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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Category: Education

#ISTE13 Igniting my mind… Key points, from key people

Ignite sessions at ISTE are intense!!!! Each presenter gets 20 slides and 5-minutes. The slides advance whether you’re ready or not. I am very impressed with each presenter, they all definitely ignited my mind! Here’s a glance at the topics…

Michelle Corey: lifehacker
Hack the classroom: look at the classroom in different ways.
Too many students work on projects they neither need nor want
Every lessons needs to start with a good question
Need playful integration in learning. example, Game, play, apps, tools,
Homoaestheticus not homoeconomis
We need meaning, a part of something more important than ourselves.
Hands on, explore, get dirty, elaborate

Scotty Iseri: The Digits
We need failure in educational games
Failure is what makes it fun
Too many popup instructions rob the player from discovering. they sat, Stop having fun and look at this, here’s how you do it right.
Failure is a chance to try again
Game developer Learned to stop inserting instructions. Play time tripled and curriculum tripled.

Kathryn Kaiser: science and art integration
Build a house for 3 little pigs with Sticks
Programming using scratch teaches math
Renaissance art juxtaposing with photos today. Insert themselves into the pictures
Act out and embody historic great thinkers: Steve jobs, Albert Einstein
Design better desks, chairs, lockers. Prototypes, models, then built by a company. Awarded a national design prize.

Michael mills: narrowing digital divide with BYOD
Divide between low and high income students and teachers
Access to the Internet is a basic right, it’s access to empowerment
Education needs to have Firm objectives with flexible outcomes
Need digital citizenship! Do they know how to use it wisely.
BYOD is not a computer free for all

Wesley fryer: Open doors for students
Create an eBook with students. Bridge to the 21st century. Bookcreator for iPad
Unleash the constructive power of tech
scratch camp: free program from MIT
Build digital stuff, computational thinking, develop math skills, geeks are cool
Lead a local story chasing club
Digital citizenship is a verb
Play with media

Jeff piontek: STEM to STEAM to STREAM
Add Arts, reading and research
Changing educational paradigms
The importance of divergent thinkers
Creativity and innovation
Dewey 1916: keep the creative edge in our children alive
Why do kids lose their basic skills of creativity and innovation that they are born with?
Encourage mastery learning
Collaboration is key. The world truly is flat
Students lead the classroom, teachers support and facilitate this.
Need more play in our children’s lives today!!!

Carrie Ross: sparking passion in students who have lost hope
What are our students’ passions?
Schools need to be a refuge to build dreams
Technology is a tool that offers an opportunity to open a gateway to a dream.
Teacher-student relationship is so important. Build a class community.
Be there to support and encourage their success in life.
Help them, find hope, passion, and opportunity

Dean shareski
Need more time to be silly= creative
The life cycle of twitter… That is sooooooo me!!!!
Adults need to have fun so kids will want to grow up

Allison white: getting through ISTE
Curating Information overload
Figure out our plan for the info we learn from ISTE
Focus on Practice, products, people
Boil it down to one key takeaway
Curation tools: tumblr, Evernote,
Evernote: collect, connect, contribute

@Danielpink: I hear your voice in my head!

I am sitting  on the plane waiting to take off for San Antonio to attend the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE).  I am sitting here listening to a conversation between two men, one a retired gentlemen from the marines, and the other a college student in the navy. I love listening to the retiree talk to the newbie about his experiences, and sharing his knowledge with him; His encouragement is great! However, as I listen to him I start hearing author Daniel Pink’s voice in my head!  Having just re-read A Whole New Mind, I want to butt into their conversation!  Why do you ask?  Well, the retiree is explaining to the newbie that he needs to make sure to major in a “hard” degree, if he chooses a soft degree, something like communications or PE, he will never be successful.  He needs a hard skill and then he will always have a job.  He needs to choose computer programming or engineering.  This is exactly what Daniel Pink talks about in his book, this push for the Knowledge workers, the left-brain thinkers, and how this was important in the past, but may not be as important today…  Here are a few of the passages that kept repeating in my mind as I listened to the men talk:

  • “For nearly a century, Western society in general, and American society in particular, has been dominated by a form of thinking and an approach to life that is narrowly reductive and deeply analytical. Ours has been the age of the “knowledge worker,” the well-educated manipulator of information and deployer of expertise. But that is changing. Thanks to an array of forces— material abundance that is deepening our nonmaterial yearnings, globalization that is shipping white-collar work overseas, and powerful technologies that are eliminating certain kinds of work altogether— we are entering a new age” (Pink, 2007, p. 2).
  • “Knowledge workers, meet your new competition: Srividya, Lalit, Kavita, and Kamal of Mumbai, India” (Pink, 2007, p. 36).
  • “As the cost of communicating with the other side of the globe falls essentially to zero, and as developing nations continue to mint millions of extremely capable knowledge workers, the working lives of North Americans, Europeans, and Japanese people will change dramatically. If standardized, routine L-Directed work such as many kinds of financial analysis, radiology, and computer programming can be done for a lot less overseas and delivered to clients instantly via fiber optic links, that’s where the work will go” (Pink, 2007, p. 39).
  • “In the United States, a typical chip designer earns about $ 7,000 per month; in India, she earns about $ 1,000. In the United States, a typical aerospace engineer earns about $ 6,000 each month; in Russia, his monthly salary is closer to $ 650. And while an accountant in the United States can earn $ 5,000 a month, an accountant in the Philippines brings in about $ 300 a month, no small sum in a country where the annual per capita income is $ 500.16” (Pink, 2007, p. 38).

With globalization and the ease in which we can communicate across the world,  we can easily have engineering and computer programming jobs done by people in other countries that are paid much less money  So, although I do believe we still need computer programmers and engineers, that is not enough.  You must be a creative and innovative computer programmer or engineer that also has excellent communication and collaboration skills.  Creativity, innovation, communication, and collaboration are largely right brain skills.

So, I am sitting here wanting to join their conversation and share with them the ideas present in this book, but I don’t want to offend the old man… Too bad I don’t have a copy of A Whole New Mind with me to gift to them…. This is just another time in which I feel that this book along with Drive are two of Daniel Pinks books that should be required of every college freshman and ALL Educators.

If you haven’t read A Whole New Mind and Drive you need to buy them right now!  Don’t wait! They’re great!

Ready, set, go! #ISTE13

I left San Diego bright and early this morning to fly to San Antonio for the International Society for Technology in Education conference (#iste13).

Day 1 reflection:

The conference officially begins tomorrow afternoon, but today I registered for the conference and attended a Mobile Mega Share (#mmegashare) event held by the Special Interest Group for Mobile Learning (#SIGML).  This workshop was an excellent opportunity to share ideas with those interested in mobile learning.

Here are some questions and ideas from today:

  • Teachers in Canada cannot use DropBox because it is a US based company and they would not be able to access student accounts if needed, for example subpoena them for legal reasons.  I wonder if other countries have the same problem?
  • Should students bring their own devices or should schools provide them?  When schools provide them they are inundated with managing them.
  • At what point is privacy control too extreme?  One school does not even allow students to search the web, they can only use the apps on the devices.  It seems to me they don’t want to teach students proper use of the device!  They just want to pretend it doesn’t exist by not allowing them to actually use the web.  I believe there should not be restrictions, instead teach digital citizenship!
  • We need to change the focus of teacher training from a focus on how to use technology to how to become a constructivist teacher!  Many teachers have a difficult time breaking from the traditional norm of lecture-oriented teaching. We need to help teachers make the change then figure out ways to infuse lessons with technology to enhance learning.
  • Schools needs the infrastructure to be able to handle each student using web-enabled devices. They must estimate 3 devices per student (laptop, tablet, phone).
  • It shouldn’t be called Mobile Learning… it’s just learning enhanced with technology!

Some awesome new tools to try:

  • @InfuseLearning: Web-based student response system that not only uses typical multiple choice, likert, or short answer questions (like, but also allows students to DRAW PICTURES!  How cool it that?
  • 2nd graders created their own books using the Book Writer App.  It’s really awesome to see 2nd graders create and publish their work.  If a 2nd grader can do it, my college students can!
  • Measure a Picture:  This add-on to sketch exchange allows students to take a picture of anything in their environment and figure out the angles.  What a cool tool to learn about angles using the real world!  @hcrompton Thanks for sharing this!
  • @Padlet: Padlet’s website states, “We give you a blank wall. You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful.”  This was used at one of the discussions in order for people to post their ideas.  Yet another awesome tool to collect ideas from everyone in the discussion.  Great collaboration tool!
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  • @Todaysmeet: this is a free online meeting room in which you can name your room whatever you’d like and people can easily join it and add to the discussion.  This was another great tool to collect ideas from each person in the group discussion.
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  • @Questvisual:  I wish I would’ve known about this app last month while traveling throughout Europe. Just point your camera at a street sign and have it translated!!! AMAZING!

Ready for Day 2!

No bras allowed during testing!

Chinese education chiefs ban bras during exams – Telegraph.

Wow…  It is sad to think the Chinese education chiefs have to go to such extremes to reduce the chances of cheating!  In order to take the University entrance exams, students cannot have any metal on them, this includes wires in bras and even metal fillings in their teeth!  Let’s step back a moment and try to attack the real problem, why are students cheating in the first place and what could be done to reduce it?  This is a pretty good example of the downfall of standardized testing.  What would happen if the students were instead tested on their application of ideas rather than a memorized multiple choice answer?

Ben & Jerry’s no more GMO! awesome!

Ben & Jerry’s Will Stop Using Genetically-Modified Ingredients | Health on GOOD.

Not that Ben & Jerry’s is healthy for us without Genetically Modified ingredients (GMO’s), but it is definitely a step in the right direction!  GMO’s were developed to make our life easier, I liken it to those quick fast-food restaurants.  Both were developed to make life easier without thinking about the possible negative effects.  No one thought that fast-food may potentially be linked to obesity, they just thought how awesome it was to be able to produce food very fast.  With GMO’s science found a way to modify plants to withstand pesticides and thus they would survive while weeds died, great right!?!?  Now we can produce a whole lot more food!  But, at what cost to our health?

Fun Web 2.0 Tools

Online presentations

    • The websites states: “SlideShare is the best way to share presentations, documents and professional videos”
  • Zoho Show
    •  The website states: “The online tool for making powerful presentations.Whether you are a professional, a teacher, a student, a businessman, a salesman or anyone looking to put together a cool presentation, you have come to the right place. Zoho Show’s pre-built themes, clipart and shapes coupled with features like drag-and-drop makes it an easy application to use.”
    • You can create really cool animated slide presentations on ZohoShow!
  • Googledocs
    • Did you know Googledocs has a presentation tool?  You can create a presentation just like you would in Powerpoint (windows) or Keynote (Mac).  The nice thing about Google presenter is that you can easily make it a public presentation by just simply creating it and then sharing it by making it “public” and viewable by the world!


  • Would you rather text or talk?  If you’d rather post your information in audio format then pod casting is for you!
  • First you need to record your Podcast. There are many ways to make a recording.  If you have a microphone on your computer you can use your computer to record.  You can also use most smartphones as well!  Try out Audacity online to record your episode.
  • Once it is recorded, where will you put this audio recording?  Where will you upload it on the internet to be able to share it?  Here are some Podcasting services online:

Create a Video

  • There are several ways to create and share videos online.  Videos are an awesome creative way to express yourself and share your thoughts/feelings.  Are you interested in making a video?
  • You can create a video on your computer using computer software such as Windows MovieMaker on a PC or if you have a Mac you can use iMovie.  Once you create your video you can then share it online!
  • Two very easy to ways to share your video online are YouTube and Vimeo, but these are only two sites, there are several more!
  • BUT…. what if you don’t have software on your computer to be able to make a video… does that mean that you cannot use this awesome Web 2.0 tool??? NO!  There are several online video making websites that are free!
    Here are a few to check out:

      • Masher is fully online and lets you put video, pictures, and music together to build a video.  Masher works very well in Facebook.
      • Interested in creating an animated video?  GoAnimate is a very user-friendly way to create an animated video online.


      • “We provide all the animation tools you’ll ever need to immediately begin creating your own professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations. From start to finish, you’ll be guided through a surprisingly simple process, resulting in eye-catching videos that will hook your audience without fail.”

Draw a Picture or make a poster

    • is an online drawing application. It allows users to draw online, replay and save their drawings. Users can rate, comment and share drawings.
  •  iPad/iPhone apps
    • There are several drawing apps available through the iTunes App store.  You can create your own images and save as a jpg to upload to your Blog!

Do you have any other web 2.0 tools you would like to share?

Embedding google forms into Blackboard: Great idea for student bios!

I believe it is very important to create a class community in online courses.  One strategy I use is to collect students’ bios using a Google form embedded into my Blackboard course. Here are the steps:

Step 1:  Go to Google Drive click on “create” then “form”

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Step 2:  Choose a theme for your form, or you can keep it as a simple text form.  I like to have fun with them and use a creative theme.

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Step 3:  You can now add all the survey questions you would like to.  You can use short answer or multiple-choice.  In my online course I like to use the following questions: name, bio/interests, technology skill level, number of online courses taken, and what topics they are most excited to learn about in the course.

Step 4: Now that you have completed the form you are ready to embed it.  Go to “file” then “embed”.   Then copy the html embed code.

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Step 5: Now go to Blackboard and choose “build content”  Click on add “item”.

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Step 6:  In the textbox editor click on the html button and then paste in the html embed code.

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Step 7: You now have your form embedded in Blackboard!  Here is an example:

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Step 8:  Now you need to provide a link to the results page.  Go to build content and then “web link”.  I like to set it to open in Blackboard.

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If you have any questions or want to share other ways of using Google forms please comment below!

On Course Workshop 2013: On Course in Online classes

Session 6H: Best Practices in Applying Active Learning to Online Teaching (RF, AE, TD)

Presenters: Al Trujillo, Faculty, Earth Sciences; Kelly Falcone, Faculty, Kiniseology, Palomar College, CA

Summary: You’ve employed active learning in your face-to-face classes, but what about using those same techniques online? What active learning techniques translate well to online instruction? What online tools facilitate active learning? In this session, we’ll explore some of the best practices in applying active learning techniques to online teaching. In addition, we’ll explore how to incorporate the eight On Course principles—which have been shown to enhance student retention and success—into online instruction.

Here is some information from the workshop:

Photos from the workshop:

If you have questions, comments, ideas, suggestions, or just want to say hello please comment to this post!!!



On Course Workshop 2013: syllabus station-to-station

Session 5I: A Learner-Centered Class from Day 1: Syllabus Station-to-Station (RM, AE, AL)

Presenters: Kelly Falcone, Faculty, Kinesiology; Al Trujillo, Faculty, Oceanography, Palomar College, CA

Summary: Do you dread the stares of your students on the first day of class, when you go over the syllabus with them in painstaking detail, and they just sit there, looking at you expectantly (and perhaps trying to do some sneaky texting under their desks)? The first day of class sets the tone for the semester, and in this session you’ll experience a fun, active, On Course learning activity called station-to-station, which is a strategy that you can use not only to cover your syllabus, but also a wide variety of other course materials. Learn how to set the right tone for your class, starting on day one!

Here are some documents from the workshop:

On Course workshop stations-to-stations: Example of stations

On Course Workshop stations-to-stations:  workshop handout

Health syllabus

Please comment to this post if you have any suggestions, comments, or ideas!