Monday, June 27, 2016

ISTE bits #1

Who doesn't like a Top 10 list? Here are favorite take-aways (in no particular order) from my Monday at ISTE 2016 .

  • Chris Lehman, Maggie Roberts, and Kristin Ziemke helped me see writing differently. When we write our stories, we construct our identity; we're not just dumping information. Micro-writing affords more chances for identity-driven writing, compared to traditional piece-driven full-length writing.
  • Stephen W. Anderson shared that live and archived webinars on numerous pedagogical topics live at
  • Tom Whitby and Stephen W. Anderson are involved in -- more webinars, but ones that have a two-way dynamic, rather than just one direction for information.
  • Flocabulary sows ear worms for learning advantage, though at a price.
  • Angela Maiers delivered her cri de coeur: "You are a genius, and the world needs your contribution." Then she asked, "Do you believe it? Do your students?" Those two questions stick with me, niggling at my brain.
  • Google drawing mouse shortcut from Katie Diebold: Ctrl-click an object, and you'll be able to drag a copy of the object elsewhere on the canvas.
  • The proliferation of comments and replies responding to online content provides unprecedented opportunities for students to examine the architecture of polite and impolite discourse. From there, Maggie Roberts asked, why not have writers emulate the former and revise the latter?
  • Anchor charts, according to Kristin Ziemke, serve as great ways to crystallize writing observations: What have we seen before? What do we know? What's new?
  • Giving feedback in a Google doc? Katie Diebold and Jill Heaton recommend, in Suggesting mode, populating Preferences with canned shortcuts to most frequent comments. Here's how.
  • Blogs belong in professional reading, Tom Whitby said. He pointed the audience to to browse ranked offerings for reading-list ideas.

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