Adam Bellow: Keynote Speaker for Day 2 Opening Session

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 7.34.02 PMAdam Bellow. Founder-President of eduTecher and eduClipper. English teacher. Masters Degree in General and Special Education. His two passions –Technology and Education. What a perfect fit in Discovery Education.2010: Emerging Leader and finalist for the 2010 Totally Wired Teacher of Year award.  2011: Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by ISTE. 2014: Keynote Speaker Day 2 Livestreaming at #DENSI2014. This session looks back at the past, present, and future of education with a lens on technology’s role on how we can help to bring education forward.  Quick paced and filled with humor and engaging videos. Get ready for a whirlwind look at education through 3 time zones.Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 7.49.53 PM

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 7.53.33 PMWith Adam in this session is Tracy Carpenter and you can follow her on Facebook. An instructional technology coordinator and STEM educator, she is passionate about using the power of technology and creativity to help develop students into modern learners. A member of ISTE, NCEA and MSET, Tracy is a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and a Glogster Ambassador who has presented at the local, regional and national levels.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 8.07.58 PMPaired with Tracy is Dave Tchozewski,  DEN STAR, DEN Leadership Council member, and DEN Guru. A former math teacher, Dave’s current role as Director of Information Technology for Jenison Public Schools in Michigan enables him to provide appropriate technology services that positively impact teaching and learning.

Day 2 began with our very own Princess Porter and a wonderful WDEN video. You can watch the Livestream here.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.31.39 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.34.34 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.37.08 AMMorning announcements always fall to Porter, who has to be one of the most organized persons on the planet. And she is a joy to watch, even remotely. If you are at #DENSI2014 your schedule — on the right. If you are #NOTATDENSI2014 your schedule is closer left. Porter shared The DEN Finger video from yesterday’s recipient. Today’s recipient: Judy.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.44.36 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.46.41 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.48.56 AMDavid Fisher’s brainchild, DEN Speaks! begins with Tracy Carpenter, who has a great passion for education. Her specific passions are digital and graphic arts. She derives solace from non-linear thinking and hopes that sharing her passion with its solace helps other teachers. She shows examples of her students’ work

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.49.52 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.53.50 AMBut she is an implicit worker in displaying herself to her students, not an explicit learner. She shows what’s inside her heart 3 ways. You manage your students, build their knowledge and passion, and you display yourself as an educator every day. Tracy says–and she is correct–our students always see through us. Tracy ended with a quote from her favorite author and 4 book giveaways. The caveat: you give the book to someone else when you finished reading it. Nice message.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 9.59.22 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.01.05 AMOur second DEN Speaks! speaker is Dave Tchozewski, and he opened with a quote from DENnis Grice: “The DEN makes me smarter.” Dave agrees. We all agree. An encore presentation, Dave is sharing a presentation he gave on last Saturday to principals about creating a PLN. Dave believes that decisions that principals make must benefit teachers and students and they must know it’s not about the Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.03.16 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.05.28 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.05.54 AMdevice but how the teachers and students can support the device(s). Dave says you need go-to people. Some of his are DENnis Grice, Kristy Vincent, David Fisher, LeaAnn Daughrity, Joe Fromme, and each of these people–not his entire PLN–has a specialty and expertise, and they are all DEN. You have to connect, and Dave says you have to find your educational soul mates. That’s what it’s all about.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.06.25 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.15.10 AMAdam Bellow began with a lot of humor that brought us into his world and presentation. He was touched by the sock project, The Purple Feet Foundation, and may other things that the DEN does, like the Starbucks gift card for the homeless man. He notes that we are connected and passionate about service. True. He was a former DEN member who won a DENny Service Award a few years ago. He says we must stay connected with each other, remain passionate, and remember service. David began with thank you to Steve Dembo and Kathy Schrock. He believes in giving thanks, not to be morbid, but we only have so many moments and we need to be grateful. I can relate to his philosophy, which comes from his personal loss.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.18.00 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.18.32 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.22.15 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.23.48 AMAdam began with a backward look at technology. Now Instagram and selfies are the new “new.” We teach in an incredibly awesome time with amazing moments and often they are created with technology. Google Glass amazes but just wait. Better glass is coming. 3-D printers and the list continues. We stand at an amazing time, but with an interesting dichotomy.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.24.41 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.28.36 AMAdam has been on an interesting journey and it includes the White House, President Obama, and a selfie with Bill Nighty. Adam met students who were invited to the White House to meet with the President and he saw several traits in them in common. These were passionately interested kids not taught by carrot and stick. Here’s who they are.

One of the things I loved about Adam’s presentation: all the wonderful videos. Hopefully I will be able to add them later. What I can tell you right now: it’s another great day of learning with my DEN PLN and I love it.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.33.54 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.36.49 AMAdam said students need to question, think, and act, because questions are the new answers. Projects must matter; they are the new recipe. Students should do it, share it, and connect with everyone else. Tap into their brains. Works for students, teachers, and it is our DEN. Note Tim Childer’s tweet. I thought I was the only teary-eyed person. Great speaker but the videos, ah, the videos.

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Adam’s son

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.39.59 AM“Their (superintendent…) Professional Development versus the DEN’s. We have UnConferences, plan our own learning. So ahead of the curve. Adam says try one new initiative at a time. Don’t drown in the tools even if we are sponges and come to the #DENSI2014. We manufacture time and work in that 25th hour. It happens because we make it happen. Adam says we have to change how we think about school. It shouldn’t be about college, career, and ready. Adam is not a big fan of Common Core, admitting there are some benefits but there’s nothing common about what we do. So many students just want to say home to learn. He doesn’t want his son to go to school to be extinguished by programs with letters. And teachers are leaving the profession.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.50.52 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 10.51.48 AMSocial is not putting a box around people; it’s breaking out and working with a platform. It’s not spending time with metrics, analytics, metrics. Real success in the classroom is easy to measure: they will engage, create, share. It’s not an educational prison. A113 is the classroom where so many Hollywood producers went to school. They have this hidden message in so many films to pay homage to their great education.

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The Ideation Cycle

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 11.00.23 AMInnovation is critical in education. But you need to own your failure and get back up and respect curiosity. Students need a digital portfolio; teachers need a digital portfolio. It enables reflection. Adam ended with digital shout outs. And he reminds us we’re not just teachers, we’re the world.

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Adam’s closer: “This year I will… My favorite Adam quotation: LIVE YOUR LIFE IN BETA. Create and share, you never know who you will inspire.




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