Tuesday, June 25

Storify Your Course (8:30 – 9:00)


We will be using the tool Storify to document the activities of the day. This will help provide you with a glimpse back at what we did each day in the event that you will want to apply some of these things to your own classroom. Having access to the details and highlight should help keep the information fresh for you when you start the new school year.

Each student will be responsible for creating one Storify for the class this summer.  Please take a look at what day you are responsible for and mark your calendar.  Now that you have seen the example created by the instructors for Day 1 (see http://storify.com/ebouck/maet-2013-year-2-day-1 or embedded within the Daily Agenda for Day 1), take until 9:00 to create your account, explore the features available to consider how you might create your Storify for the class, and sign up for a Day on which to your Storify (see www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4DAEAD2FABF49-storify) to sign up. Please note most days there will be only 1 individual, but on 4 days we will have 2 people creating Storify given our numbers.

Want more information about Storify… check it out: https://storify.com/xdamman/tedxbrussels-reactions-to-my-speech

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Willingham Book Club – Chapter 1 (9:00 – 10:00)

As you might expect, the required reading is important for supporting the content of our classes this summer. To help you conceptualize the first chapter of Willingham’s book, we are asking you to generate a concept map that highlights and organizes the key points from the chapter. To complete this task, you will work with a partner within a specific online concept mapping tool. We ask that as you build your concept map, that you evaluate the features of the tool for use in the classroom. Look at it from the perspective of your classroom, but if it isn’t age appropriate for your classroom, consider how it could be used at other levels.

Let’s first start by brainstorming some features that are key to a quality online concept mapping tool.  Please go to our Answer Garden to contribute your thoughts on key features.

Tips for Answer Garden: 1. Answers must be less than 20 characters, 2. Resubmit the ones you agree with to visually show their importance.

Time to get started, see who will be your partner and the tools you will explore and evaluate by going to the Tool Feature Matrix spreadsheet.

Upon completing your concept map, please share your finished product publicly. You will then want to copy this link and add it to the Tool Feature Matrix. If the tool that you used doesn’t allow you to share it publicly online or is not an online tool, print/save the concept map as a PDF and upload it to the MAET Y2: Collaboration Folder.  Please title it as Concept Map Lastnames (ex. Concept Map Bouck & Sweeney.pdf).  You will want to get the link from this PDF once it is uploaded to Google Drive and submit that link to the form mentioned just above.

Just an FYI to Willingham… he has his own blog, but if you have not yet seen his website check it out as well…


Presentation Tools and Techniques ( 10:00 – 12:00 )

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As you prepare for the GREAT conference, it is important that you are thinking innovatively about how you can engage your audience with your presentation and move beyond a tired and overwhelming slideshow. As technology advances and creative minds innovate, the type of resources available to us are improving quickly. Some of these tools allow you to present the information in a more dynamic way to engage audiences with the information, others provide a better way of organizing content to increase understanding, a few allow the audience to participate and provide feedback on understanding, and then there are the tools that open opportunities to keep the presenter mobile and center stage. Yesterday as you reflected on what makes a conference GREAT, you most likely recognized that rarely do GREAT presentations use just one of these tools alone. Today we are going to take a look at some examples of these different tools and explore some of the tricks of the trade that you and your teams can implement to help make this conference GREAT!

The importance of less is more! Sadly few people and presenters know the “rules” of presentation, especially the format of slideshow presentations. It will be important for you to understand why less is more when designing a presentation. It is even more important to teach others these standards.

As leaders with technology, it is imperative that you model best practices while presenting information to others. Be sure to keep in mind that it isn’t about using the coolest or newest tool, but instead about selecting the best way to present the information to ensure your audience leaves with a hearty understanding of the content.

Staying mobile

  • Reflector App – http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/

  • Splashtop Whiteboard – http://www.splashtop.com/home

Audience Participation

  • Nearpod – ARPUD

  • Polleverywhere – http://www.polleverywhere.com/ssweeney602

  • Backchanneling (Today’s Meet) – http://todaysmeet.com/Y2presents

Flipping the Learning

  • Explain Everything – http://www.explaineverything.com/

  • Screencast-o-matic – http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screen_recorder

Don’t forget to repurpose

  • Wikispaces

  • WordPress Blogs

Lunch (12:00 – 1:00)


Evaluating Presentation Tools (1:00 – 2:00)

Now that we have had time to refresh ourselves on the best practices of presentations and see a few tools in action, we would like you to dive into evaluating a tool that could be used to present from or to create resources or supports for your presentation.

Before you begin, let’s head to Answer Garden to collect a few ideas around the classroom for different tools that can be used to present.

You will take the next hour to explore within your conference presentation teams, a variety of presentation tools.  Explore and evaluate the different features to help you learn more about their capabilities and limitations.  Develop some kind of way that you will document and compare the features of the different tools you explore.

Conference Work Time (2:00 – 3:30)

This is your time to work on the conference. Tomorrow Emily and Sean will be checking in with the different groups to determine progress thus far. Please review the requirements highlighted within the Kind of a Big Deal section of the web site to help guide you in your planning process. http://msuedtechsandbox.com/maety2-2013/great13-conference/

FYI… conference attendance outside of MAETers

*** Please remember #GREAT13 to promote (and during conference if desired)


  • Are you in charge of the Storify for the day?

  • Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. (2009). Too cool for school? No way! Using the TPACK framework: You can have your hot tools and teach with them, too. Learning and Leading with Technology, May, 14-18.

  • Mishra, P., Koehler, M. J., Kereluik, K. (2009). The song remains the same: Looking back to the future of educational technology. TechTrends, 53(5), 48-53.

  • Google Search Course (if you have not completed it yet)

  • Ongoing GREAT conference preparation

Recommended/not required: