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The Daily Find: March 2, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

As you continue to reflect on the past week, you are encouraged to share with the greater community your experiences at this year’s NAIS conference, your “Ah Ha!” moments, the big “take aways” resources shared and anything else you feel would be of interest to the greater community. If you maintain a personal blog, please send the link of any NAIS reflections to naisac15@gmail.com and also Tweet it out with the tag #naisac and mention of @naisac15. That will help me get these distributed to the greater community. If you do not have a blog, fear not as there is a way for you to participate as well. Simply write your reflection in any word processor then send the text to naisac15@gmail.com and I will make sure it gets posted on the community site with attribution. Please include your name and your school.

NAISAC Online Community Site
The following are new posts in the NAISAC Online Community at https://naisac15.wordpress.com/

Liz Davis
We built it, but not many came…How do we reinvigorate teachers unplugged?
This is the fourth year that I have helped to organize the Teachers Unplugged session at NAISAC. This is a participant driven session in which the attendees propose and vote on topics for discussion and then we sit at round tables and have…MORE

Mark Crotty
Affirmation through absence: Thoughts on #NAISAC 2015
I’m writing this post somewhat out of guilt. I had been honored to be selected as one of the official bloggers for the NAIS Annual Convention this year. But I ended up…MORE

Lorri Carroll
My top takeaways from #NAISAC 2015…And wishes for #NAISAC 2016.
Since I take public notes on twitter, my top takeaways will be my tweets or retweets of others. These are the things that will hopefully stick with me long after NAISAC 2015…MORE

Chris Bigenho
The inaugural NAISAC interactive makerspace- Fun for all!
I have now been working in partnership with NAIS since 2008 and have worked on a variety of interesting projects. This year, working with Amy Ahart from NAIS, we wanted to try something new and landed on the idea of…MORE.


Community Bloggers

Derrick Willard
2015 NAIS Annual Conference Reflections: Designing the Revolution
I had the good fortune to attend the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston this week.  The theme was “Designing the Revolution.” Note a conference goal for attendees was…MORE

Larry Kahn
Let’s Keep the Conversations of Mindfulness Going

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The Daily Find: February 27, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

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The conference has come to an end but the conversations are just getting started. There was so much that was shared at this year’s conference. Everywhere you turned, there was something to learn. Opportunities to learn included the keynote and featured speakers, three- hour and one- hour workshops, NAIS MakerSpace, Online Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces, exhibit hall floor, Twitter #NAISAC, and for all of us, the many hallway and restaurant conversations we had with other independent school educators representing all elements of independent school education. The challenge now for each of us is to see what this all means for us as individuals, as educators and what we will do to take our schools to the next level in this dynamic time of change in education.

As you continue to reflect on the past week, you are encouraged to share with the greater community your experiences at this year’s NAIS conference, your “Ah Ha!” moments, the big “take aways” resources shared and anything else you feel would be of interest to the greater community. If you maintain a personal blog, please send the link of any NAIS reflections to naisac15@gmail.com and also Tweet it out with the tag #naisac and mention of @naisac15. That will help me get these distributed to the greater community. If you do not have a blog, fear not as there is a way for you to participate as well. Simply write your reflection in any word processor then send the text to naisac15@gmail.com and I will make sure it gets posted on the community site with attribution. Please include your name and your school.

NAISAC Online Community Site
The following are new posts in the NAISAC Online Community at https://naisac15.wordpress.com/

Lorri Carroll

Liz B. Davis

Chris Bigenho


Posted on NAIS Conference Site

Bridget Janicki, NAIS

The Daily Find: February 23, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

GETTING STARTED
Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

NAISAC 2015

Join the MakerSpace Conversation
You are invited to join in an online conversation to answer the question: What is a Maker Space? Learn more about how to participate at MakerSpace Forum.

#NAISAC TWEET ARCHIVE
Check out the Tweet Archive for #NAISAC! This is an archive of all the tweets sent using the official hashtag #NAISAC and the older form of the tag. This automatically archives each tweet including all links shared. This can be an extremely valuable resource as we move through the conference and beyond. Knowing that there are a lot of resources shared through links posted to Twitter, you will be able to return to this site and capture all those “gold nuggets”. This archive is also posted on the NAISAC community site under Community Sites on the right side of your screen.

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Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces
As you sit by the fire dreaming of warmer weather and waiting for your plane to take you to Boston for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference, take some time and read through the 20 schools that have submitted entries for [MORE]

The Interactive MakerSpace at #NAISAC and the Maker Mindset
The Maker Movement is taking the education world by storm. In an effort to help school administrators and teachers better understand this movement, NAIS is pleased to offer the NAIS Makerspace, located in the Exhibit Hall. This space will [MORE]

Lorri Carroll
@lcarroll94
Gear Up for #NAISAC 2015 and Download the App Today!
I remember feeling overwhelmed with the program book a few years back. I had a hard time figuring out my schedule, reading through descriptions and speaker info, and getting up to date information on [MORE]

Lisa Abel-Palmieri
@Learn21Tech
Girls Can make Stuff Too!
Maker education provides both boys and girls with the opportunity to learn dexterity, ideation, teamwork, and have fun while solving problems and building creative confidence.  As an independent school administrator and educator leading the [MORE]

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL COMMUNITY BLOGGERS

Josie Holford
@JosieHolford
Making- the ideal complement to the life of the mind- is on its way to College
The NAIS Annual Conference – #naisac15 – is coming right up. This year schools were invited to contribute to an interactive Makerspace where attendees can explore aspects of this new movement in education…. 21st century skills it seems have a great deal in common with 17th and 18th century skills in that craft and practical application matter again. There’s been a signal switch in the kinds of skill-sets people need [MORE]

Derrick Willard
@dwillard
“Design the Revolution” but, please don’t talk to me about cool furniture:
Consider this scenario…a faculty member walks up to me and says “how do I get some of those rolly desks.” Yes, I’m talking about Steelcase Nodes, the super light and agile student desks. I love ‘em.  But, I do not want to have discussions about buying cool furniture.  My response is always, “tell me about your [MORE]

Jared Colley
@jcolley8
How Innovate an English Class? Flip, Gamify, and Post Online: Some Notes from a First Time Gamer
There are 3 major ways I have re-designed the learning experience for my students to make the English class a little less traditional. Shortly put, I’ve flipped the class, gamifiedcurricular assignments, and connected students to real audiences via digital platforms such as blogger, and as result, class time is [MORE]

Marti Weston
@MartiWeston
Makerspaces Are Amazing, Yet I Remember When…
I am so energized by makerspaces, where people — children and adults — have access to all sorts of equipment to invent, try out ideas, and make things. I’ve spent some time in makerspaces at a number of conferences, and last summer I wrote about my experience at Gary Stager’s Constructing Modern Knowledge 2014[MORE]

Chris Bigenho
@bigenhoc
Shipping up to Boston” for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference
“I’m Shipping up to Boston” for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference- Design the Revolution: Blending Learning, Leading and Innovation. I am excited to again be packing my bags for a week of amazing work, sharing and learning with close to 5000 folks from independent schools all across the nation. [MORE]

COMMUNITY DAILY
This is an automated daily news paper that is created from the information shared by members of the NAISAC15 Twitter community. As members of the community share resources and ideas through Twitter, they are aggregated and categorized then presented as a daily paper.

The Daily Find Feb. 13, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

  • You can add your blog to the feed by sending your name, school, job title and link to your blog to naisac15@gmail.com.

GETTING STARTED
Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

NAISAC 2015
#NAISAC TWEET ARCHIVE
Check out the Tweet Archive for #NAISAC! This is an archive of all the tweets sent using the official hashtag #NAISAC and the older form of the tag. This automatically archives each tweet including all links shared. This can be an extremely valuable resource as we move through the conference and beyond. Knowing that there are a lot of resources shared through links posted to Twitter, you will be able to return to this site and capture all those “gold nuggets”. This archive is also posted on the NAISAC community site under Community Sites on the right side of your screen.

Independent School Bloggers
The list of independent school bloggers continues to grow. You can see the current list posted on the main NAISAC Online Community site https://naisac15.wordpress.com/. Additionally, you will find an active RSS feed of these blogs posted on the lower right side of the site. New blogs are being posted to the site and added to the RSS feed as they are submitted. Check out the following link for information on how to submit a blog link to the community of Independent School Bloggers.

Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces
Check out the three submissions to the Gallery of Independent School MakerSpaces! This link will help you can learn more about how to add your school to this growing list. This gallery is designed to be a resource long beyond the conference. If you are new to the idea of “Making” and MakerSpaces, check out the Interactive MakerSpace that will be on the exhibit floor during this year’s NAIS Annual conference!

COMMUNITY BLOGS

Larry Kahn
Four Opportunities to Learn about Mindfulness at this year’s NAIS Conference
Chances are that like me you are racing around doing all the things one needs to do, both at home and school, to get things in order before leaving to attend this year’s NAIS annual conference.   I encourage you to stop, catch your breath, relax, and consider taking the opportunity to [MORE]

Josie Holford
Ride the Tiger: Design the Revolution
I’m looking forward to the NAIS Annual Conference- #naisac15 – this year – assuming of course that Boston can dig its way out of all the snow. The theme is appealing:  “Design the Revolution”.  It’s a slogan that manages to [MORE]

Chris Thinnes
Upcoming Workshops at #NAISAC 2015: Cultural Competence & Public-Private Partnership
I am excited to collaborate with two great teams in workshops at the upcoming NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. In each case, we are hoping to provoke dialogue and catalyze action in areas that matter dearly to each of us — but to learn as much from the experience and insight of participants, as we [MORE]

Mark Crotty
Dreaming of School-Business Symbiosis
During my thirty-two years in independent education, one trend I’ve noticed is schools taking more and more lessons and directions from the world of business. Some of the topics which immediately jump to mind include[MORE]

Richard Kassissieh
Of Mice, Men , and Instagram
How can middle school students begin to recognize complexity and empathize with characters in literature? In a conventional approach, a teacher might pose thought-provoking questions to students and draw their attention to key passages in the story. However, this approach [MORE]

Connie White
Changing It Up!
Although my initial degree was a B.S. in Chemistry, my first teaching job was an interim position in the area of mathematics. It was March and I was filling in at Burns High School in North Carolina for a teacher who was unable to complete the year.  I remember working long hours to prepare to teach Calculus, Geometry, Algebra II and General Math each day. I barely kept my head above water.  It was that first year, however, that I received feedback from one of the many required, formal classroom observations that would forever change the way I prepare to teach. [MORE]

Marti Weston
Learning How to Code: Demonstrating How to Learn Report #2
We educators offer great gifts to our 21st Century students when we demonstrate that we, too, can learn new things. By letting children see us mastering unfamiliar information, figuring out problems, overcoming challenges, and yes, even making mistakes, we help them develop more comfort and confidence when they make errors and feel like they are not making progress. [MORE]

Jennifer Carey
Have Mobile Phones in the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment?
Last week, while reviewing our class syllabus on the first day, I made a decision to do a little experiment. Rather than make the announcement that mobile phones should beturned off during class, I did the opposite. I told my visual anthropology class that unrestricted use of mobile phones in class would be allowed this semester. [MORE]

Christian Talbot
Can Online “Teams” Be Smart
Should schools prepare students to participate meaningfully in a global economy and community? Of course they should. But for our students, this increasingly means interacting with others in an online environment.  So the fact that some teams are smarter than others because of members’ ability to read emotional expression might cause you to panic. [MORE]

 COMMUNITY DAILY
This is an automated daily news paper that is created from the information shared by members of the NAISAC15 Twitter community. As members of the community share resources and ideas through Twitter, they are aggregated and categorized then presented as a daily paper.

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The Daily Find Feb 9, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

GETTING STARTED
Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

NAISAC 2015

Peter Gow
Designing Boston: When you think “Boston”, what comes to mind might not exactly be a sleek, futuristic vision of a city. The streetlights and [MORE]

Chris Bigenho
Join the Gallery of MakerSpaces
This year we will have an interactive makerspace in the exhibit hall just outside the NAIS Bookstore. Additionally, we are starting to assemble a gallery of independent school makerspaces. You can join Berkeley Preparatory School and University Child Development School in the Independent School MakerSpace Gallery.[MORE]

COMMUNITY BLOGS

Chris Thinnes
What if K-12 Education were more like Preschool?
The other day, a colleague and I preparing for a conference workshop gave ourselves some time to ask ourselves a number of the 30,000-foot questions we rarely take the time to ask. I found myself fascinated by how rarely in our national dialogue about K-12 school reform – dominated by a myopic, nostalgic, and restrictive construct of “college readiness” [MORE]

Chris Bigenho
Connecting Knowledge through Experiential Education at Greenhill: The History and Science of our First National Park
Take a stroll through any major university and you can find great halls and facilities dedicated to the teaching of specific disciplines. K-12 schools start to look that way as you move through the upper grades. You can find classrooms where the beauty of mathematics is shared with students. English and History is [MORE]

Joel Garza
An Authentic Audience: Lit Genius and SoundCloud
My class, for years, for better or worse, has been mine. I’m not sure how to think about this autonomy. On certain days, this autonomy can lead a teacher to be complacent—leaning on this student to keeping the discussion alive, allowing that student to say nothing (yet docking her points in a gradebook for her complacency). On some days, like many teachers, I needed somebody to tell me that I [MORE]

Sarah Barton Thomas
Bored and Brilliant Follow-UP
Saturday was the last day of the New Tech City Bored and Brilliant project. I was deeply ensconced in edcamp Maryland so I did not participate in last day’s challenge nor did I really do the observational challenge. However, I did take several of the challenges quite seriously and was really interested in the results.[MORE]

Cecily Stock
Education’s Role in Raising Ethical Digital Citizens
At the January 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — a gathering of more than 160,000 technology trade association members looking for a piece of the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry — there was a lot of buzz about new products for kids. [MORE]

COMMUNITY DAILY
This is an automated daily news paper that is created from the information shared by members of the NAISAC15 Twitter community. As members of the community share resources and ideas through Twitter, they are aggregated and categorized then presented as a daily paper.

The Daily Find: Feb. 4, 2015

The Daily Find (TDF) is a feature of the NAISAC Online Community. Content comes from features, events and themes related to this year’s conference in Boston and from the community of independent school bloggers and NAISAC 2015 Twitter Community.

GETTING STARTED
Learn how you can participate in the online community for the 2015 NAIS Annual Conference in Boston. Everything you need to know is found here.

  • You can add your blog to the feed by sending your name, school, job title and link to your blog to naisac15@gmail.com.

 

NAISAC 2015

Peter Gow
Boston is getting ready! [LINK]

Chris Bigenho
Gallery of Independent School Maker Spaces [LINK]
What will you learn, share, see this year at NAISAC 2015? [LINK]
Participate in Gallery of Independent School Maker Spaces [LINK]


 

COMMUNITY BLOGS

Jared Colley
More on learning as a community: How Google Docs can redefine the roles of class discussion for teachers and shy kids alike [LINK]

Beth Holland
4 tips to transform your learning spaces (Behind the scenes info) [LINK]

Jed Dioguardi
Why we should all learn coding- Infographic [LINK]

Jennifer Carey
Design thinking with iPads [LINK]

Eric from GOA
On teaching online: How to begin [LINK]