Tag Archive: presentation

Oct 28

Course 5-Post 5: iPads in the classroom

Halloween Read Aloud

While using a new tool in the classroom can be scary, ideas are flowing and the ball is rolling in the right direction at RIS. Our ES iPad team (a balanced and dedicated group of early-adopters and not-so early-adopters) met during their lunch time to help make the decision-making process what it needs to be…shared.

ES iPad Team
As a result of our meeting, the iPads are being distributed to the classrooms (Pre-S up to 1st grade) so that teachers can familiarize themselves with the iPad and various apps that have been downloaded. Also, teachers can then experiment with the use of the iPad with small groups.

The second grade took the initiative to try-out using the iPads to help showcase their learning of insect life-cycles via Voicethread.

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Here are the examples from Ms. Lisa and Ms. Supen’s class. I invite readers to listen to the students’ projects and leave a comment. Since the 2nd grade just started posting on their website, I am sure any comments would be received enthusiastically. :)

Just recently, the kindergarten class was working on describing emotions. They used Comic Life to take pictures of the students showing the different facial expressions associated with emotions such as sad, happy, excited, disappointed, etc. Even though it was the first time for the students and the teachers using the iPad, but the students were engaged and the lesson went smoothly. After taking the photos, students added the emotions in the speech bubbles in Comic Life.

In a later I will share the student versions along with the teacher versions.

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Oct 21

Course 5-Post 3: iPads in the Elementary

On Friday, October 5, 2012, our school held an entire day dedicated to thoughtful integration of IT with the curriculum.

21st Century Learning Day
Tim Pettine, our IT Director, started off the event sharing Dr. Reuben Puentera’s work and the SAMR model to the entire faculty.
21st c day schedule
Teaming up with Dainty, our Information Technology coach for the elementary division, we planned and delivered our first PD for the elementary staff.

While uploading the presentation to Slideshare, the website recommended the following presentation. Not only did we gain an additional iPad resource when sharing online, but also we gained over 100 views!

In our Mac Lab, we just had the IT technicians set-up the lab space for wireless connectivity. As a result, our staff was also able to try-out the web-based iPad apps.

21st Century Learning Day
Learning together on the iPads.
Teachers and staff did well learning and exploring with the iPads during our short introductory session.
ES iPads #1

Small steps forward using technology are ok. I appreciate Benjamin Sheridan sharing his thoughts on how iPads can be used to improve a lesson. Here in the photos is one teacher trying out using the iPad with a small group of students soon after the workshop.
iPad in the first grade
Teachers are excited to utilize a new tool in the classroom. As the rest of the building becomes wired for wifi, upgrades in the infrastructure are being done to support the use of iPads+ in the classroom.

At the end of the workshop, we asked for names of teachers who were willing to serve on the iPad committee to help make shared-decisions on how best to facilitate the learning and manage the iPad roll-out. After our initial workshop, we have 22 iPads available for use in the ES and an initial four people on the iPad committee to help decide what will best meet the teacher and student needs.

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Jun 09

Course 4 Final Project-Dream Academy

How it all started
For the final project, I teamed up with our ES counselor, Naho Kikuchi to dream up a promotional video for our ideal school.  While were stretched for time, we were committed to work together for one last time.  We knew that two heads were better than one so we carved out some time to sit down together with a MacBook Pro and a few loose concepts.

photo courtesy of Superkimbo

The process
Before beginning to write things out, we started some conversations with some of our colleagues.  We talked to variety of faculty members to get some ideas flowing.  One of our conversations was with one colleague who discussed some of the take-away’s they had after recently reading Tony Wagner’s book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.   While many points were discussed, one of the main ideas that stood out was creating a learning environment for students not focused on the content, but more on the process.  A school where teachers and administrators nurtured a learning community where they acted more as facilitators of the learning rather than the dispensers of knowledge.
We also watched and enjoyed Sean Thompson’s promotional presentation for Doshisha International School.  The slide show told rich story with a strong narrative and corresponding photos.
Naho and I wanted to keep the presentation inline with the teachings Presentation Zen–clean and simple.  Therefore we tried to keep it to as few of words as possible.  We also wanted to keep the presentation generic.  Inspired by a presentation that we had seen previously related to professional learning communities, we kept to a simple format of a black background with white letters.
Without any pictures included in the original presentation, our thought was that we could ask students and staff for their participation.  Students and staff could submit their photos of what they thought captured the essence of the ideas presented.
A final product would be the work of the community–photos submitted by a class,  grade level, or a division.
Technical details
We first started the project with Google Presentation.  Naho and I could easily share our ideas and make edits as necessary.
Later, as we started to work on timing and transitions, we transferred the project to Power Point to help work on the details.
Thanks, to my colleague and ITC, Mike Moody, I learned of Slideboom, an online service that allowed me to maintain the look and feel of the presentation by maintaining the slide transitions and accompanying sound track.


We had a bit of a challenge with working with appropriate files that would upload correctly.


The end result

Of course this project is still a work in progress, but I am happy with the result that is included below.

I ran across many technical issues with trying to get the transitions and music to be saved or uploaded without having some aspect of the presentation lose integrity.

In the end, this is what worked best to create a presentation that would retain the transitions, timing, and sound track with a minimum number of glitches

Please let me know your thoughts or send in any photos that you think would go well with the presentation.

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Mar 30

Key Words and Visuals-What Contributes to the Story?

First of all, thank you, Garr Reynolds for (pooping a lot) providing many resources and examples to help guide my presentation development.  Having watched Reynolds-sensei present on TEDxTokyo, reading his blog, and watching and reading other interpretations of Zen and the Art of Presentation, I know that I have just scratched the surface on how to sharpen my presentation skills.   I appreciate the material made available for access on the Internet and I find value in what is being presented as Reynolds-sensei works to bring harmony with western and eastern thinking.

Searching for other Garr Reynolds resources on the web, I stumbled upon a presentation that Garr made at Google.  I found this presentation to be more educational for me as the hour workshop provided additional resources and it allowed for dialogue with the audience.  The presentation is embedded below.

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Trying to apply some of the teachings of Presentation Zen, I worked to simplify and refine the content of the presentation.  One take away from Garr’s Google presentation is…What is the story that you want the audience to walk away with?  Sometimes I forget about that story and go straight to listing the facts or possibly including non-essential information.  When working on revising this presentation, I made an effort to decrease the amount of text and increase the visuals focusing on what contributed to telling the story.  I have included a select number of presentation slides below.  On the left are the original slides.  On the right are the revised slides (revision still in process).




I looked at this slide and I thought that while it was informative, but a little on the bland side.






The revised slide on the right is a step in the right direction.  It shows blue skies and a “positive outlook” for the school year.  There is the healthy green of the trees and the learning environment looks fertile.  :)







The revised slide makes the kids the focus and it clearly shows the students in their restaurant role play.








Also, I decided to take the initial wording from the original slide, reduce the wording to only three key words, and include more visuals.



















Original slide







Focus on the key imagery–listening and speaking.







For this slide, I remember pretty much reading from the slide.  As mentioned by many, it is important to keep the slide simple.  If necessary, the important information can be included in a hand-out for future reading/reference.








Perhaps this is the slide with the most drastic change.  Meeting diverse needs, I ran across this picture of bamboo.  While I know that Garr presented on the lessons of bamboo in the TedxTokyo talk, I liken the bamboo to the elementary students.  Bamboo ranges from shoots to tall stalks.  Students range from first graders losing their first teeth to fifth graders bursting out of their chairs and desks.


The story behind the slide makes this slide much more interesting than the original slide.  The imagery of bamboo shooting up to the sky tells a more interesting story than the previous bullet points.

Reading over this post, I am happy with the visual results.  Compared to the original slides, I am much more moved and inspired by the revised slides.  (I am easy to please.)  This process has been good for me and I can see using this post as a future reference when I need another quick recap on how to purify my presentations.

While I understand that I still have much to improve with my presentations, I believe I have taken one small step towards presentation enlightenment.


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Oct 16

Geeking Out and Speed Geeking

It was an inspiring weekend, participating in the 2-day workshop, “The Networked Educator”. There was a wealth of information and resources that flowed on the first day. Thank you Kim and Chris for organizing and running the event. I appreciated the second day of the workshop to help solidify the learning from day one and also to help clarify and try out some of the ideas.
At the workshop, I experienced Speed Geeking for the first time. Not only was it informative, but also it was fast-paced, and a little exciting. (Am I getting a little too geeky now?) The set-up was a little like surfing the web. I could have just typed in “IT that can help me in the classroom” into the search engine window and it would have pulled-up a page view of different links. With speed geeking, I had real people, who were armed with laptops sharing their expertise and advice about their application of technology to education. I learned about Wolfram online computative system, Wiki’s used in the classroom, iPad projects for lower-elementary students, and more. The list continues on and with IT now, I can go to the shared document to refresh my memory about the presentations and tap back into the notes and links posted. The connections made in this brief speed geeking session were not longer than a few minutes, but with today’s technology I can strengthen the learning from particular sessions by reading the presenter’s blog or connecting via Twitter. On a tangent, but related to my learning from Speed Geeking, I was reading about the features for the soon to be released iPhone 5. It mentions that one of the new features of the phone will be the ability to directly connect to Wolfram. While I am not especially a fan of Wolfram, it is interesting that once you do get “networked”, certain topics or bits of information surface up in different areas–a news article, a Tweet, a blog post, etc.

This euphoria from learning a new thing about technology was a motivational moment for me. It reminded me of a time my 5-year old son just recently discovered how to download an app[ ] lication from the iPad. I had recently downloaded an application and my son had gotten his hands on the iPad before the 15-minute window expired. Whether he planned it or not, he went for the flying game and in a few minutes he cried out, “Dad, I downloaded a game!”. He was excited and proud of his accomplishment. I couldn’t really get mad at the boy for successfully navigating the iTunes store and finding a game that he found interesting. I asked him, “How did you do that?”. He showed me the process and then later exclaimed, “I am a genius!”. It was a classic moment. But what does this show, it shows that 5-year old boy is motivated to get tech saavy and he feels rewarded when he learns a new skill. Way to geek out, son!

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