Tuesday, March 7, 2017

#ICE17 in Jordan's Mind!

Have you attended a conference and had a challenging time sharing what you learned? I do!!! I wish people could HOP into my mind and learn with me! This is a huge reason why I love Twitter but I just came across these questions last week and use them to breakdown my learning from the ICE Conference and wanted to share them with you. 

  • What are the top sessions you learned from attending/presenting?
  • What are the top sessions/topics that you would like to take back to your campus to impact change?
    • Life as a Coach with +Megan Ryder - her real life examples, experiences, tips and tricks really made an impact with me. I loved all of her ideas on how to build relationships and she reminded us as coaches that building the relationships is the most important part of our job! 
  • What are the top sessions/topics that challenged your beliefs?
    • Science of Innovation with +Shawn McCusker  - he allowed us to begin to think of Innovation as a way to build something together. 
  • Who was someone you connected with that impacted you?
    • The Orland District 135 coaches! They have challenged my thinking since day 1 of connecting with them this last year. They have brought over 40 people from their district to come learn with +Berwyn South District 100 and we are so grateful for the learning opportunities that have come out of this partnership. They have learned alongside us - thank you Chris Bohula, Kristin Beeler, Lindsey Zilly and of course our former Michelle Thorne
  • Who are the top people that engaged you?
    • Jason and Jessie from Killdeer were such great duo to chat with. Not only did I have the chance to learn with them at our design thinking workshop but I also had the chance to see how they used Schoology to drive their professional development! Thank you for learning with me! 
  •  What are the top resources you found most impactful?
    • Barrington 220 inspired me with their TPACK Student teams! This is something I am going to try with our iSWATBSD teams.
  • What are the top pieces of research or studies you feel are most impactful for our students and/or teachers?
    • In the keynote, Eric Sheninger noted that flexible seating environments can positively impact student learning by 25%! 
  • How will I share my new discoveries from this event with my staff?
    • I will share this information in three different ways. 

    I challenge YOU +Annie Forest +Jen Lehotsky +Ramona Towner to share your reviews of #ICE17 on your blogs! 

    Thanks, +Carl Hooker Lisa Johnson @TechChef4U and for the list to help me synthesize the learning at #ICE17! 
    Questions borrowed from: https://hookedoninnovation.com/2017/03/02/sxswedu-2017-manifesto/ 

    - Jordan 

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Irving + Heritage Site Visit 2.27.2017

    Today’s site visit welcomed a group of educators who traveled from Riverside School District 96  and Washoe County School District, Nevada  (64,000+ students in their district). They traveled over 1,900 miles just to see our schools!

    Thank you to all of the teachers who shared their classrooms this morning, the students who explained their learning, and to Allie Cevaal from Irving, who reminded us at the debrief that technology “allows teachers to open student’s creativity and see how they can use it show their thinking."

    Be sure to check out this short video: Irving + Heritage Site Visit to experience the visit!


    Days until iEngage: 60!
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    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    #iCoachBSD - District 100 January Innovation Newsletter

    Check it out! The iCoaches have begun to put together monthly newsletters to start focusing on sharing innovative practices across the district. They created the first one in Piktochart and it was quite a hit. Piktochart has a visually friendly format that they have adopted. The purpose of this newsletter is to share what learning is taking across the district!

    District 100 January Innovation Newsletter: District 100 January Innovation Newsletter | Piktochart Infographic Editor

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    One Word 2017

    Each year, I choose one word to focus on for the next 12 months. Typically I choose different words for personal and professional. This year I choose one for both aspects of my life: guidance. What is your word for 2017?


    P.s. This picture is from a vacation I took over New Year's to Zion National Park. How beautiful!?

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    Heritage + Pershing Site Visit - 12.19.16

    On Berwyn South School District 100’s 7th site visit of the school year, Pershing and Heritage hosted 10 educators from Cook County District 104MyON  and Orland School District 135. They were visiting to understand and see how to embrace 1:1, collaborate with district nearby and identify ways to utilize technology to personalize learning for students with special needs. 

    During the visit, we posted ‘takeaways’ on a Today’s Meet to start a conversation about what learning looked like while focusing on the 4C’s (Communication, Creation, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking). In addition, they wanted to be sure to share these quotes below. Be sure to check out this video too!
    • “Collaboration (was seen) through Twitter-grow as a staff-staff to create individual hashtag."
    • "I enjoyed seeing the students so engaged in their school work! The use of technology was purposeful.”
    • "Collaboration and creativity = love seeing all the spaces for recording and creating in every nook throughout the building."
    • "All students (were) actively engaged. Evidence of wonderful collaborative practices between students. Great variety of differentiation."
    • "Always so impressed by the maturity of D100 students as they talk to visitors and explain their work."

      The visitors mentioned several times that even on this snowy, cold day, walking into Pershing and Heritage  they felt it was a warm, friendly, and welcoming school environment filled with engaged students! What a great place to learn! 
     Enjoy your time off with families and friends! Happy Holidays! See you in 2017 :) 

    Monday, December 19, 2016

    First off, I am so honored to be a part of this amazing group of bloggers! This online, blogging book study was started by the fabulous +Colleen Noffsinger and +Kristin RicheyI learn so much each and everyday from the educators that have participated in the #D100BloggerPD studies over the last year and I am so happy to be a part of it during this particular book. 

    The book we are reading for this study is called, LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by A.J. Juliana and John Spencer. The purpose is focusing on using Design Thinking as the process and LAUNCH as the cycle. My fellow colleagues have written on each chapter breaking them down for you.  Thanks to the amazing, +Jen Lehotsky for organizing such a fantastic book study. Jenny, who is a TED-Ed Innovative Educator has chosen this book which stemmed from of a professional project of her own that she LAUNCHed this summer at the TED event that she attended. She is truly an inspirational and innovative educator who questions, creates, and iterates! She began the book study here and you can access other chapter reviews in the Thinglink here!

    Each blog has their own unique perspective on their chapter and today I get to review my perspective and take away from Chapter 9. This chapter really focuses on refining, revising, and iterating the product that you have been working hard on so far!


    This is how the chapter begins, with this beautiful quote from Elon Musk. This quote immediately stood out to me and made me think of the saying "Fail forward!" To me, failing forward means trying something new with the confidence that it may, or may not, be successful but knowing that you will learn from the 'failure' and have the ability to pick yourself up and KEEP going! Every time I hear this phrase I am reminded that it is ok to 'fail' because it only makes you and your product stronger. #failforward

    Wouldn't you love to feel like this everyday as you are trying new things? Check out Audri's journey -  This inspirational kid sure does feel like failure is an option in order to create and innovate!

    Phase Six: Highlighting and Improving 

    What they really say is that this phase goes beyond simply prototyping. They explain that the main goal of this phase is to create a ‘mini-cycle of highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the product and then improving it based upon that feedback” By allowing students to examine their work through conversations around 'improving' rather than ‘fixing’ allows for the identification of strengths and weaknesses of their product based on feedback  from others. The idea is that students can  then take the feedback to ‘improve’ their product and continue this cycle until they feel that the process has reached it’s purpose for the intended audience. LAUNCH breaks phase six into 5 manageable areas that is vital to focus on as you navigate this phase. 

    1. This Takes Courage 
      • and failing isn’t fun but it is important to remember that ‘failing’ only allows for this step to help launch you to a step towards the final product. This means that being courageous to receive critical feedback is crucial! Feeling lost during the process? The journey is the destination - embrace it! 
    2. The Power of Pivoting 
      • They explain that Pixar uses a process called ‘Brain Trust’ which is a way that people are allowed to offer honest feedback on the storyboards during the whole movie making process - it allows for creativity to flow from true and honest perspectives and create innovative ideas (who doesn’t love Monsters, Inc?!) Pivoting ideas is ok, in fact is the whole part of the process! 
      • “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert
    3. Highlight Strengths and Weaknesses 
      • This piece is simple yet powerful. Show the students how they can highlight strengths and weaknesses. IF you show them, then they have a clear understanding of how to provide feedback. Some examples include: rubrics, pros/cons chart, checklist, a list of criteria to test, thoughtful questions for reflections. (pg. 180) 
    4. The 20-minute Peer Feedback Process
      • BEWARE: Groupthink! This can be dangerous for any group and especially a group that might involve negative thinkers. They recommend a 20-minute peer feedback process. This is a 5 step process, each part takes 2 minutes. Students are timed and follow through with the process using the chart below! It’s sole purpose is to allow for targeted and focused peer feedback. Check out the chart on pg. 182. 
    5. Making Revision Engaging 

      • rather than looking at revision as a deficit, they encourage us to take a very different approach in which it is student focused (rather than teacher directed) and has them focus on what they need to ‘refine’ their work. Sometimes the improving phase may be boring, however it is important to embrace it and allow revision to become embedded naturally into the design process.
      • Suggestions on how to set the revision stage:
        • Change up the grouping
        • help students become better critics
        • emphasize that all great products went through many iterations before they worked well 
        • break it up
        • create the right atmosphere for revision 
        • devote more time to revision 
        • use student conferencing

    A school example = mindset shift?

    School: Mount Vernon Presbyterian

    Mission: Inquiry, Impact, Innovation

    Vision: “We are a school of inquiry, innovation, and impact. Grounded in Christian values, we prepare all students to be college-ready, globally competitive, engaged citizens.” (pg. 185).

    They end this chapter with an example of a school who has not only embraced this design thinking, but truly embody it each day. Mount Vernon Presbyterian is described as a place where the vision and mission have become alive. When you walk through the hallways and talk to the students, each and everyone of them believe in their mission and vision which is seen through their creative work that is popping up all around the school. With a mission and vision like the one above, it opens doors for collaboration, invites in questioning and supports creation and requires iteration

    Honestly, I had to go back and re-read this chapter a couple of times to make sure that I shared all of the ‘ah-ha’s’ that I had. I hope that you enjoyed reading my breakdown of Chapter 9. Check out additional resources on Chapter 9 

    I leave you with a couple of reflections question of your own… 
    • When was the last time you tried seventy-seven times until you got something right?
    • What does your school's mission and/or vision look like?
    • Does learning in your classroom look like real life?
    • Does fear hold you back from failing?

    Be sure to join the conversation using #D100BloggerPD and #LAUNCHBook on twitter! Please be sure to check out our fabulous guest blogger, Tyler Haar, on Teaching and Learning Redefined  where he will break down his reflections on Chapter 10. Thank you for reading! 


    Monday, December 12, 2016

    Hour of Code - D100 - 2016 Results are in!

    Hour of Code results are in! Over half of D100 students had the opportunity to explore problem solving and perseverance through computer science and coding. Check out the infographic below to get a snapshot of what Hour of Code looked like in D100 for 2016!

    Thank you to those of you that submitted your results!