October 03, 2015

The #CEOct Global Kickoff, Hawaii Style -- 3 Takeaways

Our mission for the #CEOct Global Kickoff October 1, 8-9 pm, around the world? -- To share our personal journeys to becoming connected educators. 

+Shane Asselstine+Michelle Carlson Colte+Michael Fricano II, and I represented the many connected educators in Hawaii for this world-wide event.

These are my takeaways from the experience:

1. We are all unique, but the same. Different journeys, same passion. #heartfilling
► Linda's story
► Shane's story
► Michelle's story
► Michael's story

2. There is always something new to learn. Look for it! 

Michelle, who firmly believes in giving students a voice, shared a neat project: students recording Minecraft tips on FlipGrid. 

Listen about it HEREIsn't that the coolest idea?

3. Connecting with passionate educators feeds the spirit. #nuffsaid

Here's the show in its entirety.

Mahalo to my #GTANY friend +Regina Schaffer for the opportunity, and to the organizers of the #CEOct Global Kickoff: +Tammy Neil+Sarah Thomas, and +Jessica Raleigh.

October is Connected Educators Month and there are so many activities to choose from to feed your spirit. Check out the schedule HERE.


September 27, 2015

10 Google Slams ala MISO -- A Slide Deck to Share

Sometimes things don't turn out as expected, and that's okay!

I had to go to Plan B for my Google Demo Slam session at the recent 2015 Maui Independent School Organization conference. Everyone who attended my session came to learn. No one responded to my Google form here, and no one in the room was ready to slam except me. (It happens. )

Plan B: I hand-picked 10 new or new-to-me Google Tips and Tricks I felt sure would impress, and I slammed away (with some help from +Eric Curts and +Trevor Beck -- see below). 

It was fun!

Participants used a Google form to rate the slams, from Meh (1) to Impressive! (10). Check out the form I created HERE and feel free to duplicate the form HERE.

Which slam won out? Google Classroom and Google's Answer Box tied, with Voice Typing in Google Docs (a 10+ in my opinion) not far behind.

Here are the 10 slams, listed in order of presentation:

1. Slides Carnival templates for Google slides

2. Voice typing built in to Google Docs, demo courtesy of +Eric Curts 

3. New templates for docs, spreadsheets, and slides

4. My Maps, demo courtesy of +Trevor Beck, on +Lee Webster's Google Demo Slam Session 23

5. +Alice Keeler for nitty-gritty Google Edu help

6. Google Classroom Updates

7. Shapes in Google Slides

8. Animations and Collages using Google Photos mobile app

9. Google's Answer Box

10. Data insights on a spreadsheet, using Explore

HERE is the slide deck, with active links and notes containing details, comments and some how-to's.

Enjoy, and feel free to share! 


September 10, 2015

A Combo Twitter & Hangout Chat on Project Based Learning Coming Soon

Something new is happening this month with #edchatHI, the monthly educational Twitter chat for Hawaii.

Ta-dahhh! -- it's a combination Twitter and Google hangout chat!

The topic? Project-based learning. 

Here are the questions to ponder: 

Q1: What is PBL?
Q2: Why go PBL?
Q3: How do you roll out PBL to your teachers?
Q4: What barriers do you anticipate?
Q5: How will you measure the success of your PBL program?
Q6: What are some PBL resources, PBL practitioners to follow?
Resources to check out before the chat?
How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success by Suzie Boss 
PBL Planning via Edutopia (½ way down page are PBL videos)
Special guests on the hangout will be Buffy Cushman-Patz (@buffycushmanand Nate Malinoski (@NateMalinoski), two educators who have a lot of experience with project-based learning.

You can view the hangout, and ask questions live, here. 

Or you can watch the hangout and tweet away using the #edchatHI hashtag on Twitter.
Or you can do both. 

When will all of this happen?  

Mark your calendars: September 14, 2015 at 6 - 7 pm Hawaii Standard Time.

Please join us! 

Special mahalo to +Michael Fricano II+JoAnn Jacobs, and +Michelle Carlson Colte for setting up this special event.


P. S. Wow! I can't believe I haven't posted here in over a month! Yes, getting ready for the start of school did take up a lot of my time. Happy to report that we're up and running and settling in nicely. Hope to be blogging more regularly now. I have lots to share, as usual.