Live Tweet Highlights from #MassCUE15 CUEByte Speakers

Here are my aggregated live-tweet highlights from the day two CUEByte speakers at MassCUE “Dare to Innovate” fall conference, using Storify.

CUEBytes Highlights from #MassCUE15

Here are the live-tweeted highlights from the CUEByte speakers invited to present for the Dare to Innovate #MassCUE15 fall conference on day two.

  1. First speaker was Maxwell Surprenant , an 11-year-old fifth-grader at St. Joseph Elementary School in Needham, MA, an exceptionally impressive kid. Here is a video recording of his presentation.
  2. CUEByte speaker Maxwell Surprenant “I’m named after Max from ‘Where the Wild Things Are.'” good start #MassCUE15
  3. CUEByte speaker Maxwell Surprenant “I- EAT – Ideas, Entertain, take Action, use Technology” #MassCUE15
  4. Unfortunately, Max spoke pretty quickly at the top of his presentation and I was unable to catch the opening couple of parts to the I-EAT acronym.
  5. CUEByte speaker Maxwell Surprenant “Action – We must be willing to do the hard work…Quiet the negative voices.” #MassCUE15
  6. CUEByte speaker Maxwell Surprenant “When we have good ideas we can’t hide them under a rock.” #MassCUE15
  7. CUEByte speaker Maxwell Surprenant “I’m learning more and more to blog, make videos, to catch joy.” #MassCUE15
  8. CUEByte speaker Maxwell Surprenant “Once I saw the need I had to give.” One impressive kid read more:  http://bostonglobe.com/business/2015/  #MassCUE15
  9. Second speaker was Steve Vinter, engineering and site director for Google in Cambridge, MA, speaking about the need for more exposure to digital literacy but especially computer science.
  10. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “What did do deserve to get this place, following Maxwell Suprenant.” Good opening #MassCUE15
  11. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Computer education is about… digital literacy and computer science.” Good opening #MassCUE15
  12. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Computer education is really struggling all over the country but definitely in MA.” #MassCUE15
  13. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “What we [MassCAN] try to do is provide some organization and PD to support teachers.” #MassCUE15
  14. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Anything we can do to help be a catalyst for computing in the classroom.” #MassCUE15
  15. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “We’re trying to change education in MA.” #MassCUE15
  16. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “What you see, looking around the state, is individual kids already interested taking a class.” #MassCUE15
  17. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “If you want to inspire you students, be an inspiring teacher.” #MassCUE15
  18. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Introduce computing early. Introducing computing in high school doesn’t work.” #MassCUE15
  19. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Buildling stuff is what you do in computing.” #MassCUE15
  20. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Middle school is the key time to engage girls in computing. We start to lose them, if we don’t.” #MassCUE15
  21. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Exploring Computer Science, a 9th grade class, is being inclusive for all students in MA.” #MassCUE15
  22. CueByte Speaker @stevevinter “Exploring Computer Science, a 9th grade class, is being inclusive for all students in MA.” #MassCUE15
  23. CueByte Spkr @stevevinter “What provides deep engagement & traction – school district buy in. How do we get every child exposed?” #MassCUE15
  24. Third speaker was Dr. Jennifer Price, former principal of Newton North High School (MA), now superintendent of North Andover Public Schools (MA), speaking about innovation in public schools.
  25. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Change is a process not an event.” #MassCUE15
  26. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “What if all of our districts took 5-10% of our PD funding & focused it on innovation.” #MassCUE15
  27. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Libraries as Learning commons – Challenge now is to create spaces where kids can innovate.” #MassCUE15
  28. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Libraries are key to sustaining innovation.” #MassCUE15
  29. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Find partnerships – find as many ways as you can to partner… to go above and beyond.” #MassCUE15
  30. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “If you are trying to innovate, you need to get out of your building.” #MassCUE15
  31. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Ensure that you respect and bring along your mainstream teachers.” #MassCUE15
  32. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “If we are going to create a culture of innovation, we can’t think of it as an add-on.” #MassCUE15
  33. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Innovation isn’t just about STEM. If you create it…it’s all over the school” #MassCUE15
  34. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Once you start getting innovative, it can go way beyond STEM.” #MassCUE15
  35. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Senior year project is something every school in MA can do.” #MassCUE15
  36. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Senior year project – 4th term drop all classes and go deep on something they care about.” #MassCUE15
  37. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Create a hub or center of innovation…Each time I went in was a different experience.” #MassCUE15
  38. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Don’t be afraid to fail…By practicing and getting it wrong, we got it right.” #MassCUE15
  39. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “By making the mistake and really challenging situations we were abel to reform.” #MassCUE15
  40. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “By making the mistake and really challenging situations we were abel to reform.” #MassCUE15
  41. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “Follow the students. We create confines for them where we don’t let them lead.” #MassCUE15
  42. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “We may not need to go in with the answers. We go in with the processes.” #MassCUE15
  43. CueByte Speaker Dr. Jennifer Price “We absolutely have to get out of the way and follow the students.” #MassCUE15
  44. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “I’m both the book guy, tech guy, and PD guy…makes me a riveting person” #MassCUE15
  45. Fourth and final speaker Jonathan R. Werner librarian and instructional technology specialist at Cape Elizabeth Public School’s Library and Learning Commons (ME).
  46. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “I want to know how is this thing…student-centered?” #MassCUE15
  47. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “Teachers are adult students.” #MassCUE15
  48. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “One type of PD learner – Apathetic, Late, Openly Hostile Adopter.” #MassCUE15
  49. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “It’s not the technology that they are resisting. It’s the change.” #MassCUE15
  50. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “One type of PD learner – Rockstar that are way ahead of you.” #MassCUE15
  51. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “Can you come up with PD ways that are one to a few, not one to many.” #MassCUE15
  52. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “Shift to organic growth, not one to many…put teachers in driver seat.” #MassCUE15
  53. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “Teachers teaching teachers tech is incredible.” like @writingproject knows #MassCUE15
  54. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “If your PD doesn’t nurture and encourage, it’s a failure.” #MassCUE15
  55. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “I don’t want the technology to intervene.” #MassCUE15
  56. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “The term PD is ‘Yawning Gates of Hell’ for many. We need a new definition.” #MassCUE15
  57. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “What is that you can do tomorrow that is different?” #MassCUE15
  58. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “Pick something that you can really count on and put into practice tomorrow..” #MassCUE15
  59. CueByte Spkr Dr. Jonathan Werner @MaineSchoolTech “Pick something that you can really count on and put into practice tomorrow..” #MassCUE15

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Live-Tweet Highlights from #MassCUE Keynote with @Catlin_Tucker

Here are my aggregated live-tweet highlights from MassCUE “Dare to Innovate” fall conference kick-off keynote by Catlin Tucker, using Storify.

As a note, the typical Storify embed code didn’t work with the basic WordPress account. So I hacked the HTML5 alternative to make it work. Perhaps I’ll write a separate post on solving that problem quickly, while trying to get the word out and posted.

#MassCUE Keynote with @Catlin_Tucker

Here are the live-tweeted highlights from Catlin Tucker’s keynote kickoff to the Dare to Innovate MassCUE fall conference.

  1. Note: Initial Twitter handle errors for Catlin Tucker, which is @Catlin_Tucker (twitter.com/Catlin_Tucker)
  2. Keynote speaker @ #MassCUE @Caitlin_Tucker excited by novel idea as teacher, “I was going to create binders for my classroom.”
  3. Keynote speaker @ #MassCUE15 @Caitlin_Tucker excited by novel idea as teacher, “I was going to create binders for my classroom.”

  4. Twitter handle errors corrected from this point.
  5. @Catlin_Tucker “I literally skipped back into the classroom,” after teaching online for a year while on maternity leave. #MassCUE15
  6. @Catlin_Tucker an epiphany as teacher “If I make decisions from a place of fear, no positive things will happen in my classroom.” #MassCUE15
  7. @Catlin_Tucker “We won’t ever catch up. The best thing we can do is to try, learn, make mistakes. Pick one tool to learn.” #MassCUE15
  8. @Catlin_Tucker “Students need to experiment with tools to discover which one is best for the job.” #massCUE15
  9. @Catlin_Tucker “When students are forced to share b/c they do not all have adevice. They are instantly collaborating” #massCUE15
  10. @Catlin_Tucker “Not a lot of technology is needed. What we need is tenacity…I’m asking them to take risks every single day.” #MassCUE15
  11. @Catlin_Tucker “I didn’t want to just think outside the box. I wanted to break the box, in rethinking my teaching.” #MassCUE15
  12. @Catlin_Tucker “In the classroom one person is usually talking. If teacher spends majority of time talking…sends a message.” #MassCUE15
  13. @Catlin_Tucker “If you are using technology in the classroom and using one tool, it might not be the best tool next year..” #MassCUE15
  14. @Catlin_Tucker “I’m trying to give every student a voice.. so more can have a say in our clasroom.” #MassCUE15
  15. @Catlin_Tucker “I didn’t realize students needed instruction on leaving a message!” #MassCUE15
  16. @Catlin_Tucker “Nobody left their name,” leaving a message. “I had wrongly assumed that they knew…basic communication skills.” #MassCUE15
  17. @Catlin_Tucker “Students don’t want to do their best work for their teacher, but if they know other people will see it…” #MassCUE15
  18. @Catlin_Tucker “If our kids are going to make the kid of change in the world, they need have a voice.” and believe it’s important #MassCUE15
  19. @Catlin_Tucker Sharing a student’s TED-style talk from her classroom, showcasing their valuable voice, even noticed by TED #MassCUE15
  20. @Catlin_Tucker “I a lot of teachers are scared posting student work on line. Incredible things happen when students post online.” #MassCUE15
  21. @Catlin_Tucker “It’s challenging to be a student in a student-centered classroom…It’s so much harder to lean in.” #MassCUE15
  22. @Catlin_Tucker “I didn’t tell them exactly how to do it, but in the end the products were incredible.” #MassCUE15
  23. @Catlin_Tucker “What if I said, ‘I want you to make an RSA animation’ on how society shifted in Farenheit 451.” #MassCUE15
  24. @Catlin_Tucker “I was so impressed with what they were able to achieve with a phone, Google Docs, and a low tech environment.” #MassCUE15
  25. @Catlin_Tucker “What if I said, ‘I want you to plan this unit?'” Note: It works, I’ve tried that one. #MassCUE15
  26. @Catlin_Tucker “It was so exciting to see them…planning the unit… They discovered how our job is really challenging.” #MassCUE15
  27. @Catlin_Tucker “[Students] need to be doing research every single day.” #MassCUE15
  28. @Catlin_Tucker Wanted “a no Barbie house” for her daughter, but a discovery tipped her off on using infographics w/ students #MassCUE15
  29. @Catlin_Tucker “A lot of teachers think’Should you be using that with students?’…I loved Instagram scavenger hunts.” #MassCUE15
  30. @Catlin_Tucker “If they love it [students], my goal is to hijack it for learning.” #MassCUE15
  31. You can demand that students come to you & do it your way or you can go where they are & find a way to help them find their way #MassCUE
  32. @Catlin_Tucker Just posting a question requiring research on the board & waiting to see who can find the answer first #MassCUE15
  33. @Catlin_Tucker “When I was choosing books. I was limited by book room of our school. but today there aren’t those limitations” #MassCUE15
  34. @Catlin_Tucker “Annotations can now be a collaborative experience. Let them do it together… more stamina reading together.” #MassCUE15
  35. @Catlin_Tucker “Now I am in the document with my students…The experience is so much richer.” Focus is not just on product #MassCUE15
  36. @Catlin_Tucker “I want them to know that I am not their only audience. I don’t try to control what they write.” #MassCUE15
  37. @Catlin_Tucker “They are writing about things they care about and pushing it out into the world.” #MassCUE15
  38. @Catlin_Tucker “If technology doesn’t improve what we are doing then we shouldn’t be using it.” #MassCUE15
  39. @Catlin_Tucker “If kids are in a lab, why aren’t they taking pictures, shooting video?” #MassCUE15
  40. @Catlin_Tucker “Common Core gives us a common language. So a teacher in CA or MA can talk to one another.” #MassCUE15
  41. @Catlin_Tucker “There are so many things i wouldn’t know about my kids if the only way I got to know them was with pen & paper.” #MassCUE15
  42. @Catlin_Tucker “The best teachers are the best learners…It’s a journey…Be patient with yourself” #MassCUE15

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Playing with Video: Introducing What I Now Teach

As part of switching to a new position (more below), I recently started pursuing some Adobe credentials. This is the assignment that I produced for the first week in a course on Video Production.


Challenge: Create a short video about the subject you teach.

What Do I Teach? (0:40 secs on Vimeo)Narrating the Work

Recently I moved out of the classroom, sort of, becoming a technology integration coordinator at my school. This left me with a slight challenge to consider what I actually teach. Plus, a lot of people immediately answer that kind of question with a content area subject, but I remind myself all the time that it is actually people more then content.

Now I spend most of my time teaching teachers how to use the various technology tools at their disposal better, but I spent over ten years in an English classroom, focusing a lot of efforts on teaching student writers how to read like writers and write like readers. I also continue to teach an online screenwriting course with students from all over the world.

My instinct was to record people, since stories are about people, but kept questioning how clear that would be in such a short time. For whatever reason, I struggled to think of ways of capturing myself engaged with another teacher for this assignment.

Consequently, I got thinking of trying to represent writing visually and gravitated back a bit toward a subject. I also just started playing around.

I have always liked the sound of a typewriter far more than a computer keyboard, and I have similarly been drawn to film titles sequences that begin with typing of some kind. Also, given that I was leaning toward representing screenwriting in some way, the old-timey typewriter seemed a interesting fit.

Essentially, I went a bit more literal with this than I would normally. However, I started just playing and was having fun manipulating the sound of the typewriter’s clack to appear with each character and timing the carriage returns. I also pushed to 40 seconds, but that was because I thought it clever to add the unexpected screenwriterly CUT TO BLACK as the end.

In truth the whole thing might be too long, but, again, I was playing around more than anything. Also, I liked the suspense of sorts created by revealing one character at a time, which kind of withholds the words and meaning  a bit.

Reflecting on the Week

I thought this was a good opening week with a lot of the most fundamental items covered. The story structure material was interesting as an opening. I was familiar with it, but still think it was a good place to start.

Also, I am really new with Premiere, so this will be a a good experience for me, and I appreciated the short tutorials. I am going to need a lot of practice, however.