About a month ago the Midwest Education Technology Conference took place at the Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend this conference for the past few years and serve on their advisory board. The conference itself has made great strides over the years and I think it’s a really good conference. It’s not huge like other conferences I’ve attended but this year there were about 1800 educators who came to St. Charles to learn and share. This year I did two pre-conference workshops and 4 breakout session. Unfortunately, it took me this long to get a chance to post these here. I hope you find them useful.
This workshop was an advanced Google Docs session where we worked with some of the lesser known features of Google Docs and then moved into scripting and some of the other advanced functionality. This site is used for a variety of purposes but the content for this workshop can be found on the “METC 2013 Tab“.
This workshop centered around using YouTube in the classroom and was meant to take educators beyond simply watching videos online but using playlists to curate and create as well as a way to address literacy, privacy, and safety concerns for k-12 students.
Screencasting Your PD
My first breakout session centered around using screencasting software to deliver professional development to teachers. Through this session I spoke specifically about the TechSmith tools Camtasia and SnagIt. While I know that they are paid programs and that there are plenty of free alternatives, I also only had so much time and tried not to focus on the tools as much as the screencasting techniques that teachers should think about as they make their videos.
Today’s Students, Today’s Media
I did my second session with a colleague of mine, Kim Lindskog. This session was really about giving students opportunities to create videos in the classroom. We talked about how video projects don’t have to look the same anymore because there are so many tools available that can be used on mobile devices to tell stories. Despite internet issues, I was able to demonstrate Mozilla Popcorn Maker using a video of Ken Shelton talking about METC.
Augmented Reality in the Classroom
This breakout session was probably my favorite one to actually give because I find the topic fascinating. This presentation centered around how augmented reality is starting to be used in education and, with advances in technology, gives students and teachers the ability to create their own AR objects using tools like Aurasma and Layar. At the end of the session participants were able to try some examples using their own devices and we had a great discussion around how this might look in the future.
Speed Geeking – Digital Literacy
My final session was entitled Speed Geeking and is also one that I always enjoy. For the past three years Gina Hartman and I have organized this as about 5 different mini presentations given in small groups. It’s fast, frenzied and a lot of fun. This year we were joined by Greg Lawrence, Drew McAllister, and Cindy Lane as we each took on a topic around Digital Citizenship. All of our presentations can be found on the Speed Geeking wiki.
Hopefully some of these resources and presentations will be useful. If they are, I’d love to hear about them.