ISTE 2012: Conference Highlights and Best of Show
Some of you are probably wondering what ISTE is and whyI am blogging about it. ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education. The association’s goal is to improve learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology. Last week was the yearly conference, which the Center for Learning with Technology attended. The conference was incredible and overwhelming, with over one hundred different types of presentations taking place simultaneously. So what I have tried to do is present to you the conference highlights and what I call “the best of show.”
From poster sessions, vendors (over 500 in vendors and 5 football fields in length), fellow educators, and lecture sessions, the top themes of the conference were bring your own devices (BYOD) otherwise interpreted as bring your own iPad, flipped or inverted classrooms, and creativity.
Bring Your Own Device without fail in most sessions pertained to an iPad. Session leaders were encouraged by anecdotal evidence of student engagement and productivity. Other sessions focused more on students as content creators and less as consumers. With apps like Photoshop Touch for IOS, student created materials are more likely to be developed.
Flipped or Inverted Classroom is s universal movement in class rooms across the United States and Canada, where students listen to lectures outside of the classroom to acquire content. While in class students have time for collaboration, skills development, project development, group study and personalized instruction.
Creativity as a mandatory focus in the classroom, was a spotlight at almost every keynote address. Sir Ken Robinson and Dr Young Zhao stressed the importance of creativity in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Zhao spoke of how China and other Asian countries lead the world in test scores but fail to produce creative entrepreneurs and innovators like Steve Jobs. Zhao, cited the lack of creativity in in Asian schools as the culprit for producing fewer innovators like the United Sates. Sir Robinson speech invited the attendees to be a part of creating a “systemic shift that focuses on student engagement, “
Best of Show
There were so many fantastic web tools presented at the ISTE conference that I want to share, so I thought I would start with a few that vary in their function and use. Be watching for upcoming blogs for other web based tools.
- Swivl – http://www.swivl.com/store/ Swivl is like having your own personal cameraman to record your lectures or student presentations. The Swivl is a motion tracking mount for your iPhone.
- Present Me http://present.me/ Present me captures your computer screen allowing you to upload PowerPoint, word docs, Google docs, and PDF files. You can either leave an audio or video narration to accompany your slides or documents. There is nothing to download, you simply upload your presentation, record narrative, and share your video.
- TuebChop – http://www.tubechop.com/ Have you ever found a YouTube video that you only wanted about a 30 second section of the video? With TubeChop you can edit a YouTube video leaving you with the section you want. A separate URL and embed code are provided for the newly edited section of the YouTube video. .
- TikiToki – http://www.tiki-toki.com/ TikiToki is a web based multimedia timeline creator that has integration with YouTube and Vimeo.
- Mentimeter http://mentimeter.com/ is an audience response system that is a free and easy way to interact with your audience. No instillation or downloading is required. Voting is easy and most mobile devices are supported.