National Educational Computing Conference (NECC 2009)


New Things to Investigate

The number of free, web-based tools vying for your attention are overwhelming. I had an opportunity to observe practical applications of these tools during NECC. They each have the potential to help create dynamic learning environments for our students. Inquiry, Innovation and Creation.

Hi, I'm attending NECC from June 27th until July 1st. I'm sharing information and resources that I think you (Ferryway K-8 teachers) will find interesting, especially for those teachers that have completed my digital media course. Enjoy! - RS

particle_diffusion_itsi.jpgInformation Technology in Science Instruction: Using Probes and Models Hands-on Workshop (Details)

Sunday, June 28th, 8:30-11:30 am
Presenter: Carolyn Staudt

The Concord Consortium is hosting this workshop on Information Technology in Science Instruction (ITSI).
Comment: Funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). All software tools are open-source meaning they are free and sharable.

Portal for Teachers and Students - Free

Comment: Accounts are free, you don't need a probe to get started. Embedded models don't depend on a probe. If you wish to experiment before buying a probe consider the sound activities which require only a USB computer microphone.

Vernier Temperature Probe
ProbeSight - Concord Consortium's site on probeware in education

Comment: Learn about the ever growing list of probes focused on promoting real-time student inquiry. The Vernier Surface Temperature Probe connects to your computer's USB port with a device called the Vernier Go!Link. Probes are interchangeable. When an ITSI activity requires a temperature probe you plug the temperature probe into the Go!Link, when the activity calls for relative humidity, plug the relative humidity probe into Go!Link. It's that easy for your students to start collecting real life data to make predictions, test hypothesize, and report conclusions. Remember all student data is stored on a server so it will be saved and can be shared.

Concept map used to take notes during workshop
Visualizing the Workshop

Comment: I took notes using Inspiration. Some post workshop editing was made to make connections. Concept map image is a thumbnail. Download the Adobe PDF for viewing and printing.

Opening Keynote - Malcolm Gladwell (NECC page)

Sunday, June 28th, 5:45-7:00 PM
NECC Opening Keynote

Improving Reading Skills with Digital Media

Monday, June 29th, 8:30-10:30 AM
Panel Discussion
Presenters: Included in concept map
Concept Map of notes from panel discussion

Comment: The content on the PBS kids website is thoroughly researched and tested on children from low-income households. K-3 teachers should encourage their students to access show content online. You may also want to participate as a test site for future research projects.

Review of the NAEP Assessment Framework for Technological Literacy (Details)

Monday, June 29th, 10:30-noon
National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Comment: Assessment Framework drafted in 2009. Drafting of test items in 2010. Field testing 2010-2011. Prototype testing in grade 4, 8, and 12 2012. Interactions across all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are key to assessing technological literacy. Three major assessment areas are:
  • Technology & Society
  • Design and Systems
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT).
    Note: The NETS-S were used to define ICT.
The NAEP exam will attempt to assess students on these Practices:
  • Identifying and Applying Technological Principles
  • Using Technological Processes to Solve Problems and Achieve Goals
  • Communicating and Collaborating
You can influence the direction of the NAEP assessment by completing the 2012 NAEP Technological Literacy Framework Feedback Survey.

Natural Light Photographic Exploration through Panoramas and HDR Images

Monday, June 29th, 12:30-7:30 PM
Presenter: G. Gordon Worley
What is High Dynamic Range Photography? Look here

Click pictures to view larger images.

My first HDR image, plenty of room to improve
2nd HDR image, getting better

Adobe Breakfast - Curriculum, certification and professional development solutions for career and technical education

Tuesday, June 30th, 7-9 AM
  • Duane Hume of the Florida Department of Education discussed his state’s mandate for industry certification to prepare students for the workforce.
    Florida Career and Professional Education Act Schools receive additional funds based on student performance and graduation rates tied to workforce education initiatives in which students pass certification exams. i.e. Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
  • Pete Episcopo of Brevard County Schools in Florida talked about successes using Adobe Creative Suite software and Adobe certification.
    The Academy For Digital Arts & Media at Viera
  • Bob Regan, Adobe worldwide director of K–12 education marketing
  • Anuja Dharkar, Adobe worldwide education manager, curriculum and professional development

Engaging the Digital Generation - Edutopia launches new site featuring students

Tuesday, June 30th, 11 AM - noon
Presenters: Ken Ellis, Milton Chen, Vicki A. Davis, Allison Druin, and Dana (student)

Research Findings from the Berkshire 1:1 Laptop Program - 2006-2009, MCAS used

Tuesday, June 30th, 11 AM - noon
Presenters: Damian Bebell & Rachel Kay
Trends in science MCAS performance

Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative Evaluation website
BWLI Project Community website
Comment: School districts considering launching a 1:1 laptop program should definitely review this project. The project timeline is clear and well designed. A summary report containing 12 lessons learned is available for download. Student achievement increased as measured by the 2008 English Language Arts MCAS exam but not in Mathematics. The project noted both higher-scoring and lengthier essays when students were allowed to compose and edit text using their computers.
Click to download report (PDF)

Flat Classroom

Tuesday, June 30th, 4:45 - 6:15 PM

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Designing Rigorous and Globally Connected Assignments (Details)

Wednesday, July 1st, 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Presenter: Alan November

November uses audience response system
What happens when computing devices are everywhere?

A wearable computer was cited as an example. Available as a YouTube clip - Sixth Sense Projection Technology (TED conference).
November encourages educators to "globalize curriculum." He asked, "What information do we need? What relationships need to be formed? He answered these questions making points about these four areas:
- Ethics "25% of kids putting inappropriate content onto the web" USAToday poll
- Lack of Technology Planning > Use technology to provide more structure, create "motivating assignments"
- Every family needs to be center of learning. Use Skype to bring parents into the classroom when their child gives a school presentation.
- Enroll students into online courses > Education Program for Gifted Youth - Stanford University
Comment: Example given to show that wealthy parents have access to high quality, rigorous eLearning content for their K-2 students

Comment: One interesting idea is to ask teachers to identify the 10 most difficult concepts that students need to learn and then ask students to create solutions. The solutions should make use of Web 2.0 tools to develop and share these solutions. This was an especially compelling idea when considering the Edutopia Digital Generation project. Your students may have the skills and computing capability to create these solutions in their homes.

The Student as Contributor: The Digital Learning Farm (Details)

Wednesday, July 1st, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Presenter: Alan November
Concept map of my notes taken during session

Comment: In the spirit of November's challenge to shift control to our learners, I'm sharing my notes in the form of a concept map. One of the new jobs that he says all teachers should assign to their students is a class scriber. The goal is to create a perfect set of notes for the class to share i.e. at home.

November encourages global project with Kiva

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