ITEC – 2009

Welcome to Iowa!

I don’t have any notes for Sunday’s workshop since I gave it, but if you click on the “Where in the World Can Your Classroom Go Today?” link on the right, you can see my presentation materials.


DE Science with Steve Dembo
Earth, Physical, and Life Science units available – each has Reading passages, Videos to watch, and Interactive activities.  Interactives include Interactive Videos that are low level interactions, Exploratons which are a bit more interactive, and Virtual Labs which are completely student driven experiments and discoveries.

Assessment piece – @85% reliable predictor of state test performance.  As students get answers wrong, the assessments brings up appropriate reinforcement materials.

Science Assessment Manager in My Builder Tools is a science specific assessment builder tool.

Content can be assigned to Classroom/Subjects the same way it is added to the My Content folder.  Students then log in to

DE Science Elementary has 5 minute prep PowerPoint/Flash files to catch up the teacher on a concept before teaching it.

Science Sleuths activities are science style games.

Keynote – Daniel Pink
We need to prepare students for their future, not our past.

In March of 2010, India will become the largest English speaking country in the world.
China is pushing English, many students receive instruction only in English.

Any work that is routine is disappearing in this country.  If you can write it down, it is leaving the US and going to other countries.
Software can now do left-brain work better than we can, for cheaper.

6 New Literacies
Design Thinking
Story – putting facts into a story

5 Ideas for improving education (on the legislative end)
1. Explore new metrics  (IQ only contributes about 20% of likelihood of being successful in life)
2. Get real about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – perception that these are repetitive skill-drill learning activities
– Med schools (Mt. Sinai) are now requiring students to take courses in art observation to improve their intricate observation skills
– Google looks for “non-routine savants” (HR of Google)
3. Rethink Motivaton – offering if-then rewards doesn’t work for creative fields – they narrow the focus and limit possibilities for solutions
4. Promote and defend autonomy – teachers have less autonomy than other equally educated professionals
– play and down time are as important as science and math instruction
– self direction is important for engagement
– school superintendents in a survey defined creativity as problem solving, business leaders defined it as problem identification
– real world problems are just problems, not content specific
5. Infuse arts education throughout the curriculum
– arts is fundamental not ornamental
– artistic thinking is crutial for students’ economic futures

Integrating Technology Through Literacy to Support English Language Learners
Welcome to the ELL and Tech Wiki. Below you will find information and resources that can help you integrate the use of technology into your content instruction to provide comprehensible input for English Language Learners as well as Native English learners.

PicLits students select words to create captions for chosen pictures.
Xtranormal a free website students can use to create animated digital movies. “If you can type, you can create a movie”
Wordle a site that can be used for students to create word nets
Owl & Mouse Educational Software a collection of free software to build letter recognition, reading, writing, social studies skills
Voki create speaking avatars using text or recording voices
Glogster web based poster creation program that lets the user include, graphics, text, audio, video and web links
APS-Discovery OnePlace APS’ one stop search engine for Mondo Resources, Discovery Education, Nettreker, CultureGrams etc.
Colorado Thinkfinity Website interactive lesson activities for reading, writing, math, science, social studies
Promethean Planet interactive learning flipchart resources that use ActivStudio 3 and ActivInspire
Pics4Learning copyright free photos
Phet interactive science simulations. This is a K-12 project from CU Boulder
Audacity free voice recording software for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh platforms

Top Ten Tech Tools

Why Aren’t You Having More of an Impact?
This was more of a round table about being overworked and underappreciated in the tech field.  There were really no notes to take.

Journey into Second Life for Professional Development
ISTE meetings every Tues and Thur with speakers on Tues

Discovery Educator Network
events on Wed – newbie orientation on October 21 at 8pm eastern
This Wed, October 14, is on Glogster – Get your Glog on.

Lighthouse Learning Island
Kathy Schrock

Using Different Instructional Models To Guide Student Technology Instruction

Presentation available at

Keynote – David Warlick
What’s being invented today that will be in use by 2039?
The 21st Century Teacher must be a master learner – constantly learning new information and

session tags – redefine, literacy, warlick
office in second life on eduisland – all presentation handouts in file cabinet in the office Suriawang Dapto (Warlick’s avatar)

Prepare students for their future not ours.

Stop integrating technology and start integrating literacy.

Best thing we can teach our students is how to teach themselves.

Part of being literate today is being willing and able of asking questions about what you read.

Investigate – digital detectives – 21st century literacy  searching for who wrote it, what does it mean, etc
We have to expand what it means to be literate.

Reading means exposing what’s true.

landmarks for schools – his website

Literacy includes being able to read and interpret number writing also.
Today – all information is made from numbers – pictures, text, video, etc.

“The Long Tail” refers to media that is not marketable enough for stores to stock, but they exist online for access and purchase. – publish a book online

Students need to learn how to communicate with words, sounds, images, and more to succeed in the 21st century.

Contemporary literacy – exposing what’s true, employing the information, expressing ideas compellingly, using information ethically

Computers are the pencil and paper of our time.

The world is changing everyday.  The world is our curriculum.

We can’t teach the same thing the same way the same day every year.  (see Daniel Pink’s comment about repetitive jobs being eliminated.)