Tuesday, June 19, 2012

iPad Management

iPadpalooza App Sharing

During iPadpalooza, people are sharing all sorts of their favorite apps. This Storify will update to track those posts.

ipadpalooza keynote

From Storify - I adjusted it so that the first tweets are now at the start of the post instead of at the bottom.

Curation of Conferences

So often, people tell me how they believe Twitter is a complete waste of time. It has no value to them or to their life structure. I introduce teachers and principals to Twitter constantly but they just aren't able to wrap their brains around how to use this tool.

Today, there are four events taking place of which I am not attending in person. Two are conferences. One is a webinar. And the other is an online Twitter conference.

All of these are professional development for me. All of these involve people in my Personal Learning Network. All of these are spread around the state and have international potential for starting collaboration.

Today, I am working at my desk in my office in Kerrville. But I am using Twitter to attend all these events and create a running dialogue to share with others like me who are not able to attend all these sessions - including the people who are physically at the conferences. Imagine being able to discover the notes from sessions you were not able to attend because you were in one session typing your own notes.

This is the power of Twitter.

People sharing brief notes about their experience in one room with a hashtag (#) referencing the event so people like me can discover what is going on and sharing that with others.

It is conference surfing.

I use two tools to help me.

1. Tweetdeck - a free app that lets me select columns of hashtags to view at the same time.

2. Storify - A system that lets me curate the tweets into a timeline narration to share with others.

Using these two systems together, I plan to have notes on four different events taken from hundreds of different perspectives taking notes from their own experience.

Keep watching! Posts to come as these events occur.

The best part, I can do all this from my own desk. No travel required. And if I get called away or have to take a call or need to go out for a bit, the system still tracks based on the posts. I can curate them later.

Hashtags I am following: #ipadpalooza; #swblc12; #tcearecharge; #140conf

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Techpalooza 2.0

Techpalooza 2.0 happened yesterday with a crowd of about 97 attendees including visitors from Schertz-Cibolo-University City ISD, Our Lady of the Hills, and Notre Dame schools. It was fantastic as we participated in some interactive games on the onset and then setup our breakout sessions.

This year, we added some pre-set structured sessions to give attendees choices to attend more varieties.

We had 2 SMART Training areas, an iPlayground, and a non-managed QR code gallery. The QR Gallery had a lot of interaction even without a trainer in the room. Teachers would walk through and learn the concepts of QR Codes while accessing them on the various papers posted on the walls. I had several of them tell me how cool that was to learn on their own from point A to B.

I think this is an interesting concept - to believe teachers could grasp information on their own - when so many trainings and meetings by certain administrators don't allow free form communication, feedback, idea-sharing, collaboration, or discussion to gauge whether information is being learned.

I think administrators and meeting leaders could try this concept every now and then. Take a concept you need to train your staff about. Instead of making a meeting, make a walk-though about it. Invite staff to walk-through during a given week with a guestbook at the end to allow comments. Review and share the comments. It could be that you think your staff can't get along without you baby-feeding them information. This would be a way to test to see if you could allow them to learn on their own.

Remember, these people did go to college at some point. They did take and earned a certification. There must be something in them that allows them to learn on their own. ;)