From the “Draw Some Awesome” activity station at the NYSCI reception.
he Google Experience for Young Users, Part 1
The Google Experience for Young Users, Part 2
Visual Summaries, Al Fresco (Outside).
We wheeled out some of the visual summaries outside for better light for photos. I liked the way this image came out with people sitting in front!
Anne Balsamo and Eric Siegel
David Monina Sengeh
Young Makers from Sierra Leone
Photos from the “Draw Some Awesome” station at the NYSCI reception:
In the zone.
Artifacts, left behind.
Final note. This conference had a lot of resonance for me as a parent, as a former director of a technology education after school program, and as someone who has worked in the interactive design world. I hope the event was powerful, useful and delightful for you, and that you enjoyed your stay in New York City.
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The Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU has over 2500 alumni working at the forefront of interactive media, communications, design and art. At long last we are coming together to create a formal alumni association to keep the value of the program alive and vital after we graduated. I graduated from ITP in 2004 and I was delighted to return to the fourth floor to capture the ideas bouncing around the meeting in the form of an information mural. Although many of ITP’s alumni do great stuff after grad school, there are common concerns, like managing student loans and optimizing professional development in a constantly changing technology and professional environment.
I go to a lot of conferences. The Common Ground conference in Baltimore is hands down one of my favorites. The conference is for educators who want to think about how to provide a great learning experience for kids in the 21st century. I provided graphic recording a couple of years ago when the conference had a different name. It was great to be invited back in 2013 to support their event. Since then it has expanded it’s scope and mission. One of the things I really love about the team that puts the event together—they are open to letting me experiment. I took this opportunity to do do visual accompaniment to two presenters, using my iPad to draw sketchnotes in real time and project them, as a kind of organicly growing slide show. Then after the fact, I turned screen recordings of my sketchnotes and turned them into the video recaps below:
Classroom Management for the Middle Level Educator- Managing the Madness
This video uses notes I created on an iPad of Jack Berckemeyer‘s hilarious and thought provoking talk about classroom management in a middle school setting. Middle school kids offer unique challenges (and comic relief) for educators. I appreciate that Jack was a good sport and let me do my thing while he gave his talk. On the other hand, if your natural element is middle school, this was probably not that tough for him.This is my interpretation of Jack’s talk. Any mistakes or omissions are mine. For the real thing, go see him in person, or do a YouTube search for his name. Jack is full of insights, practical ideas, and humor about how to make middle school education better.
Building Collaborative School Culture With Data
While the title of Christopher O’Neal‘s talk sounds completely different from Jack’s in the end, they are informed by a common theme—getting people to work together better in order to provide better education for kids. Chris talked about how important it is for principles to model good uses of data and gave several examples of how that might work. He even polled the people in the room to gather data about what we thought was the most important quality we wanted to cultivate in our students. Again, this is video is comprised of my impressions of his talk–any omissions or errors are mine. If you are interested in using data in a humane, powerful way to help build a great culture in your school, you might want to check out Christopher’s book: Data-Driven Decision Making: A Handbook for School Leaders.
I also had the pleasure of leading a mini-session on using pencil on paper drawing techniques to develop education projects. Thanks to all the participants!
Thanks again to the Common Ground team for inviting me to be part of this very special conference.
Bonus: How I made these videos
Somebody from the conference asked me how I created the videos, so just in case anyone else is curious here is a brief explanation.
1) During the talks, I took notes on an iPad using the Penultimate app. I used Penultimate because it’s a very easy to use, basic, drawing app. Also the page transitions when I went from one digital sketchpad page to another did not appear in the projection, so this made it less distracting for folks who were in the room than some other sketching apps.
2) I recorded my iPad screen by having the screen appear on my Macbook Air laptop and using Quicktime to record what was happening onscreen (I could not find a way to do a screen recording of my iPad without sending the iPad screen over to my computer). To have the iPad screen appear on my laptop, I installed a free program on the laptop called Reflector. I connected the iPad and laptop via bluetooth. I see that the Reflector site is not loading for me as I write this, so I don’t know if they are still an operating company. If you can’t use reflector, google “How do I mirror iPad on my computer?” to see how to do this.
3) This left me with some very long video clips (each talk was over an hour). I imported them into iMovie, sped the clips up, cut a bunch out, and added text. Then added music.
4) I created the music in Garage Band on my laptop. Garage band gives you lots of little music snippets which you can assemble into a soundtrack.
5) Then I exported the resulting videos from iMovie and uploaded to Youtube and Google Docs for sharing.
The 2nd annual NASA Space Apps Challenge is coming up April 20-21, 2013! No matter where you live you can participate. And if you are in one of 75 cities around the world, you can join other developers, designers, and space enthusiasts in person to work on projects to improve life on Earth and in space. I will be dropping by the NYC site to help whiteboard teams’ ideas and create a visual story of the weekend.
Check out SpaceAppsChallenge.Org to learn more and get involved. I created this video to help spread the word. Feel free to share it so we can get maximum participation in this event. It is going to be stellar.
I was honored to lead a visual communication excercise at TEDxTheCollegeOfWooster, as well as to have the opportunity to visually synthesize the ideas swirling around the room during the excellent presentations. Congrats to event producer, College of Wooster student Christina Haupt, and all the other folks who pitched in to create a magical event. The overarching them connecting all the talks was “Integrity.” This event was a powerful example of different kinds of integrity, creating a powerful whole from its various parts.
Wooster, Ohio, is a fascinating town which is producing a crop of social entrepreneurs working locally and internationally. I enjoyed meeting the team behind Reach Trade Co. (Coffee sourced from farmers in Peru, with revenue channeled into improving access to clean water), the !st Amendment (food, drink, and discussion salon), and Local Roots Market & Cafe (connecting local farmers to local consumers).
The College of Wooster is equally intriguing. From Wikipedia:
Wooster is one of forty colleges named in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, in which he called it his “…original best-kept secret in higher education.” It is consistently ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report. In US News’ “Best Colleges 2011″, Wooster ranked fifth among national liberal arts colleges in the category of “Best Undergraduate Teaching,”
I had a wonderful time being part of this thought provoking and delightful event. Oh, one last thing. I highly recommend the Hotel St. Paul, where I stayed. It’s a boutique hotel with fabulous amenities and a euro design sensibility. Great place!