Sunday, June 30, 2013

THE BEST ISTE EVER: Day 2 Reflections, part 1

Yes indeedy it was an early one. And a late one. Let's begin at the beginning.

Sunday morning, up at 5:00 a.m. to an alarm and into the fitness room for a long stationary bike ride. Quick shower and out to the Hyatt Ballroom A to meet up with the EPIC Leadership leadership team. I met Chris Haskell for the first time, got my first ISTE hug from dear Anne Collier, Bron Stuckey, and met several new pals. We were issued event tee-shirts and red bandanas, which we were instructed to wear and to customize with a sharpie message.

Scott and Andy, dis and dat. Ready for EPIC Leadership
Peggy Sheehy is the genius behind the event, a staple of ISTE conferences for years. Sometimes called the "Leadership Symposium," it has gathered thought leaders from around the globe year after year. This year, though, with Peggy in charge, we were all in for a new experience. Those of us who had either enlisted or been volunteered to help already knew that, but wow, were the clueless in for a clue.

For starters, Peggy set the theme with a welcome that eased the attendees into the event sort of traditionally, a description of the events to come and the rules of the game, , including a closing appearance by the amazing opening keynoter (this conference was literally the first time I heard that term, so I'm excited to use it!) Jane McGonigal. She held a dramatic reading of the challenges to come, wherein the assembled were to look for numerals that would decode into a solution to the location of "The Palladin." This is where brain cells began to fry in the room. The next three hours would be challenging, frustrating, and a learning experience for all assembled.

Peggy then announced an icebreaker, Kae Novak, soon to ascend to the Lowly High Grand Poobah (read "Chair") of ISTE SIGVE, took the stage.
"You all have at your tables one brown bag with the instructions written on it--'Do Not Open.'" Laughter. "Inside you will find a long strip of tape, a quantity of uncooked spaghetti, and a marshmallow." Silence.

"Your task is to work with those at your table to create the largest possible free-standing structure with the marshmallow on its top. The clock is ticking. Go (paraphrased)."

For the next ten or 15 minutes each table worked to do so. The ensuing activity was frenetic, fascinating, and as a facilitator I found it enlightening in surprising ways. As noted by dear friend Bron Stuckey, men mostly took over the tables. Some confusion about the task existed. Cheating and stretching rules ensued. We made it through the allotted time and a winner was announced.

After that event, Anne Collier was up. She shared an enlightening presentation centered around the families, students, and attitudes about gaming and online security. Awesome as always, she implied that we are doing a great disservice to our students to ignore the obvious--there is value in games for learning, and parents needs must know what's going on.

 Breakout sessions moved to 3 separate staging areas each with two ongoing presentations on one of six topics, happening twice so attendees could pick and choose between them. They were number and color coded and we learned that a map cheat-sheet would have helped. Here are the sessions:
I roamed between the sessons during that period of the morning and in retrospect I wish I'd picked two and caught them in their entirety, but I was caught up in the helping thing. I did take time out to chase Andy in his detective's disguise (he made me do it) through all three sessions at a run, for no reason other than that we could. Here's a poser if I ever saw one:




After the sessions, the game got intense, we only had an hour left, and Jane McGonigal was scheduled to close us. According to a complicated and only partly understood by me set of rules, tables were playing against one another and were charged with determining 10 numbers that would be decoded into a final clue that would lead to the elusive Palladin. Finally, one table determined it was a phone number. With prompting from the stage it was determined it was a 212 number, then one table called it and over the speaker we heard the winner proclaim, "I have found the Palladin." Loud applause, a wrap up reminding the assembled that failure is an important process of the gaming experience, that mysteries are not meant to be easy to solve, and that fun is fun and that must also be kept in mind.

Jane McGonigal is an amazing individual. A game designer by profession, she has been called to the spotlight by experiences including injury, brain damage, frustration leading to depression and suicidal thoughts, and then pulling herself out of that by doing what she does best--designing a game called "Super Better," with which she has helped people all over the globe regain stability. Her 2010 TED Talk has garnered 3,127,045 views as I write. If you haven't seen it, take the 20 minutes or so it'll take to do so. It may not change your life, but it will help you understand how dynamic, sincere, empassioned, and intelligent Jane McGonigal is.

She walked out to resounding applause and said words to the effect, "I'm giving a talk tonight, the opening keynote, as you may know, so for the next half hour or so I would just like to do some questions and answers." She proceeded to do so.

I can promise you this: Anyone in the room who may not have been a fan before this intimate session (and there were many in the room who came into it disbelievers and may have left only with their old-school mind sets only slightly affected) has to have been seriously challenged by it. McGonigal was natural, open, candid, and she even granted permission for our Rosie Vojtek and her husband Bob to record the answer to their question and share it through the vehicle of the hot-off-the-virtual-presses June issue of the Virtual Education Journal. You must give this 194 page issue a read!

Here's the answer to Rosie's question about McGonigal's personal favorite "Fiero Moment." Watch closely for a very personal moment:

Here's a bonus for getting this far in the post, my Flickr Set of the Event!

That marvelous session done, we moved to the "Making IT Happen" awards and lunch, the SIG Open House, and the Opening Keynote. I can see I have to break up this day or else present such a long post not one of you will read it. Signing out for now, but not before thanking Peggy Sheehy and all the facilitators of EPIC Leadership: Beyond the Hype of Gamification for making it the most memorable Leadership Event of all the many ISTE/NECCs I have attended. Over and out. Typos? I'll edit again on the plane!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

THE BEST ISTE EVER -- Day 1 Reflections

Day 1, Saturday, June 22nd.

My stalwart MNPS Virtual Team, consisting of Dr. James Witty, Adrienne McNew, Michael Terry, Anna Harris, and Christine Van Loon, met at the airport, as described in an earlier post. After a fairly uneventful flight,
Adrienne, Chris, and Anna ponder culinary possibilities
we disembarked around 15 minutes late and cabbed it to the Wesin Riverwalk hotel. Due to the late schedule and the even more damaging late flight, I missed an invitation only SIG Core Volunteer event, the first of several, but I was looking forward to the event, which included a riverboat tour.That said, we got all checked in, walked down to the conference center, got our registration out of the way, and popped over the Hyatt, were there were to meet later for an MNPS district get-together. Of course, all my Virtual Environments peeps were standing out front and I got my first hugs of the week. Marianne, Malmstrom, Kae Novak, Sarah Rolle, Chris Luchs, the list goes on, and Andy Wheelock, my brother from another mother. They were wrangling Peggy Sheehy, on edge inside working on the next morning's EPIC Leadership event, so we headed off for dinner, and ended up at Durty Nellies Irish Pub. GREAT service, wild piano bar music and a full house. Afterwards we headed back to the Hyatt to the Presidential Suite where we met up with some of the 20 or so members from our school district in incoming ISTE President Kecia Ray's suite for beverages and hearty chat about our plans for the week. So Saturday, check, travel and social happenings.

Who is this mystery man and what is he doing at EPIC Leadership: Beyond the Hype of Gamification
Cognizant of an upcoming  early morning, I headed back to the hotel and got a relatively reasonable bedtime. Stay tuned for further reflections upon some amazing content starting (what?) 7 am on Sunday morning at THE BEST ISTE EVER. A teaser:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

ISTE 2013 Day After: Reflections are Coming

Hey, all,

It's the day after ISTE13 and I'm in Conroe, Texas for a few days fishing, visiting with my dear older brother Ed, and sleeping, recovering from THE BEST ISTE EVER. This will be the header for my upcoming reflections. Last year I found doing so and focusing on a day by day recap helped me organize my thoughts, and I was flattered (a very recurring feeling at ISTE, which for me has become sort of a Third Life, where I seem to wear either a halo or a shining golden aura or an oversized shiny sheriff's badge as I make my way through the hallways and streets and so many people seem to know me) to be told last week by a major event organizer that at least one of my reflections made one very prestigious presenter happy. Please remember as (or if) you choose to read these reflections that I feel awkward about mentioning some of this because it may sound like I'm bragging or something, but I hope that writing about this phenomenon may help me make some sense of it. At the end of the day I will be back at my desk, feeding the squirrels and birds on the fire escape outside my office window, and relatively anonymous.

So that's my morning disclaimer as I prepare to head out for a 4 day Texas fishing license (or whatever version is the right thing to obtain so that I'm legal and supporting the regulation efforts in a field that has contributed so much to my sanity, such as it is. (UPDATE: I discovered that I already have an annual license and just had to pay 10 dollars for the trip to print out a new copy! That's a good start to the trip!)

Yeah, the first day of ISTE 2013 I was making my way toward dinner at some site we had yet to pick with my team from MNPS Virtual School along Riverwalk and it seemed like every other person we encountered on our walk gave and got a hug from me. ISTE's CEO, the energetic and brilliant Brian Lewis, outstretched his big hand for a passing shake and a how-de-do as we made our way home from dinner. That was when my cherished boss Dr. James Witty, walking behind, said out loud, "I feel like I'm walking with the Godfather." Funny.

 Many of my Virtual Worlds peeps hugged and were hugged early on as we made our way to the Hyatt by the San Antonio Conference Center. I was noted by name from the podium at two important events, one when dear friend and ISTE President Kecia Ray claimed her coveted Pink Jacket, the "Making IT Happen" award, and noted that "I know Scott Merrick will be happy I received this because I'll stop threatening to steal his," and once when Barbara Treacy at the EdTechLeaders Online  Online Learning Institute used me as a directions example "So if you want to hear Scott Merrick you'll go to Table 3." I really am not convinced that this is some convergence of the universe around name-branding Scott Merrick, but I have to admit I couldn't pay for this kind of attention/mention. i should be selling something. Maybe it's happening because I'm not!

What's up? Well, joining 20 or so of my colleagues onstage at the Opening Reception in the main hall in front of 8 or 10,000 people to receive my Presidential Volunteer Service Award didn't hurt, but mainly I think it's just that I've so loved attending ISTE (formerly NECC) over the past decade or so and have so connected with bloggers, videoconferencers, virutal worlders, ISTE staff, and all manner of other groups that all that has simply made me recognizable  (all this without ever performing, or even attending, EdTech Karaoke). Facilitating the immensely successful SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground and accepting the role of SIGOL Vice President this year likely didn't hurt. Co-hosting with the aforementioned Dr. Witty and colleague Micheal Terry a roundtable at this year's Online Learning Institute certainly contributed to the awareness. But seriously, it's simply all about sharing with and embracing (often literally) so many outstanding, student-dedicated, and motivated educators, all day, every day of my life. My big secret may be that I always try to stay positive and hopeful, and that I have, over the years, built a Professional Learning Network (and a Personal one) of people who know what they are doing and, perhaps most importantly, who are not above learning how to do it better.

My annual "Me and David" snapshot
I ran into my old pal David Warlick at the Blogger's Cafe during the conference and asked him how his conference was going. he smiled as broadly as I've ever seen him smile and said, "Great. I'm not presenting." Next year? Maybe I'll pursue that route in Atlanta.

Meanwhile I'm going to be reflecting in upcoming posts about how my own conference went. I hope you stay tuned.

Over and out. Time to get a worm on a hook in the water.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ISTE 2013 Post 8: Last Day of ISTE Proper

Well it's late, and I'm packed to store my luggage at the Westin Riverwalk desk when I check out at 7:30 in the morning. Why do I need to check out so early? Simple. The Online Learning Institute.

When I tell people that I've dedicate my entire final day to this event I invariably get the concerned look. I have taken to explaining "Last year I attended, resentfully for that reason, but you know what? It was the highlight of my ISTE."

Read why at http://scottmerrick.blogspot.com/2012/06/online-learning-institute-2012.html , and hopefully again right here after the event. The agenda for this event is here.

I'll go on record saying that if this event can be described as the highlight of my ISTE I'll eat my shoe. I have high hopes for it, but I cannot imagine that it will trump the EPIC Leadership: Beyond the Hype of Gamification event Sunday morning, or the SIGOL (Online Learning) "SIGOL Forum: Connect, Collaborate, and Create with a MOOC!," or Jane McGonigal's awesome opening keynote, or the SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground, or the hugs from friends I only see once a year.

No no, it won't trump any of those events, but I'm so looking forward to it.


We find ourselves amazed. Last year, I was able to reflect on the train to Ojai. This year I don't have that option, so I'll do so at my back end vacation with my dear brother Ed at Lake Conroe. All's good. I'm tired. I'm going to sleep now. Hugs all around.


Monday, June 24, 2013

ISTE Post7: Apology and update

Okay, I fell down on the job, and almost literally, yesterday. I failed to blog. What I did do was
  1. Help facilitate the rockingest Leadership Forum experience in the history of them all. I'll do a post-conference blog of its own about that. One ISTE Board Member, whom I deeply respect, bent my ear at (the most awesome ever) opening keynote by Jane McGonigal, telling me she told CEO Brian Lewis that "we aren't' here to support teachers who are stuck in the status quo.  She told me that of the 7 annual Leadership Forums (Symposiums?) she's attended, this one was by far the best. 
  2. Caught the lovely seated lunch that was the "Making IT Happen" pink/black jacket awards. This award (which for some reason I garnered two ISTEs ago) is awarded to 4 or 5 recognized innovators in the field of EdTech each year. I was tickled pink to see my dear close friend Kecia Ray (also btw incoming President of this organization) get one this year. As Kecia is one of my several bosses as well, I was amused to hear her say on the podium accepting the jacket that "I know that Scott Merrick is happy because now I won't be continually threatening to steal his jacket." Kecia hired me in this dream job at MNPS Virtual School, for which I seem born to do, and I love her madly. 
  3. Was awarded the (U.S.) President's Volunteer Service Award, walking out on stage with maybe 25 esteemed colleagues in front of 8,000 or so of my dearest friends to be honored so. 
  4. Flitted about the SIG Open House. There are pics of all of this at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10201647794535647.1073741829.1202626373&type=1&l=3d621f9f44 , b(again)tw.
  5. Atttended the Best Keynote Ever. It'll be archived and folks, if you missed it, DON'T.  I have a new hero and her name is Jane.
  6. Attended the annual President's reception, where I awarded and received Free Hugs, an ongoing project. It was good. See a couple of pics at the above url for that. I love my ISTE family. 
  7. Met my team at Originals restaurant on Riverwalk. Much fun. No further comment. Except to say I also love my MNPS Virtual School Family.
  8. offer this gratuitous pic:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

ISTE 2013 Post 6: Arrival

We're heeeeere, y'all. I flew in today with my team from MNPS Virtual School and yes, I should be going to bed in my lovely Westin Riverwalk 12th floor hotel room, but I remember that I promised a blog post daily. Here's today's.

We all arrived fairly early at the airport and spent some time over beverages and nachos at O'Charley's before boarding the plane. We had a last minute gate change and arrived as the B Group for Southwest was boarding and I hoped into line since I was assigned B2. An alarm went off and the attendant said, Uh-Uh, you're going to San Antonio, you don't want to get on this plane--this plane's going to St. Louis.

Ha. Embarrassing but at least the system works. I'm not in St. Louis. I've never experienced that particular situation, since the plane at our new gate was boarding right when we should have been. All sorted out, we waited for that plane to board and ours to arrive, disembark passengers, and got loaded in around 15 minutes late. We arrived in San Antonio just that late and I missed my first event, a SIG appreciation event that included Riverwalk boat tours. We headed down to the Hyatt, past the convention center, stopping in there to pick up our registration materials, and ran in to my first dear friend, Marianne Malmstrom, in front of the Hyatt. After chatting for a while we parted, but not after more hugs and handshakes from Sarah Rolle, Chris Luchs, Kae Novak, Adam Bellow, Andy Wheelock, and Jan Zanetis. It has begun.

Speaking of beginning, if you haven't registered for this year's Leadership Summit (this year called "Epic Leadership: Beyond the Hype of Gamification," I understand there are a very few seats left. It starts at 9 am at the self-same Hyatt adjacent to the Convention Center and I'll be there by 7 or so to help organize and set up for success. If you have attended these events in the past I can say one thing: This will be like none other. Don't miss it! A talk by opening keynoter Jane McGonigal, direction from the incomparable Peggy Sheehy, and an event that is really, well, a game--there, I've given you a few clues. Here's another:



After a darned good dinner at Durty Nellie's Irish Pub, we hit the Hyatt again for an MNPS  ISTE attendees get together at our incoming President Kecia Ray's lush Presidential Suite. It's only fitting, and it was interesting to meet several new local colleagues and to fetch a hug from Kecia and one from the lovely and personable ISTE Board Member Gwyneth Jones. 

 It has begun. I'd better get to bed. Blog you tomorrow. G'night.

Friday, June 21, 2013

ISTE 2013 Post5: ISTE Eve!

I have alarms set all over the house to remind me to be set up on my computer at 2:49 to check in and get a boarding pass for my 2:50 flight tomorrow to San Antonio, Texas. I have it on good authority that the SIGVE logoed popcorn packages I ordered for the 2013 EduMachinima Festival Monday and the ISTE SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground on Tuesday have shipped to the Windham Riverwalk where I will be checking in around 5:30 or 6 tomorrow, dropping my bags, and heading out to the ISTE Core Volunteer Social. The rest of my schedule has been shared in the previous post, and as you can see it'll be a mile a minute until I arrive in Conroe, Texas Wednesday night to spend a few days with my much loved brother Ed at his lakehouse, fishing and sleeping, fishing and sleeping.

At ISTE, I will not be wearing a "Free Hugs" sign, but it's pretty common knowledge, built over the past decade, that I'm good for one, a full on Tennessee boy hug that's heartfelt to the core. I have been known to hug folks I've not yet met, especially since this is an annual event and most of the people I do know I only see that once a year and mistakes can be made. The universal body language for "I don't want your stinkin' hug" is pretty well known, too, and I respond respectfully to that, though I'll never really understand it :)

   source: http://favim.com/image/59076/

That said, my lovely Lee Ann asked me last night what I was most excited about this year. I responded pretty quickly, "I've never really gone with anyone," meaning I'm excited about traveling with my team from MNPS Virtual School. It'll be strange, having at least some opportunities to hang out with the people I work with, and work closely with, each and every day. I'm also looking forward to seeing them enjoy the wonderland that is the ISTE conference!

I'm going to reshare our group photo so that you can introduce yourself to my colleagues should you see one in your presentation, event, or in the conference halls. Please feel free to do so. These are the most student-dedicated professionals it has ever been my privilege to know, and as you may know, I've met a million of 'em. It's never too soon to add them to your own Professional Learning Network.

See you at ISTE!
Sherry Hill (not going :( ), moi, Adrienne McNew, Dr. James Witty, and Michael Terry, of MNPS Virtual School

Thursday, June 20, 2013

ISTE 2013--Post4: My Schedule

Here'tis, the more or less final schedule for my time in Texas. If you want that Free Hug, just look me up. Note some conflicting events, because it's my policy to enter everything I identify as interesting to me, or useful to me, or a commitment I've made, in order to have it all literally in hand on my iPhone as I navigate the glory that will be ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, Texas starting Saturday!

Personal Conference Planner

      

ISTE 2013 Schedule for Scott Merrick



Saturday, June 22
2:00pm-6:00pm Mobile MEGAShare
Location: SACC 101
6:30pm-8:30pm Core Volunter Social
Location: Ballroom Bowie, Grand Hyatt (next to the convention center)
Invitation only event
Sunday, June 23
Registration Received 9:00am-12:00pm SEL   Epic Leadership: Beyond the Hype of Gamification
Location: Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom A
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Making IT Happen Reception
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Conference Welcome/Ignite/President's Award
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Global Education Summit
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with ISTE 2013 Tweet-up
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with SIG Open House
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Learning is an Epic Win 12:00pm-6:00pm Presenter's World Hours
Location: Registration West
Making IT Happen Reception conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Making IT Happen Reception conflicts with Conference Welcome/Ignite/President's Award 12:00pm-1:00pm Making IT Happen Reception
Location: Adjacent to EPIC event
Making IT Happen Reception Sunday, June 23, 2013, 12 noon–1 p.m. Grand Hyatt, Texas Ballroom
Conference Welcome/Ignite/President's Award conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Conference Welcome/Ignite/President's Award conflicts with Making IT Happen Reception
Conference Welcome/Ignite/President's Award conflicts with Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session 12:30pm-2:00pm Conference Welcome/Ignite/President's Award
Location: Hall A, SACC
The presentation is during the Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session which is 1:30-3:00 pm on Sunday, June 23 in Hall A of the San Antonio Convention Center (doors open at 1:00). Please arrive at 12:30 pm for a brief walk-through on stage.
Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session conflicts with Conference Welcome/Ignite/President's Award
Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session conflicts with Global Education Summit 1:30pm-3:00pm Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session
Location: SACC Hall A
Global Education Summit conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Global Education Summit conflicts with Conference Welcome and Opening Ignite Session
Global Education Summit conflicts with ISTE 2013 Tweet-up
Global Education Summit conflicts with SIG Open House 2:00pm-5:00pm Global Education Summit
Location: SACC 103A
ISTE 2013 Tweet-up conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
ISTE 2013 Tweet-up conflicts with Global Education Summit
ISTE 2013 Tweet-up conflicts with SIG Open House 3:00pm-5:00pm ISTE 2013 Tweet-up
Location: SACC Tower View Lobby, Table 20
SIG Open House conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
SIG Open House conflicts with Global Education Summit
SIG Open House conflicts with ISTE 2013 Tweet-up 3:00pm-5:00pm SIG Open House
Location: SACC Tower View Lobby
Learning is an Epic Win conflicts with Presenter's World Hours 5:45pm-7:00pm Learning is an Epic Win
Location: SACC Hall A
7:00pm-8:00pm Opening Social
Location: SACC Tower View Lobby
8:30pm-10:30pm President's Reception
Location: Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom Foyer
Sunday, June 23, 2013 8:30–10:00 p.m. Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom Foyer 600 E. Market St, San Antonio, TX
Monday, June 24
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with SIGOL Forum: Connect, Collaborate, and Create with a MOOC!
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with An Integrated Model for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with SIGOL (Online Learning) Annual Meeting
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Volunteer Leadership Lunch
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Innovation in Teacher Education Playground
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Maintain Academic Integrity in the Cybersphere
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Happy Hour at AWE
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with SIGVE Machinima Fest 8:00am-6:00pm Presenter's World Hours
Location: Registration West
SIGOL Forum: Connect, Collaborate, and Create with a MOOC! conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
SIGOL Forum: Connect, Collaborate, and Create with a MOOC! conflicts with An Integrated Model for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Speaking Engagement 8:00am-9:30am MSIGOL   SIGOL Forum: Connect, Collaborate, and Create with a MOOC!
Location: SACC 103A
An Integrated Model for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
An Integrated Model for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning conflicts with SIGOL Forum: Connect, Collaborate, and Create with a MOOC! 8:30am-9:30am An Integrated Model for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning
Location: SACC 001B
SIGOL (Online Learning) Annual Meeting conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
SIGOL (Online Learning) Annual Meeting conflicts with Volunteer Leadership Lunch Speaking Engagement 11:00am-12:00pm SIGOL (Online Learning) Annual Meeting
Location: SACC 102
Volunteer Leadership Lunch conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Volunteer Leadership Lunch conflicts with SIGOL (Online Learning) Annual Meeting
Volunteer Leadership Lunch conflicts with Innovation in Teacher Education Playground 11:30am-1:30pm Volunteer Leadership Lunch
Location: San Antonio Conference Center, Lonesome Dove Room
Innovation in Teacher Education Playground conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Innovation in Teacher Education Playground conflicts with Volunteer Leadership Lunch
Innovation in Teacher Education Playground conflicts with Maintain Academic Integrity in the Cybersphere 12:30pm-4:00pm Innovation in Teacher Education Playground
Location: SACC Park View Lobby
Maintain Academic Integrity in the Cybersphere conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Maintain Academic Integrity in the Cybersphere conflicts with Innovation in Teacher Education Playground 2:00pm-4:00pm Maintain Academic Integrity in the Cybersphere
Location: SACC Tower View Lobby, Table 28
Happy Hour at AWE conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Happy Hour at AWE conflicts with SIGVE Machinima Fest 5:00pm-7:00pm Happy Hour at AWE
Location: Esquire Tavern
Hello, Thank your for RSVPing for the Happy Hour at ISTE in San Antonio!
SIGVE Machinima Fest conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
SIGVE Machinima Fest conflicts with Happy Hour at AWE 5:30pm-6:45pm SIGVE Machinima Fest
Location: SACC Lila Cockrell Theater
7:30pm-8:30pm FlipSwitch Dinner
Location: Barriba Cantina with 1 guest
Tuesday, June 25
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Mobile Learning Playground
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with ISTE Board Linkage Event
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Minecraft: Learning Blocks!
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Photo Shoot
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Playing It SAFE: Modeling and Practicing Citizenship through Play
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Virtual Environments Playground
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Embedding Social Media in the PBL Process
Presenter's World Hours conflicts with SIGVE (Virtual Environments) Gathering 8:00am-6:00pm Presenter's World Hours
Location: Registration West
Mobile Learning Playground conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Mobile Learning Playground conflicts with ISTE Board Linkage Event
Mobile Learning Playground conflicts with Minecraft: Learning Blocks!
Mobile Learning Playground conflicts with Photo Shoot
Mobile Learning Playground conflicts with Playing It SAFE: Modeling and Practicing Citizenship through Play 9:00am-12:30pm Mobile Learning Playground
Location: SACC Park View Lobby
ISTE Board Linkage Event conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
ISTE Board Linkage Event conflicts with Mobile Learning Playground
ISTE Board Linkage Event conflicts with Minecraft: Learning Blocks!
ISTE Board Linkage Event conflicts with Photo Shoot 10:30am-11:30am ISTE Board Linkage Event
Location: Bloggers Cafe
When: Tuesday, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Where: Bloggers CafĂ© Presented by: ISTE Board Linkage Committee and current and former board members
Minecraft: Learning Blocks! conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Minecraft: Learning Blocks! conflicts with Mobile Learning Playground
Minecraft: Learning Blocks! conflicts with ISTE Board Linkage Event
Minecraft: Learning Blocks! conflicts with Photo Shoot 10:30am-11:30am Minecraft: Learning Blocks!
Location: SACC 217A
Photo Shoot conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Photo Shoot conflicts with Mobile Learning Playground
Photo Shoot conflicts with ISTE Board Linkage Event
Photo Shoot conflicts with Minecraft: Learning Blocks! 11:15am-11:45am Photo Shoot
Location: SACC 002 and 003 River Level
Playing It SAFE: Modeling and Practicing Citizenship through Play conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Playing It SAFE: Modeling and Practicing Citizenship through Play conflicts with Mobile Learning Playground 12:15pm-1:15pm Playing It SAFE: Modeling and Practicing Citizenship through Play
Location: SACC 212
Virtual Environments Playground conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Virtual Environments Playground conflicts with Embedding Social Media in the PBL Process Speaking Engagement 1:30pm-5:00pm Virtual Environments Playground
Location: SACC Park View Lobby
Embedding Social Media in the PBL Process conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
Embedding Social Media in the PBL Process conflicts with Virtual Environments Playground 2:00pm-3:00pm Embedding Social Media in the PBL Process
Location: SACC 103B
SIGVE (Virtual Environments) Gathering conflicts with Presenter's World Hours
SIGVE (Virtual Environments) Gathering conflicts with CILC Open House 5:00pm-6:15pm SIGVE (Virtual Environments) Gathering
Location: SACC Park View Lobby
CILC Open House conflicts with SIGVE (Virtual Environments) Gathering
CILC Open House conflicts with SIG Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm CILC Open House
Location: Grand Hyatt Presidential Suite
To celebrate Ruthie's retirement and Pam's ascension to the Chair. +1 guest if I want.
SIG Reception conflicts with CILC Open House 6:30pm-11:30pm SIG Reception
Location: tba
Wednesday, June 26
Online Learning Institute conflicts with Presenter's World Hours Pre-Registration & Fee Required 8:00am-3:00pm WOLL   Online Learning Institute
Location: Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom A--Host Roundtable during Session 3 at 11:30

Presenter's World Hours conflicts with Online Learning Institute 8:00am-2:00pm Presenter's World Hours
Location: Registration West
5:00pm-10:00pm Pick Up Rental Car and Drive to Lake Conroe
Location: Airport Budget Car Rental
pick-up Wed, Jun 26, 2013 06:15 PM SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL APO - SAT 430 SANDAU ROAD SAN ANTONIO, TX 78216 US hours Sun - Sat 5:00 AM - 12:30 AM phone 210-824-0737
Thursday, June 27
6:00am-6:00pm Fish
Location: Lake Conroe, Texas
Friday, June 28
6:00am-6:00pm Fish
Location: Lake Conroe, Texas
This event continues through Sunday, June 30, after which I fly home to my family, rested and relaxed and ready to work.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

ISTE 2013 -- Post3: SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground Overview and Schedule

Let's talk about the Playground.

First, it's important to remember that the ISTE SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground has been a feature of the huge annual conference hosted by the Mother Ship, the International Society for Technology in Education, since 2007, when it was called the "Second Life Lounge." How many years will it have been held once we convene our annual meeting at 5:15 pm on Tuesday, June 25 in the San Antonio Convention Center? Seven, by my count.

I'm not going to outline the history of this event here, because that's been done (albeit in pieces--maybe we do need to pull all that together, hmmmm) elsewhere. Suffice it to say that it's appeared in many configurations, from a three-day series in which we hosted 35 back to back presentations with no transition time on two "stages" to a single day event (see http://sigve.iste.wikispaces.net/Virtual+Environments+Playground+2012+Schedule for last year's events schedule), to this year's half day event. We've always tried to keep it exciting and dynamic because its topic, how educators are using virtual worlds for learning and teaching) is so.

This year, we have 3 and a half hours to work our magic. Will this limited "supply" and the unknown quantity of "demand" for information about virtual worlds in education serve to bring us a new batch of interested educators or will it thrust us into the shadows amidst the hundreds of concurrent events at a conference which can draw tens of thousands of education-field attendees? Who knows.

What we do know is that we are shaking it up this year. The format has morphed into one that will certainly be a challenge to maintain and present, but will as certainly provide a show.

This year, we are hosting six Learning Stations, and they will each be ongoing the entire span of the 3 1/2 hour ISTE SIGVE Virtual Environments Playground. Each will also be "personed" by a recognized thought leader in the use of each of the themed topics. Each will be featured at a more or less certain time slot at our main presentation area, via an ongoing Google Hangout onscreen, hosted and facilitated by Lowly High Grand Poobah (Chair) Elect, Kae Novak. These stations and their facilitators (the first name in each list is the primary facilitator and the estimated Hangout feature time is in parentheses) are:

1. Second Life! Scott Merrick, Andy Wheelock, with others (tentatively 1:30 ti 1:55)
2. Quest Atlantis/Active Worlds! Bronwyn Stuckey, with others (tentatively 2:00-2:25)
2. WoW/Games! Peggy Sheehy, with others (tentatively 2:30-2:55)
4. Madly Miscellaneous! Cynthia Colongne, Gord Holden (remotely from Canada), with others (tentatively 3:00-3:25)
5. OpenSimulator! Andy Wheelock, Kitely's Ilan Tochner remotely from Israel), with others (tentatively 3:30-3:55)
6. MInecraft! Marianne Malmstrom, with others (tentatively 4:00-4:25)
Following the Playground we will hold our Annual Meeting in the same space, from 5:15 to 6:45.

The event along with others during the ISTE Conference, will be streamed into Second Life at our ISTE SIGVE HQ at http://tinyurl.com/sigvehome and live on YouTube via the Google Hangout. In Second Life, our stalwart Gridjumper, Beth Ghostraven, and Bluebarker Lowtide, will be holding down the fort. This global share of ISTE is something we've done for years now, so if you can't be there, or even if you are at another session at the Conference and want to see what we're up to, join us at HQ. See you there, one way or another!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

ISTE 2013 -- Post2: Exercise Ramblings

I apparently lied to you when I said I'd blog daily. It just got very busy at work and frankly, I forgot that in the last post I promised to do so. So here is random blog post in preparation for ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. We'll be flying in on Saturday.

Let's talk about exercise.

I begin most mornings on my trusty Body Power Recumbent Bike, purchased at around half price from Woot.com a year ago April, and I began documenting my "workouts" (I put that in quotes because I've rigged a laptop stand across the handlebars and sometimes the event is less active than others, though most times I do work up a sweat) with a Google Form I created. I set up six cells with formulas to keep a running total of the following:

Time in minutes    Miles        Calories
11617:51:48          2695.78    93725.26

And yes, those are actual totals,, logged since March 8, 2012. When I hit 4030 miles I plan to celebrate, because I will have biked the equivalent of the distance from my home in Nashville, Tennessee to Anchorage, Alaska.

A month or two ago I got a little smarter and added some 1 pound hand weights and I do reps of curls and presses with two of them together with each arm, hoping to rebuild or at least maintain some muscle as I get older (with any luck). I do my age plus one each set of reps, so it's, yes, 64 of each, sometimes as many sets as three each arm (when I'm feeling I need the extra challenge). I've been logging those in a comments section, but as I write this I realize I should set up extra fields and record those like the other data, as an added incentive to do them regularly.

When I travel, I maintain my habit of rising early and either running or hitting the hotel exercise room. I even used the gym on our anniversary cruise back in March. When I do run, I don't run like I used to: When I lived in Los Gatos decades ago I would run around 40 miles a week and punctuate every run with sprints. My old knees don't like that anymore, so I run a little-old-man jog, but I feel that's better than not running at all. I'll be little-old-man jogging by the Alamo next week in the mornings, and through the suburbs of Lake Conroe the following weekend, so if you see that sad spectacle, say hi. It's only me.



Sunday, June 16, 2013

ISTE 2013 -- Post1: Anticipation (Free Hugs)

Yes, I am hearing Carly Simon's classic foreplay song in my head. You can listen to it as you read by clicking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibSelIFBR8s .

I've not been blogging so much of late. I hereby play the Work card. We've been so busy all my writing has been in emails of support, help tickets, and communication with our small but mighty team at MNPS Virtual School, related to our Summer Success 2013 program, in which over 200 public school students are earning half credits (or more, if they are dedicated, and many are!) toward catching up or accelerating their education and earning their high school diplomas.
Our Team of 5: Sherry Hill, Scott Merrick, Adrienne McNew, Dr. James Witty, and Michael Terry
 That's the team, above. Sherry's holding down the fort and the rest of us are staying connected via the magic of the internetz, but will be in San Antonio. If you see any of us at any time, say hi!

I'm also working behind the scenes to help make ISTE 2013 the very best ever.

All that said, I hereby pledge to blog every day from now until I finish my fishing expedition to Lake Conroe, and hopefully doing so will get me back into the habit (including the fishing days will give me time to reflect and also to write about things not ISTE). Let's see [opens calendar], they say if you do a task correctly 26 times in a row you can unlearn the wrong habits. Well. That will be only 15 blog posts, but maybe that will suffice in collusion with my immensely good intentions.

To start, I want to share my schedule in San Antonio with you. Many of these scheduled events, done so at http://isteconference.org using the facile "Conference Planner" are in conflict, time-wise, but it's my strategy to get everything I hope to attend in hand on my iPhone, and then to pick and choose in the moment. I'm still working on it and I will update here as I do my revisions. Meanwhile:

 ISTE's Annual Conference & Exposition, June 23-26, 2013 Planner
for Scott Merrick
Note: Free Hugs, come and get 'em (not speaking for my team, but I'm in)!


Saturday, June 22
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6:30pm-8:30pm
Core Volunter Social--by invitation
Ballroom Bowie, Grand Hyatt (next to the convention center)
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Sunday, June 23
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9:00am-12:00pm
Epic Leadership: Beyond the Hype of Gamification
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom A
NOTES: Registration Received, co-facilitate
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12:00pm-1:00pm
Making IT Happen Reception
Adjacent to EPIC event
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12:00pm-6:00pm
Presenter's World Hours
Registration West
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2:00pm-5:00pm
Global Education Summit
SACC 103A
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3:00pm-5:00pm
SIG Open House -- both SIGOL and SIGVE
SACC Tower View Lobby
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5:45pm-7:00pm
Learning is an Epic Win
SACC Hall A
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7:00pm-8:00pm
Opening Social
SACC Tower View Lobby
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8:30pm-10:30pm
President's Reception--by invitation
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom Foyer

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Monday, June 24
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8:00am-6:00pm
Presenter's World Hours
Registration West
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8:00am-9:30am
SIGOL Forum: Connect, Collaborate, and Create with a MOOC!
SACC 103A
NOTES: Speaking Engagement, co-facilitate
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11:00am-12:00pm
SIGOL (Online Learning) Annual Meeting
SACC 102
NOTES: Speaking Engagement, accept VP position
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11:30am-1:30pm
Volunteer Leadership Lunch--by invitation
San Antonio Conference Center, Lonesome Dove Room
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12:30pm-4:00pm
Innovation in Teacher Education Playground
co-facilitate, wrangle three SIGOL presentations
SACC Park View Lobby
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5:30pm-6:45pm
SIGVE Machinima Fest -- bring popcorn for first 30 attendees, livestream
SACC Lila Cockrell Theater
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7:30pm-8:30pm
FlipSwitch Dinner
Barriba Cantina with 1 guest

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Tuesday, June 25
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8:00am-6:00pm
Presenter's World Hours
Registration West
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9:00am-12:30pm
Mobile Learning Playground
SACC Park View Lobby
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10:30am-11:30am
Minecraft: Learning Blocks!
SACC 217A
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12:15pm-1:15pm
Playing It SAFE: Modeling and Practicing Citizenship through Play
SACC 212
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1:30pm-5:00pm
Virtual Environments Playground-- Facilitator with a great deal of tribal collaboration
SACC Park View Lobby
NOTES: Speaking Engagement
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5:00pm-6:15pm
SIGVE (Virtual Environments) Gathering
SACC Park View Lobby
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6:30pm-11:30pm
SIG Reception
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Wednesday, June 26
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8:00am-3:00pm
Online Learning Instituted -- co-host Roundtable, session 3, with Dr. James Witty
Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom A
NOTES: Pre-Registration & Fee Required
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8:00am-2:00pm
Presenter's World Hours
Registration West
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5:00pm-10:00pm
Pick Up Rental Car and Drive to Lake Conroe
Airport Budget Car Rental

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Thursday, June 27
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6:00am-6:00pm
Fish
Lake Conroe, Texas

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Friday, June 28
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6:00am-6:00pm
Fish---continues through June 30, then fly home to loving family rested and relaxed
Lake Conroe, Texas