Another awesome #caisct Academic Technology Retreat!

making a buzzerEach year, the CAIS Academic Technology Retreat never disappoints. It’s filled with amazing, thoughtful, forward-thinking educators who debate, discuss and explore ways in which they can improve and enhance the learning experiences for their students. This year, our Keynote was Don Buckley.  His topic was “Design and Maker Thinking.”  Don is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of  Tools at Schools.  The focus of his presentation was to investigate the teaching and learning of design and maker thinking in schools. We thoroughly enjoyed his animated and engaging presentation and I, personally, loved his break-out session where we were challenged to design a wearable technology that would change the student learning experience as we know it.

Here are my tweets from my time at the retreat. (I needed to leave early due to commitments back at school.)

https://twitter.com/lcarroll94/status/466938856047394816

 

Here is a link to other tweets from the event.

Here is a link to our “App Smackdown.” Feel free to add your favorite tool/app to it!

This tweet by Rush Hambleton is, by far, one of the most powerful things about this retreat, and one of the many reasons it’s not to be missed each year.  Thanks for another awesome, awesome learning experience!

Here are some additional photos from the event.

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Redecorate Your Room!

Bed-Bath-Beyond-logoAs a culminating assessment for a PreAlgebra unit in decimals, percents and graphing, I decided to teach students about the useful tool of a Google Spreadsheet. After introducing some basic terminology and functionality of a spreadsheet, students will be given $400 to spend at Bed, Bath and Beyond to redecorate their room. It is my hope that they will find this activity engaging and, at the same time, teach them how easy calculations can be when using a spreadsheet. I will also introduce the basics of creating a bar chart. I thought I’d share in case anyone else was looking for this type of activity.