NJ Teacher’s Convention

The first day of teacher’s convention was full of information.

Today I presented on Augmented Reality and QR Codes. While it’s hard to see the benefits of AR in slides, click here to see my notes and ideas.

Tomorrow I present on creating and iBook, creation and copyright. Download my iBook that is full of how-tos here.

During the day I learned a few best practices for Google Docs:

  • writing a choose your own story using Google Slides
  • creating a PARCC ready Research Simulation task using Google Classroom

I was able to listen to Jon Bergmann talk about connecting with each student using The Flipped Classroom. My takeaways

  • We need to change the way teach because currently our lessons are not teaching everything they needIMG_0656 2
  • Keep videos short- about 1.5 minutes per grade level
  • Do NOT lecture because the students did not watch the video
  • Make sure to have a plan for students who do not watch
  • Plan for students with incomplete understanding
  • Make your own videos!
  • Teach students how to watch, pause, rewind, and take notes during videos
  • Use Educanon and/or EdPuzzle

Best of all I spent time last night and today with other Hi Tech Hall presenters.

I played with and now want a Dash Robot.IMG_0666

Meri @geekyteach and Marcus had me eyeing a Polar 3D Printer, and enjoyed its simplicity.

I listened to a High School teacher explain how she uses Raspberry Pis and Scratch to teach Literacy. IMG_0660 

Kathi @kerszi showed me PoplAR makes books and posters with apps for Augmented Reality. I cannot wait to start acquiring some of their stuff.


Kathi also shared Design Studio an resource she received from Kevin @kjarret.


She also showed me her Ozobot cubes. CTEt3DrUAAAxOAJ

Marcus let me look through a great book: Invent to Learn Guide to Fun


Another day tomorrow and it’s been great spending time with like minded people learning new things and sharing knowledge with others.