Submitted by Diane Mueller, Cloquet Middle/High schools
Notes from
Pre-conference
 
Morning sessions – technology
Keynote was Kristin Daniels from Stillwater.  http://www.scsd.org/Publications/index.cfm
                The
morning session discussed the aspects of the Flipped classroom, 1-1, and
BYOD.  The website for the sessions is http://bit.ly/byod.  The parts of flipped classroom included the
four strands: communication, creative media, collaboration, presentation.   Some resources for a flipped classroom:  http://flippedlearning.org.  Students prepare ahead of time and work in
the classroom so the teacher is available to help.  Some set up centers for reinforcing concepts
or student may work on individual or group projects.    Media Centers may be open in the morning
before school so students can watch or study for the lessons.  The flip classroom does not need to be video
but a student centered learning. 
                Flipped
classrooms can be used for professional development as well.   Teachers can watch videos and earn C.E.U or
just for getting tech help.  An
additional, method to work together is skyping even just across the district
for PLC.
Videos can be for staff or students can be:
 *Proactive – creating instructional videos
for staff or students. 
*Reactive video – to meet a need that was presented. 
*Spontaneous – filming at the spur of the moment to demonstrate a concept.
                A
couple of ideas for the flipped classroom have a board that students’ show they
need help or are working on their own.
BYOD or BYOT
                Students
need to have signature from parents and an acceptable use policy before they
can bring their own device.
Staffs from various schools were available to discuss how
their schools handled the BYOD and flipped classrooms.
Edina Schools – students and parents watch a video and at
the end of the video fill in a survey. 
Also, they need to sign the acceptable use policy before they can bring
their own device.  They receive a small
sticker on the device so staff knows they can bring the device.
A couple of items that are taught is deep reading whether a
book or online?  They should not just
scan the materials.  Also, digital
citizenship in classroom should be not just part of technology classes.
SAMR model – Substitution – example using device as a
stopwatch
                          – Augmented – example using a web
based dictionary
                         – Modification – video and research
                        – Re-definition –
Keynote for lunch
– Laurie Conzemius – encouraging us to be part of ISTE.  The resources from ISTE such as the video
from conferences will be available 6 months after conference for others to
view.
Notes from afternoon
sessions:
1:1 was discussed as well but I spent the afternoon at the
discussion of BYOD and the flipped classroom. 
For BYOD some schools have devices that can be checked for
student use or a few extra in each room so students can use devices.
The purpose is to have time to create and instruct but not
to have to schedule your time around the computer.  The selection of tools needs to be general
not a specific app.  Let students choose
the tool they want to use to present their information.
Some ideas I found interesting: 
*Google docs/forms for professional development goals,
*Google calendar for grade level assignments. 
Teachers all put in the same calendar (by grade) their assignments/units
for the week.  Parents and administration
can see what is being covered by all the sixth grade classes. 
*BYOD – parents and students watch video; fill out survey, and the acceptable
use policy before
A few comments on the
above notes:
The preconference sessions were very helpful to me since my
school district is looking at going wireless and BYOD.  I was able to look at policies and procedures
from other schools.
There was at a session on student owed devices that was
interesting as well.  One item in from
that session was that you should find a catchy name for the startup of the new
procedure. They had “Bring it”
Other sessions were helpful as well:
Must reads for the secondary student, Infographics, apps to
use, and meeting the authors or keynotes speakers.     The keynotes were very good this year and
had several ideas.   I found information
on infograhics from Kathy Shrock helpful. 
I am using in my library lessons this year.
Another sessions was Mary Amato on the techniques she using
in writing her stories.  I am going to
see if I can use her video or at least her how to write ideas for my classes.
I find attending the Memo conferences helpful each year I am
able to attend.  It helps me bring new
ideas to my library.
Thank you,
Diane Mueller
Cloquet Middle School
Cloquet, MN