Learning With Lucie Archive 2006-2013

April 15, 2013

Geeky Fun at Google Headquarters

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 7:03 am

Google Reboot Andrew Lucie
What I great day I had meeting and reconnecting new friends at Google Headquarters NYC for the GCT Reboot 2013.  The passion in the room was amazing – and it wasn't about Google Koolaid – it was about opportunities for teaching and learning made possible by Google Tools.  

I had the privilege of facilitating the discussion on Scripting during a breakout session

  The size of the group doubled as  +Andrew Stillman  walked in and joined us.  


Andrews has created some amazing scripts  used by educators daily, including  Autocrat , and Doctopus and most recently version 2 of gClass folders.  

The  conversation ranged from  using appscript to improve workflows in education, to using it with students to meet new standards such as Next Generation Science Standards to Common Core, to using it to fuel the Maker spirit  or  Open Source  community feel.  It was way too short of a discussion time  for such  a high interest topic, but  the conversation is far from over and I’m sure we will see more and more interest on this topic.  A great place to start is  The AppsSCript for Educationa Builders and Users Group.


December 18, 2012

Transforming Learning with Mobile Devices

Filed under: Education,ipads — Learning with Lucie @ 10:56 am
Invitation  from Lucie to check out my new online course at Marlboro – email me  if you have questions  or want a preview of the syllabus.
Emerging technologies certainly bring so much new learning for us all.  If only there was a way to do it with others and get grad credits for it?  If you'd like to join a cadre of learners who are navigating the journey of integrating mobile devices in their schools, check out this new elective at the GradSchool of Marlboro College. From the conversation I have had with some of of the students currently enrolling, I anticipate amazing projects to come out of this cadre.  This could be a chance for edtech specialist to take all the work they are currently doing integrating tablets and get support, feedback, peer collaboration along the way. This will not be a "meet your ipad"  workshop type course, but more of a course for those who want to dig deeper into the question and concepts outlined in the description.

MAT622 Transforming Learning with Mobile Devices 
Course Description

Tablets, smartphones, readers and other mobile devices are rapidly becoming part of the learning landscape. This course will explore and evaluate features and resources to leverage when integrating mobile devices in instructional design and curriculum. Course topics will include apps, multimedia, and multimodal resources such as ibooks, ebooks, iTunes U and Open University. There will be a heavy focus on moving beyond consumption into creation and collaboration with mobile devices, using text, audio, images, and video. Personalized learning, accessibility, and other pedagogical considerations will be explored as we pursue a creative inquiry into what type of transformation is possible with mobile devices. This course is fully online and asynchronous; two synchronous online meetings will be arranged once the course starts.

A tablet or mobile device with the ability to capture and edit images, videos, and audio, and up to a $50 budget for purchasing apps will be required. 

Course sign up link: http://gradschool.marlboro.edu/academics/continuing_ed/

Description: http://gradschool.marlboro.edu/academics/edtech/courses/#MAT622

Contact for help, info, etc.  Joe Heslin, at (802) 258-9209 or (888) 258-5665 x209. |jheslin@gradschool.marlboro.edu.

October 18, 2012

Introducing iPads at North Country Career Center

Filed under: Education,ipads,Personal,Presentations — Learning with Lucie @ 5:35 am

Today was filled with nostalgia and gratitude for me as I spent the day working with staff from North Country Career Center introducing them to the power of mobile devices.   I had the pleasure of driving through one of the most beautiful spots in Vermont -  so beautiful in fact that it has been dubbed "The Northeast Kingdom". 
North-country-career-centerThe foliage did not disappoint as I drove through Jay Peak down to Newport.  How fortunate the staff and students are to have their high school and Career and Tech center located on international Lake Memphremagog.  As I approached memories flashed back of my high school years here,  my children's high school years here, and  15 years of teaching in these halls. 

Many of the staff I taught with were still here and inquired about my children whom they had as students.   The building has been significantly improved and expanded as have the programming.  The programs I started here including Computer Technology   and Internet Technology are still here,  but have been updated to include topics like Game Design and Programming for mobile devices.  As a matter of fact, the program I had started in as an instructor–Business Technology is being revamped to a Travel and Tourism program by great friend and colleague Nancy McDermott.  

One of the biggest kicks of the day was when, John Wagner, showed me the upgrades he and his students have made to  project based learning unit I had designed in partnership with the physical education department to use technology to streamline the collection and distribution of data at a district wide fitness event.  Every year we would upgrade the project by adding new capabilities of new technology, and I laughed out loud to see that Mr. Wagner and his students had continued to evolve the project to some of the technologies were covered today –QR readers and creators with mobile devices

I remember helping the auto technology teacher (my friend and colleague, Joe Seguin)  set up one of the first computerized auto repair databases in the form of a collection of CD programs called Mitchell on Demand.  It was the perfect setting by which to introduce the power of using mobile devices to carry  and access whole collections of interactive, multimedia ebooks and databases. No more running from under the hood of the car to the back room to locate the right part image and instructions from a collection of CD's.  

I remember getting the school's first gooseneck document camera so that I could demonstrate the insides of a computer to my whole computer technology class to make learning more visible and relevant.  Today I showed how the camera from a mobile devices brought that power and more to any location in the room untethered by the use of APPLE TV and the iPad's native cameras.   

How exciting it was to use the new iPads with staff to kickoff creating multimedia ebooks of their program in their space filled with images, sound and video.  The current director, Eileen Illuzi drove the point home when she integrated videos and pictures of a recent fire control exercise from the  protected services program.    I  got a chance to show solar optimization apps as one of many tools for Tim to use in his sustainable energy program, along with an interactive 3D skeletons to the health careers program.  The power of mobile devices to travel to Fern's land lab, Dan's building sites, or Jillian and Joe's co-op locations became self-evident.   The power of mobile devices to offer to personalize and differentiate reading  for every interest and learning style was driven home by exploring Zite, Fliboard, resources on iTunes University and more.  My only regret was that the day was too short, but I hope to return to expand on the learning we started today. 

July 12, 2012

Student First Approach to Google Apps

Filed under: Education,Presentations — Learning with Lucie @ 10:16 am

I'm so excited to be presenting at the Google Summit in Santa Clara where I will join a fantastic team of Google experts to offer a variety of sessions about all things Google.

Today' I will be sharing - 

Student First Approach to Google Apps  

If you think the most compelling reasons to use Google Apps are free email solutions, shared calendars, and more efficient and collaborative workflow for staff — THINK AGAIN! This session will feature examples of students learning using Google tools such as using Google Spreadsheets to simulate banking to model the branches of government to presenting proposals for increasing streetlights to make their city safer using Google Maps. Learn how a rural Vermont school deployed Google Apps to its students first. Students took the lead; adults followed, and eventually the whole school district joined. Students first – is a tried and true method of going Google. Bring your own examples of student learning with Google Apps to share.


June 28, 2012

Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose as Motivation

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 8:57 pm
In 2008,  I found myself reflecting on the concept of motivation in learning as I took on the challenge of creating a 1 minute video to submit to Google as part of my GoogleTeachers Academy Application.  
I started to think back about those times in my classroom where students were immersed in the flow of learning -  times when I had to kick them out to attend their next class; times when they came in after school and on weekends to finish projects;  times when they asked to take classroom tools home so they could keep working on their projects. What did those times have in common?
In his book, Drive, Dan Pink  identifies Autonomy,  Mastery, and Purpose as the keys to motivation.   Reflecting back on the project based learning environment I had designed in my classroom, I’d say that Pink’s research is spot on. 
According to Pink
  • People want to be self directed
  • People want to get better at stuff -  they seek the challenge of mastery (especially if it accompanies making a contribution)
  • People want to be parts of ‘teams’  or “organizations”  with a purpose.
As educators our challenge is to create learning environments that give our students the opportunity to latch on to a sense of purpose, so they can seek the mastery of skills  necessary to contribute to that purpose and give them the autonomy to contribute to that purpose in a way that honors their skills and passion.   This is not an easy tasks.  It takes a masterful educator who is purposeful in his/her instructional design to achieve this.  And there will be false starts; there will be recalibration; there will be projects that plainly don’t come together.  There is no easy recipe.  But one reoccurring element that I found in the most motivating learning designs was “authentic matters".  Thus was born the inspiration for my one minute video on motivation
With so many examples of students being motivated by authentic audience, the tricky part was editing it down to one minute.  I managed to squeeze in examples of students 

But there are so many more.  And today’s digital age culture provides us with so many tools and opportunities for authentic audience to be part of the learning opportunities we provide to our students.

Yet, despite the research and the increased availability of tools and opportunities that the digital age culture provides us to learn with an authentic audience, schools and organizations continue to design motivational schemes based on carrots and sticks.
People don’t want to be treated like a horse.  Get rid of carrots and sticks and bring on autonomy, mastery, and purpose as you design a learning environment that yields high performance in your students. 
To learn more about Pink’s theories of motivation check out Vermont principal, Larry Fliegelman’s  blog post  ‘19 Top Ideas for Education in ‘Drive’    or RSA short video animation summarizing key concepts from Drive.
Think about experiences where you as a learner  or your students' motivation lead to amazing learning.  Share what this experience looked like.  What elements contributed to the motivation? When you think about these successful experiences, do you see MaslowHerzbergVroom,  Alfie Kohn, or Dan Pink’s theories at play? 


May 11, 2012

Imagine Invent Innovate with iPads

Filed under: Education,Presentations — Learning with Lucie @ 12:35 pm

Thank you to my incredible colleagues, Dayle Payne, Rhonda Siemons, and Tony Galle for joining me to offer the Imagine, Invent, and Innovate with iPads presentation at Dynamic Landscape 2012.   

We shared ways to promote inventive, imaginative, and innovative thinking in Middle School students using tools such as  AppCraft (similar to SCRATCH) ,  3-D modeling tools (similar to Sketchup), and other apps and practices that promote the creativity cycle, the design cycle, and complex thinking with  with i-devices.
Here is a playlist of videos  and the presentation slides from the sessioin – Imagine, Invent, and Innovate with i-Devices. 

December 30, 2011

Can iPads Prepare Tomorrow’s Engineers

Filed under: Education,ipads — Learning with Lucie @ 6:32 pm

In preparation for National Engineers Day Events sponsored by UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Science, I spent some time reviewing the research I have been doing on iPod and iPad Apps that support Engineering Thought.  Since some of the schools I work with have moved to using iPads with schools, I prepared this slideshow that features Apps that might come in helpful to students who would like to participate in this fabulous event.  

Many of these competitions use technology in the research phase of the project, which students can do on either a computer or an i-device.  But what about the competition that uses Sketchup to design the next mobile device  or the Playful Invention where students create Playful Inventions or computer games with tools like Scratch or Alice.  Would students from schools that use iPads be able to participate in these events?  

iPads Apps have started to emerge that can combine the advantage of mobility with imaginative, inventive, and innovative thinking necessary for participate in these events.  Although the iPad does lack the serious (full featured programs) found on a PC,  students who only have access to iPads should be able to use the tools in this collection to prepare for National Engineers Day  on  February 16, 2012 sponsored by UVM

November 24, 2011

Playing with QR codes

Filed under: Education,Web/Tech — Learning with Lucie @ 10:15 am

Although I have installed a free QR reader on my phone and have used it to get more information about an object or place, I had yet to create my own.  This morning I created my first QR code using 



A QR codes is a two-dimensional bar code that can be posted on or near an object so that someone with a Mobile device can snap a picture and receive additional text, media, or links related to that object.  

Read more about QR codes and their implication for educators in this Educause article:
7 Things You Should know about QR codes 

February 25, 2011

CSI (Create Simulate Innovate)

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 7:07 am

CSI logo The CSI Vermont project has been keeping me more than busy lately.  For those who are not aware,  my energy and resources have recently gone towards a new project (albeit not a new interest) aimed at  infusing Creativity and Innovation into our schools.  My work on the committee that revised the Vermont Information Technology Grade Expectations was focused on the NET-S standard – Creativity and Innovation and lead me down a path to seek out resources around this topic and to write a grant proposal to bring some of these resources into our Vermont classrooms.   Our project (CSI Vermont) was funded and has been keeping me "more than busy" – but what a fun type of busy.  From bringing a bus load of students to Tech Jam 2010, to bringing students to Kids in Technology and Science Day at Champlain College,   to offering a Games and Literacy Workshop,  to desinging a new challenge for UVM's Engineering Day, this has certainly been a rewarding type of busy.  So busy, that I sudden realized I had not posted any news about the project on my Learning with Lucie site.  To learn more about CSI- Vermont or join us as we help teachers and students Create, Simulate, and Innovate, check out www.Csiprojectvt.org


September 28, 2010

WSSU Inservice

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 7:14 pm

Let's explore Google Tools and how they can be used to transform learning.

Here is today's agenda.



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