Tag Archives: MICCA09

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.