Thursday, June 28, 2012

#ISTE12 - my random list of thoughts and resources

This is just a random list of apps, resources, and ideas that I came across while at ISTE this week. I'll be adding to it and making sense of it later...I just wanted to jot them down so I can throw some notes and papers away!!

Learning Management Systems (LMS)
  • Moodle
  • Caliquity (free)
  • Learnist
  • Leading Edge Certification for Online Teaching (thru CTAP)
  • Contact: Teresa Lightle @tlukanik
  • iPad app for students to basically be paperless
  • ideal for 1-to-1 schools
Display Rec
  •  App to screencast directly from iPad
  • The original, easiest-to-use, and best-selling handwriting app for iPad. Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea -- in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.
Tim Bedley (elementary teacher in Riverside)
  • Idea for classroom - Wireless mic.  Put wireless mic on student desks (in groups) and have video camera further away so you can actually hear what students are saying and they won't be distracted by the camera close by
  • Reaching Consensus - students have to work together on their problems and "reach consensus" on answers.  Students "argue" for their answers, and usually the person who is wrong figures out what they did wrong as they are trying to explain it.
Student Blogging Platforms
  • (more elementary)
 Inquiry-Based Math
  • Contact Meredith Swallow
  • Middle school math teacher from Seattle
Three Ring
  • "A simple platform for authentic assessment"
  • "Threering makes it easy to create digital portfolios of pen-and-paper student work, in-class presentations, and more.
Tangible Blogging (a way to start teaching/training students about blogging)
  • Idea from Brian Bennett
  • Day 1:
    • Students write half-page blog post on real paper
    • Post around room
  • Day 2:
    • Each student gets four sticky notes
    • Comment on "blog posts" from around the room
  • Day 3:
    • Students go back to original blog posts and look through comments
  • Rules for commenting:
    • Connect with the reader
    • Ask a question back (create conversation)


  1. Hey Crystal, I can help you with LMS stuff. Using a good one would really help you do more with less work. I've been evaluating LMS' for the past year, start by checking out our ISTE session we did.

  2. also... Leading Edge Certification is a great experience. Not easy, but well worth it.

  3. Thanks for the info, Chris :). So great to meet you this week!


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