I love Twitter for its sheer power for learning and sharing, and attending a conference via Twitter feels like a luxury. I can learn and participate with the best, even if I can’t attend in person. Last weekend I couldn’t fly to Singapore for Learning2.0, nor could I physically attend the Prague Google Apps Summit.
But I could attend them both via Twitter, which I did. It’s not the same as being there in person, but the opportunities for learning are still quite plentiful and powerful.
~ Here are the top things I gleaned via Twitter from each conference ~
Prague Google Apps Summit
1. Google Resources +++
The number of Google resources for educators has grown significantly–from Maker Camp to Doodle 4 Google, there’s something for everyone. It’s now just a matter of taking the time to view the catalogue of possibilities.
2. Force a copy
There’s now a way to share a document and force recipients to make a copy. Here’s a clip via Google Gooru explaining how it works:
[HT: @drpresident & @warrena]
3. Technology is Transfer of Power
This quote comes from a presentation given by Ben Hacking, the Digital Learning Integrator at Vienna International School. His presentation (GAFE-Powered Inquiry Environments: Google Apps in the PYP) is well worth a peek!
4. Demo Slams ~ LOVE this idea for faculty meetings
This form can easily be adapted for building or school-based faculty meetings with the focus on sharing something tech-related (or any specific goal a school may be working on.)
5. Digging into Data and making Choropleth Maps with 9th Grade Geography
~ Great presentation via Warren Apel, Director of Technology at the International School of Amsterdam, showing G9 geography students gathering data in Amsterdam and using the power of Google Apps to analyze it.
6. *Search is the New Key Literacy*
~ Slide shared via Dan Leighton ~ John Mikton, Director of Information Technology at the International School of Prague: Search should be part of our daily curriculum.
7. First follower changes a lone nut into a leader ~ presentation by @OllieHartwright on the Story of a GAFE Insurgency.
Takeaway: Colleagues learn by doing – use Google Apps (or any change you are aiming to implement) in your departments/sections/meetings.
8. Quick Bookmarks for future exploring:
https://unsplash.com/ (free photos) HT: @amollica
https://bg.siteorigin.com/(background image generator) HT: @amollica
Advanced Charts and Graphs via @warrena
Thematic Mapping HT: @ldimitrov
9. You are not alone.
Empathy and support are critical.
“Fantastic keynote by +Sarah Woods on the bravery involved in collaboration, banishing the lizard brain and the need for authenticity. Closing thought – “You are not alone” A reflection on the need for empathy and support to embrace tech and the change involved.” — reflection shared via Linda Dimitrov.
Miles away …
~ Here are the top things I gleaned via Twitter from the Learning 2.0 Conference in Singapore ~
(Learning 2.0 Conference mission: be different, be social, be a connector, push all participants to learn and to challenge their understanding of learning.)
(Note: attendees at this conference were ‘prolific’ tweeters. I’ve ‘attended’ several conferences via Twitter and this one generated the most tweets by far! As a result, it was really important that I favorited tweets I wanted to find easily.)
1. Inspiration ~ The shared talks provide excellent fodder for inspiration and change.
If you haven’t seen Patrick Green’s talk, “The Relevant Teacher,” I urge you to watch it.
“It’s the human interaction that [my son] has each day that is shaping him, which means it’s the teachers that matter.” – Patrick Green
Jeff Utecht’s talk, “The Future is Now” ~
“Why do we live in the most incredible time in history where science fiction is meeting reality and education isn’t changing…that education hasn’t changed?” — Jeff Utecht
“If you do not change what you do on Monday in the classroom, this conference has failed you.”
Jeff asks, “What’s your moonshot? What are you going to do when you go back on Monday?”
3. Takeaways far beyond Singapore ~ Talks Like TED, only shorter.
There were many 5-minute talks given at the conference. They are all different from one another and yet each one has something important to say.
You can find them all here. [HT: @dimac4]
4. Visual Literacy, Big Data and Infographics
This link and site got me thinking about a variety of things. First, it’s got a great overview for those new to visual literacy along with several resources to take learning further. The workshop presenter, Kelly Grogan, from Hong Kong International School, included two specific tasks within her workshop and in her site: exploring and building an infographic.
The strategy of sharing this level of detail via a site makes it particularly easy for attendees to bring learning home to teach and share with colleagues.
5. Visual note-taking rocks!
Twitter was abuzz with Nicki Hambleton’s presentation about Visual Note-taking! One of our new teachers brought The Sketchnote Handbook to our school this year and I’ve been deeply impressed with how it is being used with our 6th graders.
You can see examples from the conference here, here, and here.
6. Bookmarks for future exploring:
5 Transformational Triggers for the Integration of Digital Technology via Sean McHugh.
Bring Badges to your School [HT @ktenkely]
Speak Up: Transforming Classroom Discussions by Robert Appino [HT Madeleine Cox)
Crowd-Sourced Lesson Hooks via @pgreensoup
Color Scheme Designer 3 via @bensummerton
Create your own text-adventure games via @curriculumstace
Attending a conference via Twitter
If you are new to Twitter-Conferencing, note the difference between using the “Top” vs. “All” for tweet searches.
If you have a small amount of time and want the “executive summary” click “Top.” If you want the entire experience (and/or are looking for new people to add to your personal learning network), click “All.”