Glen Westbroek and I just wrapped up our session called "When Students Think, They Remember" to a full and active crowd!! Here is a link to our session materials.
I didn't get to go this year, but I had a really good time learning from all of my Plurk buddies who were there in person. I had just learned about Scoop.it (hang on, I'll give you the link in a second.) and I Scooped up all of the sites they shared and you can see them here on my Scoop.it page called "ISTE links shared by my Plurk buddies." I have not yet gone back to put tags on each of the items, and you will see there are 8 pages of cool things. Scoop.it does not do the tagging at the point of capture, but I am about to get started doing that. With so many people posting good stuff, I spent several hours each evening gathering!
So, there are links to tools, session handouts, articles, and blog posts all mashed in together, but you'll get to see how Scoop.it works while you are looking. If you know a lot about any of them, this discussion would be a good place to come back and tell us about it.
I'm waiting for my Google+ invitation...anyone have one to share?
P.S. I have to put in a plug for the implementation part. We all love new cool tools, but let's remember to share how we actually use them in the classroom.
I found the most amazing non-profit that is going to be able to help a lot of our schools. Mobile Beacon (yes, they had the huge tower in the old trainshed.) Check out their website at mobilebeacon.org. If you are within their coverage area, they can sell you a mobile hotspot for $100 and then provide 4G connectivity through it for 8 devices for a total of $10 per month. If you are within one of their grantee cities that price drops and you can put in a very simple form for a grant for free computers. Well worth your time to check it out.
I went to the BYOL on the Gigpan project wondering if they would show us how to create a gigapan which they did briefly but then the session really demonstrated the impact using the photos in the project can have on learning in the classroom. If you haven't seen anything about this check out the Gigapan magazine at http://gigapanmagazine.org and find out more about how to use this for learning in the classroom at http://education.gigapan.org/about.
Another BYOL I attended was on using QR codes but am still questioning their use for education. While I have seen fun application of using them during conferences, I am not convinced that the time used in making them and then using them really supports learning. Would be happy to be convinced otherwise so please let me know if you've seen them employed in a way that makes learning more substantial.
I was moved most by the young woman who read her poem about becoming a teacher during the closing and hope to get a copy of it for my desk. You can hear it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zBKZtqnmcM at the 34 minute 59 second mark.
I went to a session on Copyright. I have been to many different sessions at different conferences on Copyright but I thought this one was particularly good. We didn't have enough time to get questions answered but I will be following up. Renee Hobbs from the Media Education Lab at Temple was the presenter. She share a video that was created by the students (I believe) about Section 107 of the Copyright law. She said the question you want to ask yourself under Fair Use "Is the work repurposed and does it add value?".
The Center for Social Meida Literacy website also has a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (http://www.centerforsocialmedia.org/fair-use/related-materials/codes/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education)