Does it even get any better. As we approach winding down from an intense two-day Livestream of the best of the best, here they are, and they literally wrote the book. Steve Dembo is, quite simply, a legend. He doesn’t have a milk mustache or do print commercial for a milk company. Nonetheless, he IS a legend. They don’t come any better or faster, so I’m glad I had some warmup time to get ready for this whirlwind whirligig. It’s going to fly fast in this session and I can only hope to keep up. When you think you have live blogging down pat, you blog Dembo. Acid test for your Ph.D. in blogging. Aka teach42. When you Google teach42, you get pages. I quit clicking at Page 10, but he just goes on like the Mississippi. I just linked the first 2 pages or I’d miss the show. For information on Adam Bellow, please see his keynote presentation.
When I say they wrote the book, they certainly did. If you haven’t read Bundle: Dembo & Bellow: Untangling the Web (and Dembo & Bellow, Untangling the WEb Interactive eBook), well, you really should. This session acknowledges that technology knowledge is only half the experience of an educational journey. Connecting with other educators and transforming education–the aha moment. Back channels, live demonstrations and Livestreaming, creating collaborative experiences. Here’s (drum roll) Dembo and Bellow.
Steve began by saying that he and Adam decided to do this book their way and DENnis Grice made a book trailer. They have a hard and digital copy and yes, you guessed it, it’s interactive. They began their presentation by showing the video and noting that a year later, their information is still relevant.
Good to know: their next book will have some things really relevant. And DENnis is doing an Unconference presentation tomorrow on how to make the slides and video he used in the book trailer. Steve began by saying we are so way ahead of all the educators out there. Because the DEN audience is so advanced, Steve feels the obligation to take them beyond what they already know.
Kahoot is the first tool and Steve says it’s fantastically easy. There are tons of them made so search the site and retool it, edit it as much as you want. Steve makes his questions 10 second, but once he accidentally made a 10 second video and it created interesting collaboration for students not moving quickly.You have insights if you are a data junkie for learning as an informal assessment how your students are doing. Infusedlearning.com was suggested by the audience as a potentially better tool, especially for an older population, and it works on mobile devices.
Pear Deck is another intuitive tool for quizzes and active questioning. You must have a Google account and this tool is currently in private beta, which is, of course, where Mike Bryant wants us to live, and we are. Answers to questions and fluid and dynamic. Data is saved and then returned to editor; you get data data data and options options options in the interface experience. You could almost feel the enthusiasm. And if you want Pear Deck, you need to request to join the beta experience. Exciting things are in development, but Steve is not at liberty to share. Which means he knows. He said if you have specific wants for this program, contact him. Adam is a fan fan fan because it’s simple simple simple.
Next tool is very open-ended Padlet. And Steve loves the blank wall that enables sticky notes. They are draggable. Good for exit ticket, brainstorming, stretching thinking. Nothing is really complex about this tool. You can embed Padlet in your blog. You can combine what you do with your Padlet. Give them an answer. 22. Now ask the students to create the question. And it’s not about math (only). So many educational uses: open house feedback, student feedback. Secret trick: you can take a Discovery Education image, copy the link, and put it into Padlet. Very cool.
If This, Then That is the next tool and it is very cool for social media. You can create a tag, like #DENSI2014 and That goes to wherever you want. Email, Facebook, a weekly post to friends and family. Great for tagged photos. Very awesome. If you use Instagram and tag photos, your recipe can go where you design it. Your options for creative use and where you send your data is fun and simple. It’s almost like an aggregator that can send to many different social media assets.
Steve’s last tool is better than Prezi and you want to try it. I tweeted him and will update this information later. You can watch Steve and Adam here: