This last Monday I was lucky enough to moderate #TOSAchat and my idea was meant to be simple. What are some of the tools and tipcs that #TOSAchat loves. The categories are as follows:
The following wakelets are sorted by each catgory. I loved that everyone was sharing and throwing out their best ideas. Below is the fruit of all that labor. Enjoy the knowledge of our peers and have a great day.
With so many Google tools out there how do I keep up with the latest. Use @GoogleForEdu for a constant flow of information.
Fall CUE was amazing again. Here is a small reflection on what I got out of it and a little about our presentations.
I am honored to be a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. This is my attempt at reflecting on my learning and putting down my thoughts. Special thanks to a great cohort and all the wonderful connections that were made. #Picademy
Have you gone to an escape room? I have and it was wonderfully exciting and engaging. How can we harness that and bring it to the classroom? BreakOut Edu offers a way to bring some of that inquiry based learning into your classroom. https://www.breakoutedu.com/
The hashtag above has had the largest impact on my profession this year. As a tech TOSA, coach, instructional technology whatchamacallit, we do not get a playbook. Now, I am not complaining I am setting up the need to find a manual somewhere and some direction, #TOSAchat has been that. The group of people that run this chat are spectacular. Every Monday at 8pm I get a renewed sense inpiration and I definitely need that.
I also get humbled every Monday. I read what other Tech TOSAs are working towards and I feel the need to improve. It helps me reflect on my own practice and I love that it challenges me.
Smartest Person in the Room
The collective efforts and insights of the group are valuable. Below are some examples of my latest interactions.
I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with the wonderful educators of TOSAchat. Come be a #LocoLearner with us on Mondays from 8pm - 9pm.
It is done! We finally released our Cyber Champion Game for our students at Palm Springs Unified. First, I want to be clear, I have a great team. My fellow Tech TOSAs and Director are great to work with and this has been a team effort through and through. Thank you.
We built ChromeWarrior through a partnership with Alpen Spruce (Alludo Learning), they are also an amazing part of our team. The idea was simple, gamify our professional development. What came about was a unique learning experience for us all. We built the game and now there are about 40 districts who have began implementing their own version of gamified PD from Alludo Learning. I will not go into the impact gaming can have on education because there have been a ton of articles written on this topic. Essentially, I want to #GamifyEverything.
Why Not Gamify Digital Citizenship?
Naturally, after the success of gamifying our professional development, we wanted to get this game in front of our students. We set out to do just that and Cyber Champions was born. We created a game that focuses on creating conscientious cyber citizens but why is this necessary?
Our students and now my own children live in a time where their digital presence is tied to their identity and is increasingly becoming their only identity. We want to use the internet for all its good and avoid as many pitfalls as possible. Our children deserve to live in their new world with the right tool set to navigate safely and freely. Mainly they deserve the freedom. It is easy to just lock everything down and block students from everything but why not try something that benefits them in the long run. The real world does not block websites, it rewards those that can take advantage of such technology. Cyber Champions hopes to start preparing students for their digital lives.
The Levels and Badges
Call To Action
This part of the game is simple. Take a screenshot of something positive, fill out a survey, or make someone's day. All games should start off easy before we get to the good stuff.
Think About It
We wanted students to reflect on what they were learning. This section of the game is about shedding some light on some of the topics and have students contemplate why things are happening the way that they are and what they can do to help. These kiddos have had some amazing insight.
Any good game forces the user to create something. Culminating tasks exist to showcase what students are learning and publish good work. Take a look below as to what our students have started to make.
Fall CUE was another great conference and I would like to share some of what I learned and presented. The biggest difference between Fall CUE and others was the intimacy. This conference felt like the conversations were more pointed. The classrooms were perfect and we did not have any people sitting on the floor, unless you were a boss like Alice Keeler and Lisa Highfill (standing room only), their sessions were great! The classrooms were nice because it felt like running a PD in my own district.
I was fortunate enough to get accepted as a presenter and my two sessions were:
The thought process behind these presentations were to let the attendees leave with something they can take back and work on immediately. I realized quickly that many people are working on e-portfolios in some form or fashion. Our district is working to integrate e-portfolios in a way that does not add another item to the plate of our teachers. We essentially took the curriculum that we had a created one lesson that teachers could implement with a little tech infusion. Funssessments was all about looking at assessments tools and playing. We highlighted
One of the best aspects of presenting this year was getting to present, its about to get real corny up in here, with my best friend, my wife, Ruby (@MrsRubyRivera). She is an amazing teacher and I get to bounce all my ideas off of her. Ruby is special and everything she works at is perfection. Getting some alone time in a beautiful place like Napa was a wonderful treat. She makes me better everyday.
Present Like A Boss
I have tons to learn about presenting and how to get to Boss Level Presenting (or RockStar Presenting, another great Corippo session) but this was a wonderful experience. What I wrestle with is, am I sharing valuable information at this level? I know presenting at my district is productive because I know the needs of my school sites. I love listening to what the audience took away from my session but people are always so nice, look below:
I am thankful for all the peeps that joined in our sessions and shared in our learning experience. I have lots to learn and I am glad to have company. Have a nice day.