ISTE Stds for Admin Leaders Working Group

So this summer I got asked to be part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) working group to write the new administrator standards.

Honestly, I figured i was invited because I had been a bit of a pain over an older set of standards but I really thought it was a great opportunity so I decided to go with it..   I am so glad that I did..

First a shout out to Carolyn Skykora and Sarah Stoeckl from ISTE who organized the group and eat, sleep and think Standards all the time.

The group was diverse in background, experience and perspective. There were only two higher education people on it, an experienced school superintendent, principals, professional development leaders, and classroom teachers.   The mix of leaders was really great to represent urban and rural schools and different levels of technology adoption.

The whole group is comprised of the following educators:  https://twitter.com/DrTerriC/lists/iste-working-group/members  

(May I suggest if you are a twitter person, this would be a great list to subscribe to)

The process was well structured, ISTE had already done a lot of work to gather preliminary information at the conference and other visits and this combined with the group, we started to refine them into larger buckets.

Later in fall, a refined draft 1 will be available for public comment. Currently you can comment on the existing standards here.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Admin1A  

So here are my thoughts on the process so far:

The refresh process – is a year long process.. so much public comment and experts – it emerges from the field.  I had thought it was more crafted, but from my experience so far, it seems to be very crowd sourced.

ISTE walks the walk,  I was impressed how we were using Google docs in a model style of work flow and an important part of our process.

I saw a lot of the themes I saw at the ISTE conference in San Antonio.  There were lots of conversations about equity, and adequacy, and the want to better involve higher education.   They also were very committed to the themes in from the Department of Education Office of Ed Tech prior to January 20th of this year..  if you are on board with those ideas – ISTE is worth paying attention to right now.  (Their new CEO and CLO are both former DOE Ed Tech leaders).

This was my first foray into national standards work and I was impressed that ISTE is interested in heaving an adequate shelf life and represent key ideas and not current trends or buzz words. This is both a blessing and curse – because we were engaged in a lot of forward thinking.. not today, but 5 to 10 years from now.. what will we be talking about?

Overall. even though I feel incredibly behind for being away from Oklahoma for 3 days, I feel that my time was well spent, I made some great connections, and I am excited to see where this process goes.

The most important thing that I can say is that I hope you will weigh in the standards discussion and contribute.  These standards can only represent the reality of the 20,000 members of ISTE if you make your voice heard!  I will make sure to share future opportunities for public comment.

The future tool kit for review can be requested from:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYlxo3oho2ECcm1AoTeBC593WcjuBUB3bLcE3yjyls7hcBZQ/viewform  

You can lead the review in Draft One in your own community.

 

 

Twitter and the Power of Connectedness

Today I had a great coffee and breakfast with someone who should be a total stranger to me in Georgetown in Washington DC.

Today I got to meet Tammi Gaw in person, a person who I regularly interact with on Twitter but I have never met before.

Such is the power of social media – that beyond dodging the person you hated from high school, you can meet really new amazing people.

So she was trying to trace it back to how she followed me on Twitter and it was fascinating.   She heard that OU, (her undergrad alma mater – but she has a masters in sports medicine and a law degree) – had opened a campus in Italy and she was looking into it. I had a group of students there in 2016 and was tweeting up a storm so she started following me.   I noticed that she had progressive ideas and liked what she posted.

In fall of 2016, when I started to fall in love with the idea of the Wayfinding Academy – she responded that she knew about it from the World Domination Summit (WDS).    We exchanged some ideas about education and she supported my Cap and Gown challenge to raise money for Wayfinding.

So at our 2 hour breakfast with some amazing avocado toast – I found what I had surmised by her twitter profile to be very true.  Tammi is super crazy intelligent and really making it happen with diverse interests and backgrounds.   She is a feminist and a realist and really cares about the state our country and the future of both sports and higher education.

Tammi is not someone I would have met from anywhere but Twitter and having people like her in my professional learning network is super important for my professional development and to make sure what  I am teaching at the university is relevant and timely.   Not to mention, I would totally put Tammi in that kind of networked friend who would tell you like it is.. which we all need in our personal and professional networks.

So here is my challenge to you today… are you on twitter? Is there a person that you follow that you like what they say? You like what they post? You feel like their tweets have influenced your thinking and helped you grow?  Reach out them to them and let them know today.   Send them a DM and let them know, their presence on your feed makes a difference and makes you think.

In this crazy time in the US, it is important to both surround ourselves with people that are intelligent and that cause us to think.  It is important to respect and raise up other people with hustle, it is only through community – both virtual and face to face that we will continue to advance and innovate.

Reach out today maybe you will be lucky enough to meet over Avocado toast and have a nice morning somewhere in the world.

 

 

Bringing Wayfinding to OK

So for those that know me, you know I have been totally jazzed by the ideas of Wayfinding Academy..  http://www.wayfindingacademy.org 

This is a small startup College in Portland Oregon where students focus on finding their way in their first two years of college through a well scaffolded series of courses that focus on themselves, their community and their goals.   They have the support of mentors and job coaches and are supported in exploring and finding their path – whether that be completing a 4 year degree or doing something else after two years.

Maybe being 42 (almost 43) in the middle of a bit of a mid-life crisis has me thinking – but does college do this anymore?  We spend a lot of time with degree plans and helping students progress but where do we really have them stop and say – what do I bring the world? What do I offer the world?  What do I want to do with my life? And how do these choice impact me, my community and my world?

I know this kind of personalized learning is not scalable to the 1450 freshman that we have this year, but some features are..  So as the final session of my Center for Teaching Excellence Fellow from last year, I am bringing Dr. Michelle Jones the Founder of Wayfinding Academy to come and talk about what she learned. I have three events scheduled.

Thursday night -September 28th –  7:30 is open to the public and will be a general overview of Wayfinding. Room 334 in Collings Hall (College of Education)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redesigning-higher-ed-starting-a-new-college-tickets-37765380269?utm_source=ALL+CTE+-+2017+Fall&utm_campaign=969a9bff85-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a64c99c505-969a9bff85-109029393

 

Friday Morning – September 29th – 9am -10:30 – The Library Community Room – (the one with the glass by the Bookmark) This will be a special session for faculty on Lessons Learned in the first year of Wayfinding.  There are things that we can learn and use for retention!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reaching-students-in-their-first-year-of-college-lessons-learned-from-wayfinding-year-1-tickets-37765571842?utm_source=ALL+CTE+-+2017+Fall&utm_campaign=969a9bff85-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a64c99c505-969a9bff85-109029393

 

Friday at 4:30 -6:00  We are having an informal meet and greet at Yuyu’s Cozy Cafe (408 Main street – used to be The Screen Door (parking is easy in their own lot and we are using the private room in the back) We will sample their new food too.

Here is the facebook event with more details:

https://www.facebook.com/events/273842419780212/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22bookmarks%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmarks_menu%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D%2C%7B%22surface%22%3A%22dashboard%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22calendar_tab_event%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22[]%22%7D]%2C%22ref%22%3A46%2C%22source%22%3A2%7D

Thursday night  and Friday afternoon is open to anyone.. I hope some people from K-12 and higher education and maybe some interested parents will take the opportunity to join me in learning more.

 

Jacob’s Educator Award Application Extended to Sept 30th, 2017

I know a lot of great tech using teachers,  you should consider going for the Jacobs Award at Indiana University School of Education.

I sat on this committee for several years and some really amazing teachers have won it.  In addition to classroom money and a stipend, you get to spend a day teaching future teachers about what is meaningful inquiry based teaching using technology.    If you look at the past winners you will see that many of them are well recognized teacher leaders.

 

The application process is not daunting.. give it a try.. Often when we we apply it helps us to reflect on where we are, and where we are going!

Let me know if you have any questions..

http://education.indiana.edu/license-development/development/jacobs/index.html

 

 

Switched at Birth

So my latest binge on Netflix was Switched at Birth.. Wow..  really well done..

So here are a few revelations from watching this show.. *snark*

People with disabilities are people and have complex lives like everyone else.

People with disabilities have relationships and even have sex as teenagers like regular teenagers.

People with disabilities face struggles but they are not the same as people of color and the experience is not universal because a group is “othered”

Family is difficult for everyone.. disability or not..  and everyone has challenges and we need to work through them together.

I really suggest people watch it.  The one thing is, since there is signing and subtitles you can’t just passively watch, you have to engage with the show to follow.   But it is definitely worth it.

 

 

My Comic Book Syllabus got Mentioned in a BookCreator Blog

So I shared my Bitmoji laden syllabus on twitter and I was asked last week if they could refer to it in a Book Creator Blog.. this is fun..

First let’s read how they included it.

Building classroom community and culture with Book Creator

So here is my take on my syllabus..

I expect students to use Book Creator throughout the semester. Currently they are using StoryCubes to create a story with Book Creator.

I started this project, because I saw talk of Comic Book syllabi being using in K12 on Twitter and I thought, oh I could do that. I love Bitmoji and being able to laugh at myself a little.  Also, BookCreator has just come out with the Beta Version of their Chrome Editor version of Book Creator and one criticism, I get from my alumni is that I don’t do enough Chromebook integration so I wanted to try it out.

here is my syllabus!

I found the online system really easy to use the only thing that was not as “good” as the iPad app was the speed at which images were added.. but remember you are uploading to the “cloud” . I had one piece of functionality that I lost, I could not do a pdf of the book – so i downloaded an epub and then put it on my iPad and one page did not transfer. but overall it was good..

it was fun to do, and it made me feel like I could be more personal. However, my students did not love it..  I made the regular syllabus to copy and paste to the book. and some students really did not like the comic book syllabus and kind of rejected it.  We need to work on being more flexible for sure. All of the same information was there.

Back to what Book Creator wrote – did it help me with classroom culture?  Absolutely..  I think it started day one by showing that I was using the tools and it also helped me to better talk about Chromebook integration with students. I also embarked on it because of some twitter talk about referring students to services related to the book Paying the Price.  No matter what you do, as a comic or not..  its great to let students know you are there for them and make yourself a person to them.

I would highly recommend it to faculty, make yourself a person and make yourself accessible to students.   In the future, I will add a video welcome message, maybe made with clips! (for captioning).

 

Tool, either iPad or the Chrome version at http://app.bookcreator.com  is great tool to use to make it happen. It produces an epub that is readable on all devices – android, Mac, IOS, or windows.

Finished Multi-Touch Application – File size nightmares!

So I finished our Apple Distinguished School Application yesterday but had my regular last 24 or 48 hours of drama..

This time, it was due to file size.  Submission guidelines said it should be between 250 and 400 MB complete..  so when I finished the size was 1.5 GB..!!!!!

I spent 2 days whining (it was my own mistake) and asking for help and finally got the file size down to 394.3 MB often at 1 to 10 MB at a time.. (resizing, resaving, and editing pictures and videos)

So now that I have slept some, I want to figure out some best practices and I want to reach out to my Ibooks Author Friends to come up with some tips on making the project go better for others next time.

So here is what i have already learned, and honestly its more questions than answer…

  1. Make sure to not do screen shots that are saved as PNG – but edit them down to JPG.
    1. But what is the best resolution?
    2. What is an adequate size? (may even iPhone picture results in a huge picture) – Ibooks author – will mask the clip but not take out the original.
  2. Movies – I took the movies down to iPod touch level using QuickTime – but I really did not gain much space .
    1. What is the optimal movie size for Ibooks author?
    2. What is adequate for iPad and retina displays?
  3. Getting the most bang for your buck – as I deleted stuff – sometimes the file size would even go up with my replacements – I books author optimizes movies -so often a few MB smaller movie in a another format (.mov versus .m4v) could increase file size.   Is there a rule for this?

Apple has a support page for this (Thanks John Shoemaker for this)   https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202391  but it is pretty vague –

What are some best practices for file management with Ibooks Author..  I don’t want to have to this late night party ever again.

Please comment on this blog so maybe I can make it a resource for others?

 

Holy Cow I was on News9

I wrote earlier this week about how my research project looking at teachers leaving the state has taken off.  Well after 46 hours, I got a call from CBS News 9 and I was interviewed and my project was featured on the 10 pm news.

Here is a link to the actual broadcast

http://m.news9.com/story.aspx?story=36154210&catId=112032

I only got about 10 more responses after the News Story.. so I feel pretty good it is not going to totally skew my data.

Overall I am happy with the message and feel that I represented Oklahoma Teachers well.

If you know a teacher who has left Oklahoma to teach in another state, please share the survey address of http://bit.ly/okteacherflight with them, so they could participate.

 

 

I hit my 20 blog posts

So one of my goals for summer was to blog more.. and while I thought I would blog more than I did.. I did hit 20 posts today that I  am counting (this is 21)

I was blogging for for a few purposes

  1. To get in the habit of more regularly daily writing again.
  2. To create content that could be used to promote our IPT programs like the 21st Century masters http://bit.ly/21stcenturyteaching 
  3. To interact more deeply with my followers on Twitter and in the ADE Community.
  4. To better communicate the issues that I care about online.

So those were my intended purposes and here are the unintended benefits I found.

  1. More meaningful interaction with alumni – I have had several reach out to me after a blog posts and without advertising the blog, people are liking what they read.
  2. Better interaction with people at OU – There are several people at OU who regularly blog  including Adam Croom, Keegan Long Wheeler, Laura Gibbs who I have had longer conversations and interactions with since I have blogged.
  3. Documentation of my time.  For example – i spent a lot of time in the innovation hub – the posts that I made on the innovation hub have been great for me to document my time and show what I have been up to.
  4. Sharing my learning – the blog has provided me with a great place to share my learning that I will use with my students.  It allows me to be more vulnerable to them and share where I struggle.
  5. It has helped me work out some ideas in a rough form.  Next week I am doing a Ignite session at IPadPaloozaOU  (http://ipadpaloozaOU.weebly.com) This 5 minute talk is based on a blog post called A file called Dammit.

Overall, I am finding that blogging is an important part of my practice and something that I will be continuing. Much like research though, there are more things that I want to blog about than I have time to.. I have a list of to do’s and a few drafts hanging out.

Just like any creative practice, we have to learn how to manage our time and do it.. but overall this has been a valuable experience.

I want to give a shout out to OUCreate – because probably if the tool was not provided and I did not feel guilty about developing mine more as I ask students to.. I would probably not have done it.

 

Research your Passion

Wow.. I am blown away by the research experience I have had in the last 24 hours..

Sometime this summer when I heard about a few prominent teachers leaving Oklahoma, I was left with the question.. What have we as a state lost? I started to think about how we could capture this phenomenon and document the teachers who left Oklahoma and where did they go.

This is phenomenon research – research designed to capture and document something that is happening at a given time.  it is often framed by context or events and is time sensitive.   If you want to learn more about this type of research consult this special issue of Change management on the topic.  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14697017.2016.1230336?journalCode=rjcm20

I started out wanting to do the research anonymously – teachers leaving Oklahoma is a highly politically charged topic and i was not interested in being part of that.  but then after talking to a few teachers,  I realized that knowing that a professor was asking the questions was important.

I began working on a survey, got feedback from current teachers and teachers who left about the questions. The survey grew based on this feedback and also the sample narrowed.   It became clear that the sample needed clear bounding. So I limited it only to educators who are still working in education but in a different state.  I know this excludes people who left education or could not move for a variety of reasons – but again, this is phenomenon research – so the phenomenon I am capturing is educators who left OK to teach elsewhere and why they did that.   Those other choices were equally as valid and may be part of another study, but one of the challenges of a study is set clear boundaries. I also decided to only allow people to fill it out for themselves – and then that way I won’t ask a name, and they can do it anonymously (however, the collection of their data in some ways identifies them).

I went through a week of Human Subjects approval which also refined my survey more and did a few more proofings.

My ultimate goal is to look at the economic and educational impact of this phenomenon as well a produce a visual map to show who has moved to where.

The survey is found at  http://bit.ly/okteacherflight  

I am sampling using snowball sampling. I am sharing it on social media including a facebook group about educators in Oklahoma and Twitter.   And then encouraging others to share.  So my few posts of sharing, has a snowball effect to let others identify participants.

In the first 18 hours I had 135 responses.. (about 130  were valid and complete enough)

It allowed me to create this map after only 18 hours. Click on the pin to see where the teachers had taught in Oklahoma.

I am going to continue to capture data and plan to create new maps along the way.

But wow.. First,  what I am learning so far. People are so passionate about this issue.  Second, even after leaving the state, teachers have maintained an important network of educators and still care deeply about the state and their communities.  Third, we have a lot of work to do to learn about this problem.  Lots more info in the survey but this visual has a lot to say too.

My final, thought, I was a little in a research doldrum and I am so excited by this opportunity and idea..  Proof that research is driven by passion and the results can surprise you.

Thank you to everyone who is sharing the survey (http://bit.ly/okteacherflight , and I will continue to capture data.

 

Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

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