First, I make a large number of presentations and visuals as a part of my job. I was excited to learn about https://thenounproject.com/, where there are several icons you can browse to use to represent ideas. I look forward to using this site in the future as I push many of colleagues to create more visual representations of ideas, instead of relying on paragraph-style representations that tend to have little impact.
It was also super nice to connect with a variety of new people. First I connected with Colorado Teacher of the Year, Sean Wybrant, over telling the authentic stories of teachers and students in our K-12 schools. We agreed that there are many stories of students and teachers that need to be shared in order to help improve our education system and help make teaching a sustainable profession. Teachers are selected for The Colorado Teacher of the Year award based upon a nomination process. If you know a teacher who should be nominated for the 2018 award, you should use submit your recommendation on the CDE website here.
I was also able to spend a session surrounded by a room of math teachers. We talked about ways to fill in gaps for students including using a flipped model, Khan Academy and/or Math Space. I also shared my podcast, Math, Tech and Teaching, hoping that they will share their amazing stories and ideas with me and the world. During the demo slam, I shared how I make the podcast using the Opinion app. You can also check out my blog post about it here. The demo slam shared a variety of awesome tools, including a series of Chrome Extensions related to YouTube by Dan Sharpe.