into teaching because she didn’t see the purpose of school at times. She wanted to teach to show students that their voice matters! She showed her kids at 4 and 5 learning how to make soap. Now they see themselves as scientists. Her daughter’s teacher said she was “needs improvement” in Science. She hadn’t finished her “packet.” She can see at home how interested she is making slime and lipstick…what is she could build on those passions in school. There are so many requirements placed on teachers wi

ISTE 2018 Tuesday Keynotes: Andy Weir Conversation

Andy Weir , a former software engineer, and author of “ TheMartian ,” was intervened at ISTE 2018 about his passion for STEM and creativity. Gillian King-Carlile founder of STEM Read facilitated the conversation. Here are my notes. The very first thing he wrote was Beverly Cleary fan fiction, at 6 years old. He started working at a National Lab at age 15! More of an internship cleaning test tubes. Got to start analyzing data in the 80’s. Learned how to program. Enjoys the process of learning new things. Researching, problem solving. Goes out of his way to see what others have done, but make his own path. The writing process is solving a series of problems. Software engineering is breaking down solvable problems, but there is artistry to it! Misses beng part of a team. Now he works alone. Failure based learning-sentence by sentence, page by page. There is a lot of failure on the path to publishing. Wanted to be a writer from the get go. Wanted to be a writer, but liked reg

ISTE 2018 Opening Keynote David Eagleman on the Brain

Neuroscientist, David Eagleman, author of " The Brain: The Story of You " was the 2018 opening keynote at ISTE 2018 . Eagleman has had several TED talks discussing the possibilities with the human brain. Eagleman started broadly, noting that humans have developed programming languages and yet haven't come close to the amazingness of the human brain. What does our knowledge of the brain tell us about education and technology? Forrests look pretty similar to what they looked like hundreds of years ago, but cities are like motherboards rising out of the muck. Our brains have evolved to have larger distance between input and output. More pathways. The prefrontal cortex gives us the ability to ask, "What If?" Most mammals are born and within a few minutes are walking around. Humans, not so much, but eventually, humans can do a lot more. Classrooms haven't evolved from when they were created for the industrial revolution. The Digital Brain: "K

South View Digital Use Awareness Pilot

Recently, my department was approached about the possibility of testing out locking pouches to explore l imiting access to cell phones by students during the school day . To be honest, I was skeptical, because I knew that while it is clear, some students (and adults) are addicted to their device, I was concerned that students would not be able to complete certain tasks. (It is hard to take a video or picture for an assignment with a conventional, non-touch Chromebook, for example.) Students come to school today with d evices in their pocket that are more powerful than the computing power that put a person on the moon , and yet teachers sometimes want to ignore that reality. We know that there are many beneficial aspects to mobile tools for learning, AND, we know that for many people, even having the device in one's pocket can be detrimental to attention and impact learning .  A few staff at South View Middle School were interested in the idea of using the locking pouch. Rather tha