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MICCA09 Sessions 3 & 4

miccapic2As I was presenting these myself, I wasn’t actually taking the time to give a play-by-play in Plurk.  You can see my wikis for Session 3 and Session 4 if you want my take on them, though.

Another option would be to check out Selena Ward’s Plurk log of my Session 3 and someone else’s Session 4 (She didn’t attend mine because she’s already a PLN master).  Good stuff, there.

MICCA09 Session 2 Plurk Log

theartguy MICCA Session 2: “Gaming: How do I get Started?” with Dr. BJ Gallagher

  • April 21, 2009 at 11:28 theartguy says Slight delay while scrounging for a laptop.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:30 theartguy says Handout is a wiki: begingaming.pbwiki.com/
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:31 theartguy says Came up with using games in education while working with special needs kids.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:33 theartguy says Most games are “Drill & Practice,” others are a little more adventurous.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:34 theartguy says “Complex Games” are the way to go, though there is a learning curve for some.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:36 theartguy says “If a student’s in a wheelchair, they can pick an avatar that can get up and move!”
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:37 theartguy says Mention of Runescape – she was cooking shrimp in the game and fought a troll. Heh.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:39 theartguy “If you want to get started find yourself a middle schooler. Not a high schooler they know too much.” :D
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:41 theartguy Somewhat brief mention of MMORPGs while looking at Wikipedia article on gaming.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:43 theartguy says I’m somewhat confused – not about the gaming, but about the presenter’s enthusiasm. She seems enthusiastic … but not.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:44 theartguy says Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction, games can be used to support these systems.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:48 theartguy says “How are our games perceived around the world?” A good point is made here, some of our games don’t fit well with other cultures.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:49 theartguy says World of Warcraft removed a character based on a panda because China didn’t think it was a positive image.
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:52 theartguy says I see how gaming can be used to assist education, but she could be making the connections better than “Here’s some links on some sites.”
  • April 21, 2009 at 12:31 Tim Holt says keep these updates coming!
  • April 21, 2009 at 12:38 theartguy says Next two sessions are mine – think my audience will mind if I stop to Plurk? ;)

MICCA09 Session 1 Plurk Log

theartguy Session 1 is What Google Can Do For You by thetechtiger! Woot!

  • April 21, 2009 at 10:11 theartguy says im.textthemob.com/id751
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:32 miz mercer Back to being artguy I see
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:38 theartguy says For now at least – don’t want to confuse the people I introduce to PLNs today.
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:39 theartguy says Currently explaining Gmail & Gchat
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:43 theartguy says It’s all a quick overview of everything right now. Cal, Docs, Maps, Earth
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:44 bethmharvey says I love the site “text the mob” I have never seen that. Good luck on your presentation. Our teachers are most interested in Google Docs
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:45 theartguy says “If you can use Office, you can use Google to make web pages.” So true :)
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:47 theartguy says Best part about Google Docs is no more thumb drives to transfer documents. IMHO
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:47 theartguy says Side note – this isn’t a PowerPoint. WHole thing is in prezi.com/
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:49 theartguy says Google Groups – discussion boards. Can be public or private. Lots of good ones already exist.
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:52 theartguy says iGoogle
  • April 21, 2009 at 10:56 theartguy says Overview done, now for the nitty gritty!
  • April 21, 2009 at 11:02 theartguy says Form – create a web based survey (or quiz or test!) and all answers are placed in a spreadsheet! I use this all the time and it’s awesome.

MICCA 09 Keynote Plurk Log

theartguy Keynote for Day 1 is Karen Cator from Apple. Lots of good ideas, though many are common amongst keynoters.

  • theartguy says Web 1.0: Watch Tv and try to understand commercials.
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:15 theartguy says Web 2.0: Produce media
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:17 theartguy says “Get out of the notion of giving kids something to do every 20 minutes.” They need to manage their own time.
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:18 theartguy says “When you want to learn something new, what do you do?”
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:22 theartguy says Showed a video of a 10 yr old video blogger. Kid mentioned a JoCo song. Nice :)
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:22 techtiger I really liked that kids are the CEO of their own brand
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:24 theartguy says Enabling trends: Mobility – 24/7 access & user created content.
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:26 theartguy says Indeed, thetechtiger – It was rather “permanent record”-ish, but in a good way.
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:27 theartguy says Also enabling: Social Interactions for Learning. Social interactions are PROMOTING learning.
  • April 21, 2009 at 09:34 theartguy says And just got a link from timholt about being a Keynote speaker.

Notes from the front lines of MICCA


  1. I’ve been Plurking my experiences of the keynotes and sessions.  I’ll be moving them over to this blog for the sake of those who don’t use Plurk but still want to comment or whatever.
  2. 3rd year in a row that I’ve been stopped by someone – this time it was just because he thought since registration doesn’t open ’till 7:30am today that no one was allowed in until then.  (But if I’m not in the parking garage before 7 I don’t get the early bird special and save $20.)  Simple misunderstanding.
  3. In addition to the Plurk logs, I’ve got a new blog post half-written in my head already.  Maybe two.  Expect more from me soon.
  4. Same gentleman is now stopping everyone who walks past.  Odd that he’s stationed in the middle of the conference center and not at the front door.  (The guy at the front door just told me good morning and waved me through.)  I’m sure he means well.
  5. I left two things in my car – My MICCA badge (which I went back and retrieved before entering the building) and my soda (which I forgot even when I wsa back at my car).  Looks like I’m drinking water today.  Eh, that’s healthier for me anyway.
  6. As you can see from the above picture, Baltimore Convention Center is full of triangles.  I love this place.

Academic Aesthetic 159: Podcasting Tips and Tricks

I promised to have this uploaded before I crashed for the night – looks like I got to keep my promise.

This is the audio from my presentation at this year’s MICCA conference. Forgive me if I keep things brief as I’m quite wiped by the experience of these past two days.

  • A pdf version of my PowerPoint, including a special bonus slide at the end, is available here.
  • Yes, I really do mention David Warlick that often. It’s only because he does so much to help educators.
  • As I explain in the intro, I was able to use Audacity to remove the background noise but not the slight echo. It annoyed me at first but I got used to it … I think.
  • I may be wrong about the new version of Audacity having LAME built in, but like I say in the podcast I do prefer iTunes for encoding my mp3 files.
  • I also over planned, and had very little time to do practical demonstrations. Perhaps next time I’ll focus on one tool? We’ll see.
  • I’ve said this a lot, but the wiki is still here. Edits are still encouraged.
  • I’m tired. Goodnight.

MICCA Keynote Day 2: FableVision

When I saw that FableVision was the keynote for today, I admit I was a little worried – but only as much as I’m always worried when I see a presentation by someone running a commercial business.  I suppose the idea that a company involved in education is more interested in the business than the education runs deep in me.  Goodness knows, I’ve had my share of bad experiences in this area…

But every now and then, I find a glaring exception.  The DEN, usually, is one.  FableVision is another.  We’re a good way into their presentation so far and they’ve barely even mentioned a product that they sell.  (I think I caught a few references, but they weren’t shameless plugs like I make.)  Rather, they’re talking about using a child’s interests to help them get excited about learning.  It started with a story about the twin brother of one of the founders getting in trouble in math class because he was drawing in class.

As you might imagine, I loved the story.

Raffle time.  Think I’ll end this post here and stop by their booth later.

Now, they’re talking about games in education.  Not much research supporting their importance, but a lot of anecdotal stories and Maryland is apparently at the forefront of the research supporting the idea of good games getting kids into learning.

Ok, now they’re talking about a product, although it’s not being released yet.  I think they spent enough time making the case for keeping the students’ interest to spend some time talking about their bread-and-butter.  (But that’s just my opinion.)

Labyrinth is a math game (mostly) for middle school students that uses a lot of comic book style storytelling to get the kids interested. It’s being privately beta tested at the moment, but the ThinkPort.org booth in the hallway was offering a way to sign up for a chance to try it out.

There are no instructions, leaving the kids to figure out the mechanics.  Makes me think of MYST, a game series that sucked away countless hours of my life in college.

There’s even a way for students to communicate with each other using the “Tasty Pet Communicator ” (the name fits the plot, trust me), although according to the ThinkPort booth there are enough admin rights for teachers to make that communication safe.

“The people who learn the most from educational software are the people who make educational software.”  He told us that quote was a secret.  Gee, I hope no one blogs it…

That was a segway to talking about Scratch and other programs that help students make their own games – products that FableVision doesn’t make.  Encouraging students to compete against them in game development, or trying to encourage students to become future FableVision employees?  You decide.

MICCA, for most of yesterday

Forgive me if this reads like I’m just a bit distracted – I’m writing this during the awards presentations that are preceding today’s keynote. It’s hard for me to do 3 things at once sometimes.

I didn’t blog from any sessions yesterday, as I spent the entire time showing people just how easy podcasting can be at the podcasting booth. As such, I missed all of yesterday’s sessions.

Don’t take this as a complaint, however. I would have loved to see all the cool things that were going on, but I also loved talking with the many cool people who stopped by to learn about a topic which I’m truly passionate about. I remembered several of them from last year, and was pleased to find that they remembered me, as well.

Granted, my extroverted nature makes me stand out in a crowd. Oh, well.

My goal was twofold – first, I wanted to show as many people I could that podcasting was not as scary or difficult that some people seem to think (including that darn “but don’t I need an iPod?” question). The other goal was to get as many people as possible to call in to the Gcast account I set up for MICCA and let us know what they thought of the conference or podcasting in general.

That 2nd part was … not as successful as I would have liked. At least I can promote it again during my presentation today.

More to follow.

At MICCA, before it starts.

Taken with Photo BoothI’m sitting here at my Podcasting Booth, which is unfortunately right next to the conference bookstore. I say “unfortunately” because, as a bookworm, I’ve already found two that I will be buying as soon as they officially open. It’s like those books held a vaccum cleaner up to my wallet and sucked the money right out!

… I have no willpower at all.

Here’s my assessment of what’s going on so far.

+Only took 7 minutes to realize that the horrible beeping noise I was hearing at 4AM this morning was my alarm going off. That’s not much earlier than my usual wake-up time, but it usually takes longer for me to get out of my more primitive “ART GUY SMASH SNOOZE BUTTON!” stage of regaining consciousness.

+Found a good parking spot in a garage right next to the conference hall.

-After trying two other parking lots.

-And it’ll cost almost $30. Ouch.

-When I got here Registration had no list with my name on it.

-Nor did they know where the podcasting booth was.

+A few minutes later they got their computers up and were able to answer both questions.

+Kathy Schrock signed in right next to me.

+She recognized me.

-This boosted my already overinflated ego.

+The wifi for the conference is working.

-For now.

So all things considered, I’d say I’m off to a good start. There are a few obstacles, but most of them are either already resolved or will be soon.

More to follow…

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Academic Aesthetic 158: MICCA Freebies

This time around I might sound a little different – that’s because I’m using my Creative Zen again, rather than GarageBand. I figured since I would be demonstrating it tomorrow I should get back into he process of actually using it.

The books I ramble on about in this episode are Kidcast: Podcasting in the Classroom and Kidcast: Creative Podcasting Activities.

I was a bit hesitant when I got an email from the publisher asking if I wanted to give these books away at my presentation, mostly because I’d like to think I have some level of integrity and I don’t want to look like I’m stooping low to hawk anything that comes by.

When the books showed up, I opened up the first one to give it a read-through.  I have to say, the only thing I didn’t like about them was the fact that they have those plastic ring bindings.  Other than that, I’d say they answer 90% of the questions I get asked about podcasting.  I wouldn’t recommend the Podcasting in the Classroom book to someone who’s been podcasting for a year or more, but if you’re just getting started I’d say it’s definitely worth it to have one of these.

As for the activities book … I didn’t read that one, mostly because I was unsure if I should take the shrink wrap off of it or not.  These are door prizes for people who will be attending my session, after all.

Does this make me a sell-out?