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Top 3 ½  Takeaways from ISTE 2017
Image represents the opportunity to engage the students in what would be a 12 year journey....

1) Active Learning
Active learning seemed to be a over arching principle focused this is in direct focused to address the image above.

Limiting seat time…ACTIVE Learning!!!

2)   Breakout EDU presentation with Adam Bellow
*Opportunity to meet Adam and have him be a guest speaker in a future PLC contributes to what I planned to take away from the conference to benefit the group and my job. Building professional relationships with key stakeholders is important.

Online Teaching Conference 2017: Best Practices and Takeaways

Best Practices  In June of 2017, I attended the Online Teaching Conference (OTC) in Anaheim, California. Interestingly enough, this conference was originally catered to CCC educators, staff, and/or administration, being that there are over 100 community colleges in the state of California. 
 However, over the years, other external people have heard about the conference and wanted to learn from such a successfully school system, one of the largest community college systems in the nation as a matter of fact! The California Community College (CCC) System really does a great job of collaboration and forming a strong online community. They created a site called the Professional Learning Network (PLN) that all CCC faculty can access and collaborate on.

This reminds me of our monthly Professional Learning Community (PLC) as we utilize this time to learn from each other as well as share our knowledge with others who have interest. It would be great if we could form some type of resource site…

FocusOn Learn Conference 2017 Top 3 Takeaways

Attending my first eLearning Guild FocusOn Learn Conference highlighting mobile, games, and video was fulfilling. I look forward to implementing and sharing the many new skills I have learned.

Ma ka hana ka ʻike.
In working one learns. [#2088]

The ʻōlelo noʻeau above describes my experience. One key quote that stuck with me from a session was to budget in "5+ minutes of playtime daily." [Take away #1] In order to stay innovative and engaged, we need to cognizantly build in playtime, especially when we have such busy lives. Since returning home, although I have not been able to integrate daily play time, I have increased my time to explore new apps or ideas that come up. I explored the Word Swag app an tweeted for my first play time since the conference ended.

My take away #2 was not something new, but a good reminder that the field of instructional design continues to evolve. Although mobile, games, video, virtual reality (VR) are key trends at the moment, it truly comes dow…

Tech Tip: Create a Fillable Form out of a Microsoft Word Document

Joan gives us some great tips on how to create a fillable PDF form out of a Microsoft Word Document.

She also shares some tips when working with the Hawaiian Fonts as well as some best practices in creating PDFs.

Required Software:
Microsoft Word (or a similar program)
Adobe Acrobat Pro (or a similar program)

Learning Forward 2015 Annual Conference

The Learning Forward 2015 Conference was an opportunity to focus on the advances of educator professional learning to ultimately improve student success.  Many of the sessions I attended revolved around the strengthening of professional learning and collaborative teams.  Some of the highlights include:

Tools and Strategies for Collaborative Teams
The purpose and work of a collaborative team in a PLC is to problem solve, critically think, build capacity with all team members to efficiently and effectively teach subject matters that benefit learners and achieve learning outcomes.  Some strategies shared for a successful collaborative team include:

Strategies for Moving ForwardTools or ResourcesDefine the work of a collaborative team by identifying specific tasks that teams completeSet norms and decide on how norms will be reinforcedBuild the "why" for the workShow videos/examples of what collaborative team work looks like and what it doesn&#…

Adaptive Schools Seminar

The two day Adaptive Schools Seminar with Carolyn McKanders brought a plethora of people focused strategies based on human behavior and cognitive processing to achieve success in a complex social system.The complex social system is any system where humans are involved and thus these strategies have a wide breadth of adaptability that goes beyond education.The strategies presented, modeled and practiced throughout the seminar are simple yet powerful concepts and when strung together orchestrates our behaviors and cognition to achieve our goals in a positive and inviting environment.
The following are some useful strategies that were modeled and practiced in the seminar that can be applied directly in the work environment.
10-2:Lecture processing ratio.Adult brain can only take 10 min of talk then needs 2 min of processing time.Third Point:When presenting a topic, especially negative one, have something visual to point to that is away from you.This way you deflect the negative informati…