Hack Ed 2013 ideas list

#iste13 #hacked13 Yesterday I attended the annual un-conference that is before ever ISTE conference. Over the years the name of this un-conference has changed, I think it started as EduBloggerCon but then last year they changed it to SocialEdCon, which didn't last because this year it is Hack Ed. A name the better suits this crowd of educational heretics.

Here are some of the ideas I got from this year's un-conference...

1 to 1 is big. With most schools now going for the idea of a laptop/computer/tablet per child, the problems that came up during these sessions were all about how to manage all of the hardware. Everything from security issues to bandwidth were discussed.

The Maker Movement is Coming. The ideas of "makers" has been around for at least the past 15 years, but now it is finally getting traction in our schools. With many schools now opting to change their old shops and home-ec spaces into Maker Spaces. Some schools are now giving up some of their library space to be Maker Spaces. Geeks and tinkerers rejoice!

Badges are Going to Be Big. There was a lot of discussion this year around using badges to motivate students to learn more. This is another idea that has been brewing for a while, but is now starting to hit critical mass for acceptance as a viable alternative to grades.

Sorry I can't write more, but I have to get to my next event.




Edcamp Invades ASCD - Shhhhhh!

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Educational heretics unite! Which is what happened yesterday at around 4:00 pm at the ASCD conference in Chicago. While others in Chicago were preparing for an evening of St. Patrick's Day's festivities, that can only happen in the city of Chicago, a group of disruptive educators decided to get together for an impromptu Edcamp conference of their own. Code named: EdcampRogue on Twitter.

Edcamps are these unique get togethers that no one really knows how to classify worse yet, they (The Man) don't know how to control.

This event was put together with about seven minutes of thought, by the usual suspects of stirring of the educational pot; Steven Anderson, Sandra Garcia, and Nicholas Provenzano. They even found a sponsor in Edutopia in that time. With no more marketing than a few tweets, they soon had a group of 30+ educators skipping out of sessions they were suppose to be attending so they could be part of something more. Something that says, I want more than the status quo from a conference, if I want to attend a session on "Why Common Core Sucks," then I should be able to.

Those who attended learned more about the Edcamp model and how to use Twitter more effectively.

And then, without warning, it was over, the crowd dispersed and we all went about our business. Doing the things our administrators think we should be doing when we attend conferences, like attending the prim and proper sessions.

64 minutes of Ed-Conference Heaven gone, but not forgotten. VIVA LA EDCAMP!

What to do about ISTE 2012?

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As I sit here in the San Diego airport waiting for my flight to leave for home I can't help but reflect upon my five days here at ISTE 2012. Each year, as it turns out, ISTE is a little bit different than the previous years. In part, I believe, because I change and also because the world of edtech is such a moving target. Although every year has a theme, and this year's was "Expanding Horizons," there seems to be a few sub-themes that aren't published, it is something that just happens. Here are some of the sub-themes that I saw...

This was the year about mobile computing or BYOD. Although we talked a lot about mobile computing and BYOD(in theory) last year, this year we seemed to now know what to do about it. There we're tons of sessions dedicated to this topic, with many success stories to be shared and duplicated.

There was also a lot of informal discussions about edupreneurs (educators who are entrepreneurs). I never knew this crowd even existed until this year. And when I say informal discussions, I mean what people are talking about at lunch and in the hallways between sessions.

This was one of the most positive years as far as the vibe among edtech educators. I don't thing we feel as beat up as in years past - I think we are finally coming into our own. And we are a force to be reckoned with. Most of us are turning into our own advocates for change - I think we feel not so alone after attending this ISTE.

I just checked my idea list from this year and there are 42 items on it, and over the coming weeks I will narrow it down to about 4 or 5 things I will try in my school with my students, but it is these ideas that are going to change things, these are the big things.

Thank you ISTE for another great year - well done and I can't wait until next year. Watch out Texas, here we come!

- Brad Flickinger, tech teacher, Bethke Elementary


New Podcast Episode: Day Two of Podstock 2011

#edtech #edchat #elemchat #podstock2011 I just uploaded a new episode of Elementary Tech Teacher's Journal.

Episode Number 33 (special episode from Podstock 2011)

"Day Two of Podstock 2011"

Show Notes

Here is my summary of Day Two of Podstock 2011 in Wichita, Kansas.


This week's episode is sponsored by Atomic Learning.

My 5 big take-aways from TIE Colorado 2011

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I am stuck on my plane at the terminal in Denver while they fix a sensor, so I am taking some time to write this post before I head to Philly for ISTE (so far we have been stuck on the Tarmac for 2 hours). To say that this year's TIE conference was amazing would be an understatement, so here are my top five take-aways from this incredible conference.

1. TEXTBOOKS ARE DEAD: I love libraries just as much as anyone, but the reality is that digital media is getting bigger and bigger, especially when it comes to textbooks. The time will come in the near future that schools, districts, teachers and students will embrace the idea that to have digital textbooks is more economical and practical than tree-killing paper ones.

2. TWITTER IS NOT JUST A PASSING CRAZE: last week Apple announced that Twitter will be built into its upcoming new release of it's new operation system (IOS), meaning that it will be integrated into everything. Here at TIE, there was a big separation between the Tweeters and Non-Tweeters. Those on Twitter got so much more from the conference because of everything they were getting from Twitter. I loved to follow the back channels from the different sessions to keep up on everything that was happening and what other attendees were thinking.

3. THE CLOUD IS THE FUTURE: Those in the know, do not store anything on their computers, that's so last year. Instead, everything is in the cloud -- mostly by using Google Docs. There is an incredible feeling of power when you know that you can get all your files that you have ever created on any device; smart phone, iPad, laptop, etc. Some people even demonstrated the idea of a personal cloud in your house that allows you to access your information from anywhere. Nice!

4. BUILDING A PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK IS CRITICAL: my PLN is everything to me, and being at TIE allowed me to add some really incredible people. People that will help me be a better tech teacher, people that I can turn to for advice and ideas, people that are passionate about what they do.

5. EDTECH PEOPLE LOVE WHAT THEY DO: it doesn't matter if it is a session that you are sitting in or attending a social gathering, you soon find out that for the most part these edtech people are crazy about what they do -- some to the point of obsession. But it's all good.

So there are five things from my list of over 25 things that I am going to take back to my school. Farewell TIE for this year and I'll count the days until we can get together next year and do this again. I had a great time and I know that this coming school year is going to be so much better thanks to my time at TIE.

- Brad Flickinger

Just Checked In: TIE Colorado


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Just got checked into my condo at Copper Mountain Resort and picked up the name badge and info for speaking at TIE Colorado. It looks like it is going to be a great conference, the woman in front of me while checking in said it is way better than ISTE, so I am looking forward to the sessions.

The theme this year is "New Frontiers." Boy, they aren't kidding. Edtech is going through a lot of changes and reform so I hope to get a lot of ideas over the next four days.

I'll keep you posted on what I learn.

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Getting the most out of ISTE 2011

#edtech #edchat #elearning #iste11 With ISTE 2011 only a few weeks away, I have started my to-do list for the things that I want to get done while in Philadelphia at ISTE.

1. STEAL AS MANY IDEAS AS POSSIBLE. I try to attend as many sessions, courses and presentation and look for ideas that I can take back to my school. A few months from now when I am showing my staff a cool new website that I use -- I get all the credit and I look like a hero to my principal -- thank you ISTE!

2. FIND INTERESTING PEOPLE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER. I love to use Twitter so I use ISTE as a time to find new people to follow. Most presenters will conclude their presentation with some contact info that usually includes their Twitter handle. So if you are not already using Twitter, set up an account before you go to ISTE and start to follow people you meet.

3. FIND MORE OF “MY” PEOPLE. I spend most of my life thinking that I am a strange techno-freak, but when I come to ISTE I realize that I am not alone in the universe. Last year I hung out in the blogger’s lounge and met a lot of really cool people -- I have wanted my whole life to hang out with cool people and at ISTE I do. And by cool, I mean freaks like me.

4. LOOK FOR NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES. I love the showroom floor most of all. I love to talk to all the vendors and find out about new things for my classroom and school. When I think of the new and innovative things that I have added to my classroom over the past 12 years -- 95% of those things came from seeing them demonstrated at ISTE (or NECC as it used to be known as). I like to hang out at the Atomic Learning booth, so stop by and see if I am there.

That about does it. Of course, I didn’t put on my list the regulars like eating myself into a fog, hanging out with old friends, making new ones. Basically, ISTE is what you make of it, so go and have fun and learn a little about why the world of edtech is so exciting.

See you there.


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