It’s hard to believe, but the time is coming for the Illinois Computing Educator’s conference. Every year, in the dead of winter, something innovative and magical goes on in St. Charles, IL. Educators from all over Illinois gather to show off the latest innovations, integrations, and progress that are being made inside Illinois’ classrooms.
This year the theme is “Connect to Learn.” Participants at ICE will be treated to seeing myriad ways that devices are invading our schools, and will be privy to the latest apps and teachers’ processes that are improving over the education landscape.
The greatest thing about ICE is: ideas. You come to ICE to re-fuel, to energize your teaching practice. You come back with a new tool-belt, ready to try new things and take some chances with new technology. I wouldn’t miss it.
This is also a time to prepare for the next school year. Some things you see at ICE will take time to implement, but now is the time to get started. So, what are you waiting for? Click here to learn more about ICE and to register!
This morning we hosted Formative Assessment and Google Drive, a morning PD session available on Google Hangouts. Kristen Olsen from District 58 joined me with some fantastic ideas for gathering formative feedback.
After the session, which we shared a multitude of ideas for getting student feedback, it appears clear to me that Google Forms, and particularly Flubaroo.com with Google Forms- is a great way to gather data and feedback from your students. The clear winner.
Flubaroo.com is a tool that integrates with Google Forms, allowing the teacher to create self-grading quizzes and forms. It really should be part of your practice.
So- we stuck to 30 minutes. I hope you go away with as many ideas as I did! Thanks Miss Olsen. You can follow her on Twitter @MissOlsen58.
You can view that hangout with all the viewer comments here: https://plus.google.com/u/1/events/c04bcrbgv6u62ao40hjcf4dvsrs
Our iPad 1:1 program is in its second year. Yesterday we had a chance to catch up with the 5th and 6th grade teachers as we reflected on some of the positives as well as challenges that they faced in this pilot.
We connected all three buildings through our Google Hangout. Watch and enjoy!