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…ACSI Oct 11 – our 1to1 journey…

Hello ACSI staff, and thanks for joining us today for our Technology Strand presentations.  I feel humbled to share our (Heritage Christian School (HCS) student laptop (1:1) journey.  No matter where you are at in your school’s tech journey, I hope this session gives you something to consider and chew on. Here is a general breakdown of what I will be covering today:

  1. Philosophy of Technology in the Classroom & 1:1
  2. Our Heritage 4-Year 1:1 Journey
  3. Hands-on Participation & Demonstration of Classroom Tools (GoogleDocs & Moodle)
  4. Possible Applications & Future Thinking

As you begin today’s session, I invite you to please answer the following 3 questions HERE.

In a tweet, this is one major thought of support for tech resources for our students:

Here are a few more Key Thoughts:

KEY: In all that technology can do for our students, we must place it as a tool to serve their learning.

KEY: Can this tool do more than what is traditionally available?  IE – can doing this digitally do more than what I can do on paper?

Let’s quickly take a look at the talking points of the outline above:

1.  Philosophy of Tech in the Classroom & 1:1

  • Technology:
  • Many of you are on-board with technology in the classroom being used as a tool…for you, this is a matter of preaching to the choir…you own a laptop/smart phone/third device…you search for web content with the goal of ‘learning’…you know you can network quickly with others through the web…
  • For others among you, perhaps the web is still a bit of an unknown entity, or perhaps ‘all things digital’ signal the end of our established, competent, traditional way of doing things.
  • Technology has helped move our classrooms towards greater student access to information
  • IE – photocopiers, Overheads, and now most resources in my high school are being produced by a teacher on the computer, being printed, and being handed out to students.
  • Technology in the classroom: can this technology move us beyond what is currently happening?  Can it not only replace, but improve, what is today’s ‘norm’?
  • IE – Computer as word processor or search engine.  Well, these two things currently exist – paper production and encyclopedia…but the computer might offer more speed and one-place access to information that would be found in countless books.
  • We must remember that just because it’s tech doesn’t mean it’s better…  Is this device or software simply a substitution for the current process, or is it an improvement or an upgrade?
  • Technology is a way to leverage engagement equity when working with our students.  *Key, as teachers, we must be ‘into’ whatever our kids are into – Hockey, Ballet, Pogs, Twilight, video games, and yes, technology of their choice…etc.
  • 1:1:
  • The role of “the laptop” is changing…A “Flash Drive” used to be the norm…this is where my original file lives…the device not the key – access is the key – log-in to any computer to gain access to your information…now your laptop is in the sky…
  • In the last two weeks I have created 5 word docs (template), 2 quizzes (template), and about 25 shared files to be used between our office, secretary – COLLABORATION
  • KEY: Laptops/devices – are they required for curriculum or do they serve as top-up for enrichment?  (this is at the heart of the 1:1 debate)
  • What do devices do that paper cannot?
  • These tools must exist to highlight Collaboration, Access to Information, and Media Production (IE – creating digital momentum…or Klout)
  • BYOD VS. School Provided VS. Mix
  • What software infrastructure are you going to use?  IE – Does your curriculum live in the cloud?  Will you host your content somewhere:  Moodle, student blogs, GoogleApps, etc.

General Comments About Teaching in a 1:1 Environment:

  • Must determine what the 1:1 devices will do – 1st level – they are replacement for paper & research; 2nd level they promote collaboration and give access to documents from any device
  • All regular classroom management techniques still apply
  • TRUST ISSUE:  Is your relationship with your kids one of authoritarian and moderator, or one of coach?  IE – Are you checking their work habits each time you walk by?  Is that the only reason you are coming to their desk?  This is a trust relationship – they must earn your trust & they must be trusted to work when you are not ‘watching’.
  • Teacher’s desk behind the students?  Either move the desk, or have the kids face the other side of the room.
  • “Screens down” – kids shut their screens to 30 degrees…
  • It’s okay to have a non-computer class or assignment every once in a while…

2.  Our Heritage 4-Year 1:1 Journey

  • Our 1:1 was driven out of need.  We take our Grade 12 students to Mexico for 6-weeks.  They were going to complete Chemistry 12 without their teacher on the trip.  Question: What if kids could keep working on their material, and Skype in for class…  So, we used portions of our online school’s Chem12 course.
  • ’09-’10 – Mexico 6-weeks (CHEM12) – used OL course – purchased 20 Acer 10″ Netbooks
  • ’10-’11 – Purchased 55 more Acer Netbooks – Just giving kids a computer to use – no real 1:1 plan…
  • ’11-’12 – Still Netbooks (but they are starting to die…)  Now we have Moodle running for every academic course (and some electives)
  • ’12-’13 – 3rd and final year of Netbooks.  Better use of Moodle in our courses.
  • ’13-’14 Chromebooks (CBs) purchased for Grades 10-11-12.  BYOD if you can, if not we will provide CBs.  We are registered as a Google School – gives school Google Accounts for App use.  3 everyday web programs:  Students Achieve, Moodle, GoogleApps.

What does our 1:1 school & classrooms look like?

History 12 lecture

History 12 lecture

Prezi in action during History 12 lecture

Prezi in action during History 12 lecture

Lunch time – kids chatting music…

Group Projects

Socials work period

Regular scene in Socials 11

Socials 9 Socratic Circle – Great Discussion – No Tech Needed

Food game during chapel – notice the three boys taking video…

3.  Hands-on Participation & Demonstration of Classroom Tools (GoogleDocs & Moodle)Group work – place yourselves in groups of 4 to 6 people.  Chose one member to be ‘Computer Person’.  Send that person up to me to gain access to this GoogleDoc.  This was modeled by our Sr. High Humanities teacher.  Worked very well in class.  The document produced was shared with class at the end of the lesson.

Individual Scaffold – if you are new to GoogleApps then this may be a place to start.  Q: How could you use this type of document with your staff?  Students?   We have used it for staff meetings and also for sharing ideas/lists/etc with our office staff.

Calendar Event – with our Google School status we can quickly produce shared docs, groups, and calendars.

Subway Example – “Where is the official file”

Moodle – Digital Binder holding curriculum.  From simple handouts to self-contained full courses.  Gr 8/9 – being forced to complete a GooglePresentation using GoogleDocs to store info.

Google Apps – Collaboration, Access, Security – for students, teachers, and parents.  CEA use very discreet, can check in with more than one student at a time.

Online Marking – Students Achieve has a student and parent portal.  We call it our ‘Daily Report Card’.  It pushes a daily email with any mark updates.  Also has a calendar that shows any upcoming assessments.

4.  Possible Applications & Future Thinking

Whit is the next digital step for Heritage?

  • We must have our students do more that docs & research.  They must create a ‘movement’.  They must create digital momentum, Klout…FaceBook, Twitter, Blog, Comments…
  • We must help our students in their organization – including cell phone access to their content & info.  IE – smartphones that can have our GoogleApps running *Calendar!

Q: How do I get started?

  • A: Must first ask, “Where am I at?” & “Where is my school at?”
  • Perhaps it is creating a personal GoogleDocs account and sharing it publicly.  Perhaps it is getting one mobile lab going?  Perhaps your school isn’t ready for 1:1 yet – can you do anything in your classroom?  BYOD discussion.

KEY: What programs/software are you using?  Is it doing more than what paper can do?  Or is it just a replacement for paper?

KEY: Collaboration, and access – two very powerful ideas.

Second last thing:  As a place for continued thinking on this topic and for some feedback for me, would you please consider commenting on today’s session via this anonymous form?

Last thing:  Keep this conversation going – I invite you to leave a comment or question below.  Through comments we can all glean together.

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…apologetics canada conference…

Like any growing muscle, pain equals gain.  In other words, muscles worked to the edge experience growth.

In that flavour, this past weekend Heritage enjoyed taking 25 high schoolers to grow their minds & hearts.  They listened to world-class speakers at the annual Apologetics Canada Conference in Abbotsford.

Our crew with Dr. William Lane Craig

Our crew with Dr. William Lane Craig

Check out our school’s Facebook page for photos of our group with Dr. William Lane Craig!  In addition to building Christian community based on a vibrant life of the mind, staff and students had a blast together playing games on the bus ride down, engaging in lively conversation, and having a board game marathon until pretty pretty late on Friday night.

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…ACSI Oct 5th – GoogleDocs 101…

Hello GoogleDoc-ers! (Or, should I now be saying Google Drive-ers…)

Unfortunately, I have come down with the Flu and will not be with you on Friday. But, to make my session available for those who are interested, here is a Coles-notes or talking-points outline of my presentation. My suggestion to you is that you follow along by reading and trying the links I have provided. Please know I would love to connect with you for follow-up, or to hear how you are using Google Drive in your unique situation. I will be on Twitter during session A from 10:30 – 11:30 and during session B from 1:10 – 2:10. Please use the Twitter Hashtag #acsigd and you can communicate directly by mentioning me @paulkellybc.

Additionally, I am very happy to thank my good friend, intuitive colleague, and fellow Math nerd, Mr. Richard Bitgood for helping the show go on! He will be delivering this session live in Chilliwack, BC.

GoogleDocs 101
Note: GoogleDocs has now been rebranded as Google Drive. For the purposes of this presentation I will still refer to both – GoogleDocs when I’m referencing the actual apps, and Google Drive when speaking about the platform in general.

Check-in:

  • I encourage you to open both of the following links in half-screen, side-by-side view. You will be amazed at how quickly your results move from the ‘submit’ to the results spreadsheet.
  • To begin the session as people are coming in I would encourage people to fill out this quick, 3-question survey (this is actually a Google Form and it took my about 45 seconds to make).
  • Here is the spreadsheet results this form will produce. I encourage you to open both links in half-screen, side-by-side view. You will be amazed at how quickly your results move from the ‘submit’ to the results spreadsheet


Intro:

  • Top three reasons I love Google Drive:
    • 3 – Free productivity suite (Documents think “MS Word”, Spreadsheet think “MS Excel”, and Presentation think MS PowerPoint)
    • 2 – Cloud storage for excellent mobility & security
    • 1 – Top notch live-time collaboration

A bit of Housekeeping:

  • To start using Google Drive, you must begin a relationship with Google – either only for GoogleDocs (now officially called Google Drive), or a full Gmail account. Have you signed up for a Google Drive account? Yes/No
    • If Yes, I suggest linking your most current email to your Google Drive account so you can receive GoogleDocs more easily. You can do this by signing to your Google Drive account and clicking on your “Account”. Then you can ‘edit’ your email addresses.
    • If No, then please click here to set up a Google Drive account. NOTE: you have two options: 1) set up a full Google account with a Gmail address (recommended), or 2) just link any existing email to give you access to Google Drive. To start this process, click here
    • Now you have access to Google Drive from any web interface, or you download Google Drive to act as a folder on your computer, or you can download the Google Drive app for your mobile device.

Hands-On Simulation:

  • Hands-on way to explain the difference/limitations with Email & Dropbox Vs Google Drive
    • Consider a school trying to build the master Library, Computer Lab, Gym, and Music Room schedule. Consider the following three scenarios as I break the group into thirds:
    • 1) Email the Excel file to each staff person.
      • I hand out individual sheets with a schedule template to 1/3 of the room.
      • People fill it out, then return it to the master schedule builder
      • Double-bookings or errors must be re-emailed
      • KEY: Only the master scheduler has the current file
    • 2) Dropbox the file to everyone.
      • Now everyone has the original file…but in order for Dropbox to work properly, one file can only be open at a time
      • I hand out one sheet to the first person in the second group. They fill in their info, then send it to the next person…eventually everyone in this group has put in their info
    • 3) Google Drive the schedule
      • Share the schedule file with everyone in the final group and encourage them to fill in their info whenever they want – no need to email it back or only have one person opening it at a time
      • Take the final group to a standing paper chart where together they can collaborate in live-time to create the master schedule
  • Now, this isn’t a perfect analogy…but it does serve to highlight the limits of always having only 1 original, so emailing and synthesizing results. On the other hand, using a GoogleDoc allows everyone who has access to have the ‘original’.

The Cloud: Ways to store and/or share files on the internet:

  • Pre-Cloud: email, disk/flash drive
  • How many clouds are there?
    • Shared folders on a networked drive, DropBox, Box.net, SkyDrive, iCloud, GoogleDrive
  • Pros: always backed up, available from any web-ready device
  • Cons: must have web access

Privacy / Security With GoogleDrive:

  • Data stored all over the world – not solely on Canadian soil – this has HUGE implications – mostly due to the US Patriot Act that states all data is searchable
  • In British Columbia, this is the starting point: Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (Public Sector and Private Sector)
  • Public Vs Private organizations in Canada
    • No public organization can store personal information in the cloud if that data will be stored outside of Canadian soil
    • Private organizations are not held to this same standard, but, they must have consent to store personal data in the cloud
    • Organizations require a Privacy policy & a way of asking for consent
    • My suggestion: work this into your re-enrollment packages for a media release (photos on school website, Facebook, blog, etc), and a Cloud storage release that states personal information will be kept private, but will be stored in the United States

Hands on Scaffold:

  • Take a look at the following link. It includes eight 1-minute YouTube videos produced by Google explaining the different elements of GoogleDocs. Feel free to add your comments into the spreadsheet.
  • Application/Discussion:
    • How could you see yourself using this in your classroom, planning team, office, etc?
    • Have you ever had students ‘forget’ their presentation or homework at home? What could this Cloud-based technology help?
    • Have you ever had more than one person cramming around your computer screen trying to give input to the document?

Ok, let’s take a look at GoogleDrive:

  • Google Products: Google Search engine, Google Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Blogger, Reader, etc.
  • GoogleDrive:
    • Document – think ‘Word’
    • Spreadsheet – think ‘Excel’
    • Presentation – think “PowerPoint”
    • Forms – think easy ‘Survey’

Create a Document:

  • You have two options when starting a new document:
    • i) you can “create” – just decide what type of Doc you want from the drop down options.
    • ii) you can upload existing files from your computer into Google Drive. Your original files will not be changed. But, you now have a sharable, cloud copy.
  • Sharing
    • There are 3 levels of sharing in GoogleDocs:
      • i) Invite with email only – you must type in the email of the person you wish to share your file with…only they will have access to your doc
      • ii) Share via Link – anyone with access to your link can either view only, or can edit your Doc. You have the ability to decide what level of collaboration you want to give them (view only or edit)
      • iii) Public – anyone on the web can search for your file by name/contents and gain access to your file. Again, you as file owner decide if this will be view or edit only.

Intro Revisited – let me explain my top 3 reasons for loving Google Drive:

  • 3 – Free productivity suite (Documents think “MS Word”, Spreadsheet think “MS Excel”, and Presentation think MS PowerPoint)
    • This alone is a very handy piece of free software. Ever bought a new computer and then been told that it will be another $150 for the MS Word Suite?
  • 2 – Cloud storage for excellent mobility & security
    • I used to keep a backup of all my current files on a flashdrive. Now-a-days, there’s something to be said for having all your key documents available to you at any time on any device.
  • 1 – Top notch live-time collaboration
    • This is the bees-knees of Google Drive – where email and Dropbox are limited when multiple people want the same file at the same time, Google Drive comes to life when collaboration is needed. This is the main reason I use GoogleDocs with my office and teaching staff – we can be working on the same document at the same time. Really, it’s a digital whiteboard that we all have access to together.

Personal Anecdotes RE using GoogleDocs:

  • Needing to type a very critical email with a 20 minute deadline. I went to the Elementary Principal’s office and began a Google Document. I shared it with him. We both started talking out loud, writing, and building the email. Before we knew it – bam – it was done and we both felt really good about what was said. Cut & paste into our email client and that was that.
  • With our Campus School being so connected with our Online School, I am on the leadership team for our Learning Commons (the space formerly know as the Library). Pippa Davies is our Leader for this movement and often we are discussing items that require revision, or creativity, or collaboration. So, we will often Skype each other while we are working live-time on a GoogleDoc together. This is Google Drive at its finest!
  • I took the initiative to try get as many Christian Educators as possible to connect – this GoogleDoc is what I came up with – feel free to add your info!

Conclusion:

  • Could you see yourself using this web 2.0 software in your classroom experience? Or elsewhere?
  • When was the last time you needed/wanted to collaborate with someone on a digital file? Would it have been beneficial if you were able to work live-time on the same file?
  • I encourage you to please fill out this quick post-session survey. Find the anonymous results here.

GoogleDocs 202

  • In my next session (post) I will share what I have found to work well with GoogleDocs and share some of my current files and how I have used them in the classroom, in our office, and also in the Twitter-verse.

…pre-take-a-ways from #21stedu…part 1…

After having spent three awesome days at the Vancouver Symposium for 21st Century Christian Education, I know I need to put my thoughts & take-a-ways into digi-type before they fully evaporate.  (Click here for resources & videos from the past two year’s symposium.)

I cannot recall the last time I was with a group of educators as focussed and committed to Christian Education as this – humble wisdom, genuine experience, zealous passion, and innovative vision for the future.  It is because of the following layers why I describe this symposium as rich:

  • Christ:  It was so refreshing and renewing being able to invest so deeply in our Christ-centred vocations.
  • Content:  To reach this next generation I believe Christian Discipleship in a 21st Century context must embrace the infusion of keen, passionate and engaging role models with the current digital-currency our world is consuming.
  • Collaboration:  Again this year I have many new leaders to follow on Twitter and to glean from in blogs.  I have come away with many new colleagues & friends to follow-up with this next year.  Many of my conversations ended with, “To Be Continued…”.  Also, there were so many eduglean moments – peers helping peers, learners sharing with other learners, networkers growing their circles – as though everyone came to share a gift or encouragement or new idea.
At the same time, I also described this symposium as bitter-sweet.  I did so because the sweet is obvious for the reasons stated above.  The bitter part began creeping into my mind at the start of Day 3 and came full-force in the final 20 minutes of the symposium – for all our talk of a Manifesto (wiki), we didn’t make many tangible strides to look at that document during our three days.  It felt to me like an after-thought, like lip-service, like window-dressing.  I don’t mean to sound critical, although, one of the most powerful quotes I’ve heard on this topic was this:
“The only think that leads to improvement is strong critique.”
Please read my thoughts here (from a previous post) for a possible issue regarding the Manifesto project.
At the end of the day, it is my hope that great strides are taken this working-year on our growing-organic-wiki-document before we all meet together again next year.  I for one am very eager and excited to begin to help shape this idea.

Thank-you, Barend Blom (@blominator) and Pippa Davies (@pippadavies) for your symposium take-a-ways.  In my next few posts I will share my key take-a-ways from this Symposium for 21st Century Christian Education.