I've been wanting to attend a real Launch Me Session for at least a year now. It's a little difficult to attend if you live as far away from KS as I do. So when I saw there was a 45 min. preview, I took a front row seat. I also couldn't pass up the chance to listen to Kevin Honeycutt speak. He says so many things that make me think. His stories draw me in and remind me why I began my journey as an educator. :)
"You guys are dying of humble. Where are the stories of what you are doing with your students? If you don't want to brag on yourself, brag on your kids." Many teachers are so worried that their colleges will be mad at them. They hear, "Stop it, or we are all going to have to do that!" When I step back and think about it, it's completely true of myself. I'm not completely ready to brag on myself, but I'm 100% ready to brag on the kids and the amazing teachers I work with. It's definitely the place to start.
I've always been scared to share because I thought people might be critical or judgmental. I really need to get over that. It just doesn't feel comfortable to me. One thing I picked up from this conference is, if you get too comfortable, you'll stop learning. Kevin said, "Anytime you don't feel brave, remember you are a warrior for your kids." Just think, "I might get beat, but I'm going to fight." I'm going to do this. I still want to attend the whole Launch Me Session with Kevin Honeycutt. I want to continue to learn and improve my skills as a educator and presenter. I want to inspire others the way Kevin inspires me.
"Know why you are here. This will direct you as you plan, grow, and learn." Kevin Honeycutt
The room was set up like a crime scene. It really felt exciting when you entered. QR Codes were placed on the outlined bodies. We had the chance to investigate storytelling. I wish I would have taken more notes during this session. I blame Dean and Wesley. I was so busy investigating that I forgot to write things down. I was engaged. :) These guys had the class moving around, scanning QR Codes to view digital stories, then answering questions that required us to really pay attention to the digital story. I think my partner and I watched the digital stories 3 times each just to make sure we caught everything and invesitgated well. We were able to view the class input with a shared spreadsheet. When we regrouped, we used padlet to share our thoughts. Teachers added great feedback to the CSI Padlet.
Dean Mantz also shared something that I will continue to share with educators I work with. "Don't think of FAIL as a negative. It's just the First Attempt in Learning." Try it again.
I attended this session and learned about a lot to tools that can be used in the classroom. Our students are gaming. Why use gaming in the classroom? It's fun, active and immersive. Curtis said we don't need to spend more time playing video games, we need better use of them.
Tools that were shared during this session.
Link to the majority of the Tools Curtis shared during his session.
iCivics - games to help children really understand Citizenship and Participation, Separation of Powers, The Constitution and Bill of Rights, The Judicial Branch, The Executive Branch, The Legislative Branch, and Budgeting.
Google Earth + 3D Simulators - to learn and explore places on Earth
Minecraft -a game that allows you to build anything you can imagine. Check out the article Curtis wrote about Minecraft for Ed Week.
SimCity - a game that allows you to build. Look for SimCityEDU to launch.
Curtis talked about rethinking the way we display student success. Teachers can think about game design and begin looking at using progress bars instead of grades. What about using leader boards instead of grades? What if we allow the students to level up in class? Students would begin at the lowest level and aim to reach a higher level. He even challenged the audience to consider allowing the students to design their own game for achievement. For homework, I shall watch Classroom Game Design: Paul Anderson at TEDxBozeman as recommended by Curtis Chandler.
"Instead of asking how do I get my students to learn this, ask how do I get my students to experience this." Curtis Chandler