Have you been considering Twitter as an educator, but have been dragging your feet because you just can’t see the benefits? Here is some advice...Twitter style. All of the information below will be in 140 characters or less, just like a regular tweet. • “Twitter allows you as an educator to take control of your learning” ~via @bethstill • Build a solid PLN, give it six weeks, be a lurker, start retweeting, when the mood strikes you start tweeting. It will be the best decision you have ever made as an educator.
Presented by Felix Jacomino, Director of Technology at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, with Inge Wassmann
Description: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts Learn what one technology team experienced from initiation to implementation of iPads in a school in the heart of Coconut Grove, Florida. “Computer teachers” have transformed into “technology integrators” and move from within the lab to the classroom, the campus, and beyond. Integrators must understand the 4 C’s of 21st century skills and how project based teaching and learning supports it. • What comes ﬁrst? Teachers? Students? Devices? Professional development? • Obstacles to overcome • Resistant teachers: “This is just a fad!” • Hardware/Software logistics
These are my notes from Felix Jacomino and Inge Wassmann's breakout session, “Combining 21st Century Skills, Project Based Learning, and iPads” at the 2012 Mobile Learning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 13, 2012. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. The official conference session description was:
Presented by Felix Jacomino, Director of Technology at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, with Mercy Gonzalez and Inge Wassmann
Description: This session will assist teachers in designing the 21st Century Elementary Classroom. The presenters will deﬁne what a 21st century classroom looks and feels like, including step by step instructions on speciﬁc classroom projects for student as young as kindergartners. Motivate students, increase attendance (engagement?), differentiate instruction and see test scores soar! This session will assist you design lessons that include all the critical features of a 21 century classroom. Lessons suggested will be project based, interdisciplinary, and present differentiated instruction as well as authentic, performance-based assessments. • Meet the individual needs of your students • Bring your classroom into the 21st century • Surpass the standards • Raise test scores • Maintain meaningful, authentic curriculum! This session is a must for Administrators, Elementary Teachers, Reading Specialists, Staff Developers, After School Programs Directors and anyone who wants to keep up with what is hot in education.
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