I must admit that I suffer from “Session Selection Anxiety,” or SSA. I stress out about fitting in all in--come on, you do it too! But with social media, we know we can get the resources from others. However, I do not have a good track record of choosing the best sessions. For the most part, this Top Ten is compiled from my PLN and not sessions I actually attended--the “beauty and the beast,” of attending conferences these days.
So without further ado, here is my TCEA Top Ten List.
3. The Commerce ISD Digital Fluency Team! I promise I am not playing favorites, but I have to give a shout out to the group from Commerce. They have made me feel like an honorary CISD Tiger!(I even got a t-shirt!) As the facilitator of their Digital Fluency Academy, I have had the privilege to work with some amazing teachers and leaders. At TCEA we connected through twitter using the #wearedigitallyfluent hashtag. Special thanks to all of the teachers who attended TCEA, and Heather Kilgore, Al Shipp, and Cari Sturch! This school district has some amazing things going on, and the support of a great superintendent, Blake Cooper. Below is our #selfiewithstuart!
1. Jake Duncan’s “Quest for Game-Based Learning” Session: Jake’s session was hands-down my favorite. I could have written this entire post just with the resources he shared in this session. I’m new to the gamification of education scene, and I am trying desperately to catch up! This session was loaded with both resources and classroom applications. A quick takeaway was the Photoseed for Minecraft App, which replaces the faces in the photo with a Minecraft face. (Great for protecting the identity of students!) Check out the wealth of resources in the link to his presentation. It was so great to finally meet Jake in person! Look out Region 10, gamification and game-based learning coming to you soon!