|Why Blog With Learners?|
There was an activity using Google Drawing as an interesting tool to allow collaboration on a topic, sharing and sorting of ideas about why we blog with learners, which I would use in the classroom in the future. I just need the computers in the classroom to be able to implement these tools :P
The third session gave some ideas about how to create a learning environment using sites, maps, docs etc. Nothing new really though I did like the idea of having, per lesson, a Scribe - or Google Jockey as I refer to them - so every learner has notes, as well as a researcher who answers the questions that arise in the lesson. I also really like the idea of taking the rubric for a project and creating a form that can be shared for peer assessment really easily.
The fourth and final directed workshop is about assessing and scaffolding research skills. Generally a little flat compared to some of the other workshops - could just be because it is a Sunday afternoon though it was a little disappointing to have a final session be so lifeless. There were however, some interesting links that can be incorporated into my extended essay website that I will use so still a useful session in that respect.
The final session is a wrap up in the drama studio about the importance of building a personal learning network. I featured twice - as a Tweeter and a Google+er - PLN is the way forward and these social media tools make it so easy.
It was an amazing conference and I learned so much. I am buzzing with ideas and projects and experiments - I just need our school to go 1:1 as soon as possible to make it happen.
Thank you to SAS, Google, EduTech and all the presenters for allowing this opportunity for sharing learning experiences.