Monday, June 24th

Brief Introductions (8:30 – 9:00)


Technology Knowledge Survey (9:00 – 9:15)

This survey will help us understand you as a user of technology.  Please answer it honestly so that we can challenge you at an appropriate level and provide appropriate support where needed.  We will also use this information to develop the groups that you will work with on some of your major projects, so a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses are key.


QUICK FIRE #1: Define Yourself in a Picture (9:15 – 10:15)

Please take the next hour to scavenge the area in search of something to photograph.  This photograph should represent who you are.  It is a photograph of something that defines parts of you or all of you.  We will use these photographs to more formally introduce you to the group.

When you return from your excursion at 10:05 am, please upload your photo to your device and name it Define Lastname.extension (ex. Define Sweeney.jpg )

You will then upload this to the shared Picasa web album.  You should have received an e-mail invite to this web album while you were on your hunt for the perfect photo.  In this e-mail, click “View Album”.  If you are not familiar with this process to upload photos, please refer to this resource provided by Google, who owns Picasa,

If you are finished with the above activity and  interested in learning more about the use of or set up with Picasa shared web albums, you can take a look at this resource.  It is important that you follow these steps while in Picasa  If you are a Google+ user, it may try to send you to the web albums in Google+.  There should be a yellow box in the center  at the top with a message about going to Picasa instead that allows you to follow these instructions.  Create a collaborative photo album in Picasa


Expanded Intro (10:15 – 11:00)

We will be using the pictures you submitted to the Google Drive folder to learn more about who you are and what you feel symbolizes you.


Course Overview (11:00 – 12:00)

Hopefully you have already had the opportunity to read through the course syllabus that was sent to you prior to courses beginning.  However you can easily access this information from our course website under the Nuts and Bolts section.

Please also be sure to regularly check the requirements of the 3 big projects and the one on going project to help you stay on track with requirements over the next month.


Debate: Technology Revolutionizing Education (1:00 – 2:00)

This activity involves a debate… two groups and two sides. You will be randomly distribute to a group and groups will be randomly assigned to a position – yes, technology is revolutionizing education and no, technology is not revolutionizing education. You will have 20-30 minutes to gather in a group and discuss your position and find information/materials/etc you want to support your position. We will then have 20-30 minutes to debate and, time pending, time to reflect at the end. The point is for us – regardless of our own personal opinions – to think about the role of technology in education. And if your assigned position differs from your personal, that will only help fuel later class discussion about cognitive dissonance.

“Remarkable new technology is introduced into the school system and experts predict education will be revolutionized. The technology will, as never before, allow the widespread dissemination of new concepts and ideas that stimulate young minds and free the teacher for more creative pursuits. Yet, the magic fails to materialize, and within a few years articles appear in the popular press asserting that the failure obviously arises from the teachers not being skilled enough in the new technology.”

When you ask if technology will revolutionize education, I say…


What makes a GREAT conference? (2:00 – 3:30)

Take a minute to reflect on all the conferences you have attended for professional growth.  Most likely you have had mixed experiences. Some conferences have left you inspired and yearning for more, while others left you wishing you could have all the time back that you had spent making sub plans.

Using Padlet, formerly Wallwisher, you will be contributing at least two posts that share your past experience with conferences.  One post will be something that made them GREAT and the other will be something that made them NOT GREAT.  You may contribute many more if you wish, but also take the time to read through each others posts. To get started, go to the Padlet we have setup for you at

Now that you have had time to reflect and discuss what makes a conference GREAT, it is time to start thinking about the Y2 GREAT conference.  Let’s begin by taking a look at the project description.

Are you still in need of inspiration and guidance?  Take a look at the conference resources developed by the MAET groups.  Feel free to also explore other conference resources online to get inspiration.

And, of course, some humor on what NOT to do at a conference:

Your groups will be, drumroll please….

Tuesday, July 7, 2013 – 1:00 – 4:00pm

Did you forget who your group was?



o   Read Willingham Chapter 1

o   Review the website and expectations

o   Begin work on Conference

o   Ways to wake the dead and inspire action article