3 Interactive Resources from ICE 2015


I truly enjoyed my time at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference last week. It’s always great to have a chance to engage in real conversations with innovative educators, instead of exchanging ideas through tweets and emails! And of course, it’s fantastic to meet so many educators who are passionate about using technology as a tool for learning. 

I attended some really great sessions and I also facilitated some sessions, but I was truly re-enerergized by the conversations that happened along the way. These deep and extended conversations happen best when educators go outside the walls of their schools and gather together in person to share ideas. 

Of course, if you weren’t able to attend ICE15, there’s still a lot to be learned by exploring the wealth of resources that were created and published by those who presented. Here are 3 interactive resources I shared at #ICE15.


Digital Differentiation – General Conference Session

Explore the interactive slideshow from my general conference session. It is filled with tools and resources to help educators leverage the power of tech to differentiate instruction and it is totally powered by ThingLink_EDU.

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ThingLink Interactive Science Image Slam 

View the archived webinar to share the winning images from the Science Creative Challenges and get inspired by the amazing educators that created them. The webinar was broadcast live from ICE on February 24th.


Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Drive

During this workshop, participants worked their way through the interactive resource below to learn to get started with ThingLink and create interactive activities for students, powered by Google Drive. It was quite useful to add resources to the interactive resource as we went through each of the lessons, adding tags to provide answers to questions and more information. This session was so much fun, mostly because of the amazing educators who attended. What enthusiasm!

Explore this interactive image to find lesson plans, activities and examples.

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Get More ICE Resources

Get presenter resources and shared notes from sessions on the Presenter Resources page of the ICE Conference Website. Follow @ICE_Il and use the hashtag  #ICE15.

ICE Cold Mini Conference

I had a wondrful time at the ICE COLD Spring Mini-Conference this morning despite the April snow and downright blustery day. The event was packed, the information was interesting and relevant, and there was a lot of excitement everywhere.

Kudos to the organizers of this well organized and fun annual event!. $5.00 was quite a bargain!

Here are a couple of resources from this fun-filled morning of learning:


Unpacking the Common Core: Digital Tools to Support the Academic Vocabulary Shift
This is the session I presented:




Literacy and the Common Core Standards

You will find the LiveBinder created by Dawn Sayer to be a very useful resource. I really enjoyed listening to Dawn’s innovative teaching ideas and learning the ways she uses some of the same tools in efficient and effective ways. Good stuff here!

http://livebinders.com/play/play?id=669613&present=true