First random conference reflection of the day – the highlight of my day, and energetic pick-me-up was hearing the enthusiasm the students described their projects with. As a teacher sometimes the prep work involved to integrate technology successfully can feel overwhelming. Hearing un-coached, honest feedback from random students was rewarding. They were not trying to tell me what they thought I wanted to hear (since there was no grade attached), all of the students could clearly articulate what they did, learned, and liked. I hope to start tomorrow in the same uplifting manner.
Besides presenting my own poster session – the two sessions that will most directly inspire me were the Digital Storytelling SIG and GigaPan. I spent the train ride home envisioning ways to enrich the curriculum and already taught content with both tools. I haven’t had time to delve to far into the topics, but there were many wonderful resources for exploration later this summer.
- ISTE Connect SIGDS
- SIGDS Wiki – page with common definitions and vocabulary for the topic. This is so important to make people feel comfortable discussing their work with a peer. There needs to be common dialogue and understanding.
- SIGDS Ning – the discussion forum on the Ning has links to great resources and ideas to get you thinking/started.
- Center for Digital Storytelling
- Examples of stories from the Center for Digital Storytelling
- Stories for Change