#ISTE 2013: San Antonio


ISTE 2013 was awesome. We were able to make connections with many people that we interact with regularly, but only through the digital realm. That is always exciting when you have the opportunity to discuss and collaborate with the people that already make great products for your students to use. I also believe that what makes their services so great is their willingness to listen and discuss the needs of teachers and students.


There was a lot of discussion at ISTE about PBL (project-based learning). One particular great resource was a session held by Andrew Miller. During that session, he spoke about how technology can play as the role for distributing the materials and content when giving the students a central question for students to pursue. Repeatedly he mentions the importance for students to have “voice and choice” when providing students with the opportunity to participate in PBL. Students should decide what they want to use to share their learning when pursuing the driving question. If you are interested in PBL, a great resource to look over is http://www.bie.org.

PBL Poster Session
PBL Poster Session

The image I posted above serves two purposes. First off, I just discussed PBL. Second, this may change much of how East Noble Schools provides professional development in the future. I’ve attended MACUL and FETC and neither of these large conferences had these “poster” sessions like ISTE. These were teachers, tech coaches, and even students providing professional development much like a science fair project. They had a display and you were able to discuss with the person face-to-face on their expertise. There were probably around fifty tables of various subjects for a total of two hours. After that time was up, there was an hour break and a fresh set of poster sessions took place. These sessions were extremely beneficial as I was able to gather the material in a matter of 10-15 minutes instead of sitting through a lecture for an hour.

As I already mentioned, these sessions included students in a few of the posters. This lead to an exciting experience as we were able to see how students were utilizing technology. There is even a video floating around Youtube of Zack and I making salsa. (However, I have yet to pinpoint the location of it.) After the video was created, the high school students created an app with a website called Appsbar. These students were extremely excited to share.

Another group of students were practicing their programming skills through a project they called Sparky. With this project, the students built their own robots and programmed them to move about. The cost is small as the parts can be obtained fairly easily and the software used for the programming is open source. Check it out for yourself from my Tweet during ISTE:

Meet Sparky #ISTE2013 cool robotics and programming projects…and cheap! https://t.co/kAx0sGRGil

— Lance Yoder (@Mr_Yoder) June 25, 2013

To continue with the robotics and programming rant, Zack and I participated in a session held by Lego for their WeGo lego set. With it, students can create their own robot and program it to perform various tasks. Not only that, but it was a lot of fun. Believe it or not, WeGo is intended for lower elementary. How could would it be to come home as a first grade student and tell Mom or Dad that you made a robot in school? I’m not sure they would even believe you. 🙂 (Click on the link at the end of this Tweet.)

#iste2013 wego Lego. so much fun. @zlinen #inelearn @alinsonen https://t.co/96b5tnE9h1

— Lance Yoder (@Mr_Yoder) June 24, 2013

Lastly, I’ll leave you with the closing Keynote by Adam Bellow. It was probably the highlight of the entire conference. He is passionate about how technology has provided us with the opportunity to reach out to our students and also give the students the opportunity to reach out to the world. (His portion begins roughly around the 22 minute mark.)

Knight Time Technology 3

I’ve been off the blogging wagon for a while – big thanks to Lance for keeping up with some great examples and resources!  Also, thank you to the many teachers who are emailing us examples of student work – keep them coming. I’m back to share a little about East Noble School Corporation’s Knight Time Technology conference – June 12-13th.  We are very fortunate to have keynotes and workshops with Richard Byrne  and Vicki Davis in addition to presentations from our great ENSC faculty and many outside vendors.

This event is open to all educators, even university students, who are interested in learning about / building resources to integrate technology into their classrooms – you’re going to hear Tool vs. Toy a lot .  If you’re available, be sure to sign up at ktt3.weebly.com and we’ll see you in June!

ENSC was given a generous grant from the Indiana Office of eLearning to make this conference possible and we are very grateful for the support – @INeLearn We are a part of Indiana’s Summer of eLearning.

  • Side note – I used Weebly.com to make the KTT3 site and a google form for the registration.  It was super easy and looks great – if you would like help using weebly / google forms in the classroom – please contact Yoder and Linson.



We are Presenting at MACUL!

Zack and Lance will be presenting on Thursday and Friday. There we will be sharing about East Noble’s experience as a 1:1 technology school district.

Thursday 3/21 @ 1:00 p.m. – Digital Citizenship for the 1:1 District

Friday 3/22 @ 10:00 a.m. Classroom Management with 1:1 iOS devices.

We will be broadcasting LIVE! You can watch it here. Feel free to join us if you’d like. It will also remain on the Google+ site for you to view at your own convenience.

For more information about the MACUL conference, visit: www.macul.org

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Getting Ready for October 13th

Thursday is a very big day. The peer coaches of East Noble School Corporation have been working hard to provide opportunities for teachers to learn or gather ideas for ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. Zack and I have had the unique challenge of trying to provide sessions that are applicable to lower Elementary as well as grades two through four. It has been good for Zack and I as well because it has forced us to look for more materials or even just to become more oriented with materials that have previously been discovered. My wife, Michelle Yoder, is even helping with this endeavor as she is sharing her experience with first graders as she has tried to use the iPods for more than just skill and drill. This is exciting for me as I have been an active part in her classroom and have been able to watch the kids use the iPods as learning tools.

Here are some things we will be presenting:
Big Universe – Big Universe is a collection of online books for grade levels k-8. Here the teacher has the ability to assign texts to students and have them take tests to check their comprehension (tests unavailable on iPod/iPad.) Students also have access from home. Take advantage of these excellent materials.

Top Ten Apps:
Must have apps for iPods and iPads. These are apps that will assist you and your students to make good use of the devices in the learning environment. You may want to have these apps already downloaded on your teacher device. Show Me (iPad), Leaf Snap(both), Popplet lite (iPad), Singing fFingers (Both), iMovie (iPad Paid), Videolicious (both), professor garfield (iPad), Story Kit (ipad/ipod), iBooks (both), Discover (Wikipedia iPad),

iPods in the classroom (K-1) – Michelle Yoder. – Young students can use their iPods to create, not just skill and drill. Come listen and share ideas of how you can use Doodle Buddy and Story Kit to publish work. Also learn how to share it with family members to build rapport between the classroom and home.

PDF’s on the iPad/iPod (K-4) – Lance Yoder. – Check out the neu.annotate app. Find out how you can create pdf files on word, send them to students, and have the students fill in their answers using neu.annotate. Students can even store and organize their files on ibooks! Both apps are necessary for this session.

Mini modo – Using Edmodo in the k-4 classroom. We will setup teacher accounts, give some basics for navigation, and give practical ideas for how the ensc.edmodo.com website can be used. We will hopefully have time to brainstorm and discuss as teachers how to implement it.