The coffee brewed, treats baked, stage set, the edtech-letes (A.K.A. Western New York educators who love the meaningful integration of technology in the classroom) warmed up.
|Olympic snacks compliments of Dr. Darlynda Miktuk|
The TIF EdTech Olympics Day at the South Region Forum is in the books. The goal of these sessions is always to connect, share, learn and reflect. At this forum, the goal was reached!
Opening Ceremonies and Warm-Up:
The day started with some humor through the following video. My takeaway from this is that we all play an important role in the "band." Also, technology can be a distraction to someone of any age. Stay focused!
All educator participants were assigned a number. Their number matched a Google Slide in a collaborative template where they would share details from a favorite app, website, or resource. In an effort to build personal learning networks, educators would also share their professional websites and social media contacts.
The following qualified for the TIF EdTech Oympics:
http://jakemiller.net/ shared by Karen Kondrick
https://padlet.com/ shared by Melanie Kitchen
https://gobubble.school/ shared by Michael Drezek
https://api.gynzy.com shared by Jen Mikula
https://sway.com shared by Justina Young
https://photofunia.com/ shared by Nicole Holler
https://www.useloom.com/ shared by Mark Drollinger
https://www.frontrowed.com/ shared by Michelle Krieger
https://www.screencastify.com/ shared by Ed Bugenhagen
https://edu.google.com/expeditions/ & http://www.airpano.com/ shared by Candace Phillips
Classroom Split Extension (from Alice Keeler) shared by Joanne Lotter
https://qbbuzzer.com shared by Amanda Pacanowski
https://www.geogebra.org/ shared by Valerie Andryshak (guest pre-service teacher)
https://www.canva.com/ shared by Patricia Lundquist
https://musescore.org shared by Shaun Laska
http://www.chorewars.com/ shared by Jason Hammond
https://www.mysimpleshow.com shared by Elizabeth Schanbacher
PhET Simulations shared by Tom Stokes
https://www.prodigygame.com/ shared by Taylore Flegal
https://www.sumdog.com/ shared by Mark Putney
This breakout session split the group into five teams (one per Olympic ring) of four educators. From here teams discussed integrations of their resource of choice and judged two of their four to advance to this semi-final round. Those making the cut would get the stage for a 5-minute lightning presentation with hopes of advancing to the finals! The following advanced to the Top Ten!
Jake Miller Website, Padlet, Go Bubble, Sway, Photo Funia, Front Row, Canva, Chore Wars, QB Buzzer, Google Expeditions/Air Pano
After an intense round of fabulous presentations, educators took some time to experience some of the resources shared in a hands-on session before casting their votes for the finals. The following advanced to the Top Five!
Jake Miller Website, Go Bubble, Photo Funia, Front Row, QB Buzzer
In true TIF fashion, the medals were 3D Printed! Alas, the bronze, silver and gold medals were ready for the taking. The quest for gold was intense and the room was filled with anticipation as winners would soon be announced.
|3D Printed Medals by Falconer CSD's Jen Mikula|
The final votes were submitted, tallied and the medals were awarded as follows:
Bronze (tie) - Jake Miller Website & Go Bubble
Silver - Front Row Education
Gold - Photo Funia
|TIF EdTech Olympics Medal Winners|
|The Gold Medal winner, Nicole Holler of Orchard Park CSD celebrating |
within an image created within the Photo Funia app
Don't miss the next Technology Integrator's Forums coming in March and May, 2018!
TIF Talks - TED Talk Style Event at Forrestville High School, March 21, 2018
TIFCon18 - Edcamp Style Unconference at Fredonia College Science Center, May 24, 2018