It's a Saturday morning and I drive to the neighboring school district to gather with new and old friends for a day of learning. Except this kind of pd feels different. It's not planned for me with someone else's agenda. I chose to attend today. It's not a conference with a plethora of speakers and I get to pick and choose my sessions and schedule for the day. I do enjoy that format. It's one speaker for the day. The author of our book study for the year and I can't think of a better way to kick off a book study than working with the author - in the same room!
I am blessed to have spent Saturday with The Literacy Connection and Kristin Ziemke. Kristin co-authored Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom. Each time I hear Kristin I am inspired and motivated to use technology in a creative way to show student learning. I'm motivated to use it as a means for collaboration. I want to try something immediately.
Here's a list of learning moments or words I hung on to from spending time with Kristin -
"Some of the most important lessons aren't my lessons, it's what kids bring."
Visuals are tremendously important. They educate, equip, and empower us. Seeing information allows for a greater percentage of recall and travels to our brain much quicker than words.
I've always enjoyed visuals and was happy to learn text and visuals stimulates both hemispheres of the brain.
I've seen quite a bit about sketch noting and haven't taken the time to find out more. Kristin shared we are able to grasp information faster than traditional note taking. I might have to play around with this.
"It's not about the tech - it's about teaching and thinking not everything has to sparkle and be shiny."
Management Trick - screens go up and there's less collaboration. Ask students to flip over iPads or close chrome books for learning moments.
Technology doesn't have to be overwhelming. She kept on urging us to use less tools. If we help our students learn one new thing each quarter and focus on a 80% creating 20 evaluation we'll be doing great things.
Anchor charts for technology workshop - work too.
Tech is about balance. She suggested we hook the kids with the tech and bring them to the text.