EdCampPDX at Lewis

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 my school, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, hosted EdCampPDX. Educators from the Portland metro area (and as far as Eugene) came together to discuss and learn together. It makes me feel good when on a sunny, warm, spring Saturday in Portland, 50+ educators choose to came together inside, and talk, listen, and learn from one another.

A common discussion point was why our district and building based professional development offerings could not be more like an edcamp. I was heartened to see several representatives from my own district in attendance, including some who help plan professional development for teachers and administrators. Hopefully some of this type of learning will show up in future offerings. I know I plan to do more of this with my own staff. 

It was a great event and I would like to thank the organizers for their work. Also a big thank you to ORVSD for providing lunch.

The Town Theater

I'm visiting the Chicago area for a few days. Today I was driving to my mom's home and passed by The Town Theater in Highland, Indiana. When I was in high school and college, The Town Theater was an island of cinema in a sea of multiplexes. A place near my home town that showed foreign language films and limited release art house movies.

Sad to see it is no longer open.

Friday at Lewis

Posts by Lewis staff via a Flipboard Magazine...

Posts by Lewis staff via a Flipboard Magazine...

This has been a pretty busy week at Lewis. We are continuing with our work with Portland Taiko. The last of our classes will work with them again on Monday, with a performance on Tuesday afternoon. It has been a great experience and several of our teachers have written about it on their classroom blogs. To read these please follow the link below:
Taiko at Lewis: Posts from classroom blogs...

Intel's Jones Farm Conference Center

Intel's Jones Farm Conference Center

This week Mr. Marchyok, one of our 5th grade teachers, and I had the opportunity to travel to Intel's Jones Farm facility in Hillsboro to take part in a Chromebook app design session. Intel brought in some educators, engineers, and user interface designers to work together in Design Thinking teams. This was a new experience for me and I found it very exciting. It was also nice to be able to see how a corporation goes through a development process. All in all a very good experience.

 

 

It is looking like spring is finally here, we had some great weather this week. Our plum trees in front of the school have started to bloom, along with our daffodils, and our tulips are just about ready to do so. 

Friday afternoon at Lewis

Friday afternoon at Lewis

Lewis Audio Postcard: March 7, 2014

We produce a semi-weekly audio podcast about events and activities taking place at Lewis Elementary School. Below is our most current effort which highlights our recent Talent Show, kindergarten information, and a bit about our current Japanese drumming residency with Portland Taiko.

IntegratED in Portland...

This week IntegratED-PDX was held in Portland. This is the annual conference put on by OETC. The event opened up with a special leadership strand on Wednesday. I had the opportunity to work with Tricia George and we helped to facilitate a session with school administrators focused on using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share the story of your school.

Photo Credit: rwentechaney via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: rwentechaney via Compfight cc

The opening keynote was by Mark Frauenfelder, the founder of BoingBoing and Make Magazine. His message of the maker movement and the celebration of DIY, was something that I have not heard spotlighted in a major education conference keynote and was very glad that OETC provided him the opportunity to share this. 

On Thursday Tricia George and I helped facilitate a discussion with school leaders about trends and challenges associated with technology. I liked that the majority of the time was spent in table groups having conversations.

Finally the aspect of IntegratED that i enjoy most is that this conference works very hard to break down hierarchies. Michelle Cordy had an insightful Twitter post about how the name badges did not have ribbons to designate speakers, board members, and other strata of conference goer. Just a a blank slate which allows participants to tell who they are.

To me that is the most important take away from this event. Darren Hudgins and the staff of OETC work hard to bring in interesting people, doing interesting work, work focused on students and learning, and then make a space that allows them to share, and learn with the participants. The opportunity to connect with participants is just one of the many aspects of the program that make this my favorite conference. 

iPDX14 

iPDX14 

An important aspect of this is time after sessions, when people gather. I was fortunate to be able to connect with many of the participants in the evenings and between sessions. The size of the conference makes connecting possible. 

Finally the event allows me to connect with old friends and also connect with new friends that I have met via social media. It is a great venue for connecting with educators working on the cutting edge of education and I encourage folks to consider attending next  year...

@techlandiacast and friends on a rainy Saturday in Portland... 

@techlandiacast and friends on a rainy Saturday in Portland... 

The Lonesome Teacher Trio...

On Friday evening Lewis Elementary School held its annual Talent Show. The show is lead by our 4th grade teacher, Sarah Kohn, along with support from many parents. The acts are mainly students singing, dancing, performing gymnastics, playing musical instruments and performing in skits.  Students also act as announcers and stage support. We have posted a few photos on our Flickr site. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjTAVD1g 

In the last few years we have started a new Talent Show tradition. A performance by  The Lonesome Teacher Trio. The trio consists of our won Mr. Colvin, Mr. Jamesbarry, and Mr. Marchyok. Enjoy.

The Lonesome Teacher Trio...