## Sunday, March 23, 2014

### CUE14 - Notes and Reflections (Thursday)

I had the privilege of attending the annual CUE conference in Palm Springs this last week/weekend.  Here are my notes and thoughts from the sessions I was able to attend.

THURSDAY:

1. Free Software Tools for Common Core Mathematics - David Thornburg

• Thornburgthoughts.wordpress.com
• Fibonacci - I already do a lot with Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio in my Math Analysis class - here are a few more ideas to try out next year
• Actually show the geometry from the spiral with the area of the square with side length from Fibonacci series. (google search fibonacci spiral for images)
• Make google spreadsheet with formulas in it to automatically calculate the ratio as we continue down.  Instead of just telling the students what the ratio is, start putting the numbers in the series in, and see what they notice.
• Awesome --> If you come up with another sequence that is Fibonacci like, meaning that the next number is the sum of the previous two, it ALSO converges at a ratio of 1.618
• QUESTIONS- WHY IS THIS TRUE?!?! Ask the students that!!
• This activity meets all eight of the standards for mathematical practice
• Knights of knowledge- collection of two minute videos to get students thinking.  See website here
• Now has a Chrome web app you can add to your browser
• Geogebra. Use it.
• MIT site- scratch
• Wolfram-
• Mathematica
• Wolfram alpha
• Wolfram language and system documentation center

2. 7 steps to flipped professional development using interactive agendas - Laura Conley
• @Lconley86
• Flipped-pd.com
• Takeactionreporting.com
• See article here
• See slides here
• What is flipped pd?
• Teacher centered. Teachers are asked ahead of time what they would like to learn (based of technology use in the class). A lot of times they didn't know what they needed so she would give them suggestions about what would be good starting points. Smaller groups, not a huge room a time. Broke them into content area groups
• Technology rich and interactive. Teachers are sent email ahead of time with links and what accounts they need to have created, what logins they need, and what they should have downloaded, etc.
• Promotes active learning.
• Values teachers time and input.
• Facilitated
• What is it NOT?
• It's not watching videos ahead of time
• endless talking by presenters
• not the same every time
• SEVEN STEPS
• PLANNING
• what are the principals goals?
• What are the teachers goals and needs?
• Who is the facilitator?
• What are the different levels of technology usage that you will be encountering?
• CREATING AN AGENDA AND MODELING
• interactive agenda (she uses thinglink, sample here)
• Make background image with Piktochart - Infographic made in piktochart and saved as jpg and then put into thing link
• Agendas sent BEFORE pd
• They are sent ahead of time so people know what to expect and can ask questions ahead of time.
• Even the agenda is used to model how teachers could create something like this and use it in their classes
• Search her name on thinglink to see some of her interactive agendas
• Make sure when creating agendas and timelines you always make time for teachers to PLAY!!!
• Modeling- begins before the actual pd day. Teachers actually need to do it themselves
• CONTENT
• Relevant
• Teachers needs
• Remember - less is more!!
• Give "take aways"
• Unique for each group and dept
• DIGITAL TOOLS
• Evernote
• Socrative.com
• Todaysmeet.com
• change course as needed
• Remember your students are a great resource
• Time
• Tech problems
• EXIT SURVEY
• Continue modeling
• She uses Socrative
• Check out space race thing on Socrative
• use exit surveys
• Actively listen to follow up
• Know change is possible
• Create change

3. Deeper learning through online communication and collaboration
• Bit.ly/dlsomera
• What is deeper learning?
• Rigor
• Critical thinking
• Applying to real world situations
• Being able to teach and share things with someone else
• Not teaching to the test
• When a student learns something beyond just the content, able to apply their knowledge from other classes to what they are learning. Internalizing the information
• Knowledge that is transferable
• Deeper learning =content mastery + 21st century skills
• 21st century skills
• Critical thinking
• Creative problem solving
• Communication
• Collaboration
• Motivation and self regulation
• See rest of notes online  Bit.ly/dlsomera

4. KEYNOTE#1 - Dan Meyer
• Cue14.mrmeyer.com
• What is your edtech mission statement?
• Tools that will help me
• Capture perplexity
• Share perplexity
• Resolve perplexity
• Perplexity is not boredom or confusion.  It is not engagement. It is having a notion, knowing it can be answered and wanting to get it answered
• CAPTURE PERPLEXITY
• A bunch of tools that do what he wants, with explanations
• TIP: J key will move to next article in feedly
• TIP: Social bookmarking (diigo)
• TIP: Call my own google voice number to leave a voice message about something I want to remember but can't write down at the moment
• SHARE PERPLEXITY
• Document camera
• Keynote. Cover things up from pictures with white rectangles to make them more perplexing
• The classroom is an unforgiving place to teach. Put your stuff online to test it out first
• RESOLVE PERPLEXITY
• with math. With your discipline. That's how students resolve it.
• He used to...
• Start with the objective ... The ones who finished first got to do the perplexing things...
• Now he starts with perplexing things... And then helps get you unperplexed.
• "You'll be tested on this stuff and that makes it important" argh!