The conference kicked off with an inspirational and timely key-note from astronaut Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow) about “The Right Stuff is the Never Give Up Stuff.
Session Takeaways - What did I learn?
The session Gobs of Goodies from Google from Certified Trainer and Innovative Educator Wanda Terral (@wterral) was packed full of great tools, extensions and tips for any aspiring Google guru. Check out her list of tips and tools.
One of my favorite sessions was 40+ Edtech Tools That Will Make You the ‘Cat’s Pajamas' of Your School with Randy Norman (@english_maven). It was a fast-paced crash course of various tools. Many I was familiar with, however I enjoyed the refresher, and I was thrilled to add some new ones to my #edtech tool belt. Here's the full list of resources.
I was excited to see Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent) in-person after finishing his online #ClassGraphics course. I learned about the benefits of Instagram for Teachers. So I will be trying my hand at Instagramming soon. The session Get Creative With Google Slides reiterated some of the great ideas I learned in the Classy Graphics course and the highlight of the conference was having Tony share the digital sticky notes I created as an exemplar. I ❤d Tony’s An Emoji Education 😜 session and got some great ideas of ways to incorporate emojis including using them in your Google drive folder names.
I always enjoy the high energy presentations from Leslie Fisher (@lesliefisher) and she shared some awesome resources and tools in this year’ sessions: Tools You Can Use Tomorrow, Creating Virtual Reality, Exploring Google Classroom, The Google You Might Not Know About and iOS 11 Tips & Tricks and Leftovers with Leslie.
She had a number of great takeaways including:
Chris Craft (@crafty184) had a great session on Screencasting - Moving Beyond the Basics which included some ideas for using screencasting to engage and enhance instruction.
Exhibit Hall & Networking
The conference would not have been complete without spending time in the Exhibit Hall, catching up with colleagues and meeting new educators.
I of course had to stop by and show my love for Tim & Moby at the BrainPOP booth. It was great to meet up with fellow CBEs (Certified BrainPOP Educators) from Georgia.
Until Next Year ...
It was three days full of learning about educational technology as well as networking with passionate educators. I am already looking forward to next year.
I love my job as an Educational Technology Specialist! I am fortunate to collaborate with teachers in my district and provide unique learning experiences for students.
Recently, I had a blast recreating the famous painting the School of Athens with two AP European History classes using green screen photography.
As part of Grady High School's homecoming week activities, it is a tradition for seniors to wear togas on Friday. For several years, Ms. Looman, an AP European History teacher has worked with her students to create a tableaux of the famous painting.
One of Grady's Instructional Coaches, Ms. Hollis, suggested I might be able to help and use green screen to recreate the painting.
I was thrilled at the challenge and was eager to support the project. I met with Ms. Looman and she shared her vision for the tableaux. We began brainstorming how to get more that 20 students in the famous image, with only a 10x10 green screen.
With such a large group, I decided the most effective way would be to photograph each student separately in front of a pop up screen. It was a more time consuming process but the final product was worth it.
Green Screen by Doink has three layers you can use to create your green screen image or video. I used the bottom two layers. The bottom layer is the backround image and the middle layer is the camera. The app allows you to resize and move the layer to anywhere on the background image.
I have had a number of questions regarding the process of recreating the School of Athens using green screen. I used Green Screen by Doink so I could manipulate the placement and scale of the students. Each picture captured created the new background layer.
For those interested, here is a video.