Earlier today, TCEA 2014 Conference organizers emailed approvals for conference sessions. Shockingly, I found a few happy emails in my inbox. What a great opportunity to share ideas with others!
Over the last few years, I’ve taken a break from facilitating conference sessions…switching jobs, family concerns have slowed me down a bit (a good thing). However, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share ideas that engage me. The long hiatus has given me the opportunity to gain distance and find my happy thought again. As such, how wonderful to share.
My TechForum 2013 Session Proposals
My TCEA 2014 Session Proposals
Topic #1: Build Your Own Virtual Classroom
Description: Moodle complexity have you down? Wish you could just use the low-hanging fruit of the web world–wikis, blogs, free discussion forums–to build a learning management system that’s open and accessible to everyone? Escape the walled garden and learn how to use open web tools.
Topic #2: Set Up Your Web Platform
Description: Want to setup a GNU/Linux server as a content management system for WordPress, Joomla or Drupal? Or, maybe a course management system like Moodle? Then this session will get you started on how to do that! Bring a laptop you have can completely wipe and load Linux on. Preferred device: PC Laptop or Mac laptop capable of running virtual environment (virtualbox.org).
Topic #3: Drinking from the Internet Firehose
Description: What is content curation? It’s a way of managing the firehose of information slamming into use from every device we own, from computer to smart phone. If you are always trying to keep track of web sites, bookmarks, information, then this session will help you get a handle on it all! Of course, you may have a tiger by the tail!
And, thanks to Diana Benner (@diben), I found out I will also be presenting on these topics at TCEA 2014:
Topic #1 – Creating Online PD That Works
How do you create professional learning that captures the attention of your audience? Learn how your district can create your own “Professional Learning Center,” an online space where adult learners can participate in online learning opportunities. In preparation for the online journey, an online course template and tips will be shared.
Topic #2 – Writing Digitally
Have you ever wondered how you can use a mobile device to enhance writing? Teachers now have an opportunity to digitize writing, thus eliminating the paper-chase, while also modeling appropriate use of
technology in the classroom. This session focuses on ways to create, share, and analyze writing content with a mobile device.
I’m happy to point out that not ONE of my OWN sessions included mention of the iPad, although we certainly have to plan for the different devices available! I am looking at sharing a lot of ideas related to Writing Digitally with the iPad, and Diana and I have begun planning a webinar series between now and TCEA 2014 to explore ideas!
We hope to have folks share how they are using iPads to impact writing, writing workshop in schools. If you are and would like to share, I hope you speak up!
Check out Miguel’s Workshop Materials online at http://mglearns.wikispaces.com