Posted by: 123vc | Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 Day 3: Everything Old is New Again

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It is exciting to see active interest, energy, and enthusiasm return to the El Paso ISD Video Conferencing program!  My pick for a theme song of the week is “Everything Old is New Again.”

Today we hit the ground running as we reviewed and prepared guest content provider materials, oriented ourselves with today’s volunteer jobs, got ready for our theme song of the week roll call, and took some time to finalize our introductory Google Presentation slides or further explore CILC, the TWICE Video Conferencing Database, or Connect2Texas while reviewing blog comments.

We had a lot of fun learning about the MysteryQuest collaborative project format with our MysteryQuest Beaches activity.

For our guest speakers today, we had the Pro Football Hall of Fame and The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Our afternoon local time included an introduction to CAPspace and then PBWorks with the Wikis in Plain English video.

We closed out Day 3 with our small group session as projects moved toward finalization with preparation beginning for the project commercial pitches.

As you think back on the activities of the day, please review the questions below and post a comment.

* What new ideas for using videoconferencing in the curriculum did you discover today?

* What have you noticed about the interactions among the different sites?

* What do you think will be the biggest challenge for implementing videoconferencing in your setting?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

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Posted by: 123vc | Wednesday, November 16, 2016

2016 Day 2: Deeper Dive

day-2-deeper-diveToday we dove deeper into the video conferencing ocean and built upon our knowledge and skills.

We started the day with an active roll call with our group “cheers.”

We used Math Marvels to explore the Academic Challenges format during our project simulation time.

Our guest speakers came in from LEARNnco and the Center for Puppetry Arts.

During our local times we started introducing ourselves using a Google Presentation slide.

We picked back up with our small groups in the afternoon, assigning team roles and further identifying the aspects of our projects.

As you reflect on the activities of the day, please review the questions below and post a comment.

* What do you know now that you did not know when you began this class Tuesday morning?

* What is your powerful learning for today?

* What excites you about using video conferencing with your staff or students?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

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DON’T FORGET YOUR BEACH PROPS FOR TOMORROW!

Posted by: 123vc | Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 Day 1: Stoking the Fire

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We are officially off and running at stoking the fire of the El Paso ISD video conferencing program through the 2016 123VC Jazz workshop.  It is AWESOME that we have such a great group of leaders to build community with!

We started out the day creating name tents and reviewing the Preparing Yourself for 123VC information.  The tone for the workshop was set with the “Learning to Change, Changing to Learn” video as we completed the workshop overview, learned about the Volunteer Jobs, and prepared for our first roll call, site sign & slogan.

The Brown & Burges connection kicked off with the morning simulation time as we received an introduction to the Exchanges format.  We then experienced four types of Exchanges:  Animal, Community, Literature, and Monster before debriefing to process what we learned about video conferencing and what project ideas were already percolating.

A brief break followed with lunch before we got right back into things with the “Virtual Field Trips Take Off” video and our Guest Speakers, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Manhattan School of Music.

We then had some local time where we talked about the content provider resources CILCTWICE Video Conferencing Database, and Connect2Texas.

The last part of the day was the Small Group session where we REALLY got to know our team members for the first time, interacted with the video conferencing technology a bit more, and started to brainstorm some ideas for the group project.

As you reflect on the activities of the day, please review the questions below and post a comment.

* What was the most challenging part of today for you and why? 

* Why would teaching content to your students using some of the tools we used today help create students with 21st century skills? 

* How do you feel about working with people that you have not met face-to-face (IRL)?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

Posted by: 123vc | Thursday, July 23, 2015

2015 Day 4: No Excuses

excuses“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” 
― 
Benjamin Franklin

It is inevitable.  The signs are already creeping up to the forefront as we close out the first four days of the 123VC Jazz workshop and are thinking about EVERYTHING we need to do to start another school year on top of all of the family and other personal commitments.  That overwhelmed, anxiety ridden feeling of knowing that there is too much to do and not enough time to get it all done.  It happens to all of us at one time or another, more or less.  When it does happen, try to pause, take a few deep breaths, and remind yourself that it is all right and you are not alone.  Tomorrow is another day and we will do what we can to try to do what we know is best and ask for help.  Basically, do what you can to apply what you have learned and experienced so far from 123VC Jazz as you now know for a fact that these are resources that will benefit all learners at all levels in many different ways.  Not doing that is not just an excuse for mailing it in, but a huge waste of time for yourself and everyone else that you have interacted with during the week.

Today we spent some time comparing and contrasting various video communications models, from using mobile devices to computers to room systems. 

Both sites did a 6 word summary of the week for roll call that led in to a powerful, fourth video conferencing collaborative project model with the ASK Process.

After lunch we kicked off some reflection and planning time by reviewing the Changing Education Paradigms video together.

We then moved into our last small group project planning session before closing things out with each group doing a commercial pitch for their project and watching the 2015 123VC Jazz video together.

As you think back on the activities over the last four days, please review the questions below and post a comment.

*How will you share videoconferencing with others? What will you tell them about it?

*How did you grow or change any of your personal perceptions this week?

*What will you do to overcome the challenges you will face that will try to get you off track from applying what you learned over the last four days?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

Posted by: 123vc | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Day 3: Building Knowledge Together

knowledgeIt is always amazing to see the excitement build with 123VC Jazz groups as new things are learned through all of the various experiences during the week.  Following along on your blog reflection comments really conveys that message.

Today we hit the ground running again as we prepared for our local trivia roll call and took some time to finalize our introductory Google Presentation slides or further explore CILC, the TWICE Video Conferencing Database, or Connect2Texas.

We had a lot of fun learning about the MysteryQuest collaborative project format with our MysteryQuest Beaches activity.

For our guest speaker today, we had a first time 123VC Jazz content provider, Global Education Motivators.

Our afternoon local time included an introduction to CAPspace and then PBWorks with the Wikis in Plain English video.

We closed out Day 3 with our small group session as projects moved toward finalization with preparation beginning for the project commercial pitches.

As you think back on the activities of the day, please review the questions below and post a comment.

* What new ideas for using videoconferencing in the curriculum did you discover today?

* What have you noticed about the interactions among the different sites?

* What do you think the biggest challenge for implementing videoconferencing in your setting will be next year?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

Posted by: 123vc | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 2: The Journey Continues

journeyToday we continued our video conferencing journey together building upon our knowledge and skills.

We started the day with an active roll call all the way around with our group “cheers.”

We used Math Marvels to explore the Academic Challenges format during our project simulation time.

Our guest speakers came in from the Manhattan School of Music and the Center for Puppetry Arts.

During our local times we started introducing ourselves using a Google Presentation slide and got a preview of the MysteryQuest collaborative project simulation planned for tomorrow.

We picked back up with our small groups in the afternoon, assigning team roles and further identifying the aspects of our projects.

As you reflect on the activities of the day, please review the questions below and post a comment.

* What do you know now that you did not know when you began this class Monday morning?

* What is your powerful learning for today?

* What excites you about using videoconferencing with your staff or students?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

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Posted by: 123vc | Monday, July 20, 2015

Day 1: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

yellow-brick-roadWow!  You’ve made it through the first day of the 2015 123VC Jazz workshop.  It is the beginning of a journey we are taking together where we will face some challenges (hopefully no flying monkeys or wicked witches), but come through with new knowledge and positive momentum as we enter the 2015-2016 school year.

We started out the day getting set-up with your new laptops, creating name tents, and reviewing the Preparing Yourself for 123VC information.  The tone for the workshop was set with the “Learning to Change, Changing to Learn” video as we completed the workshop overview, learning about the Volunteer Jobs and preparing for our first roll call, location/weather.

We met our CNYRIC colleagues when we kicked off the morning simulation time and received an introduction to the Exchanges format.  We then experienced four types of Exchanges:  Animal, Community, Literature, and Monster before debriefing to process what we learned about video conferencing and what project ideas were already percolating. 

A brief break followed with lunch before we got right back into things with the “Virtual Field Trips Take Off” video and our Guest Speakers, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and LEARNnco.

We then had some local time where we talked about the content provider resources CILC, TWICE Video Conferencing Database, and Connect2Texas.

The last part of the day was the Small Group session where we met our team members for the first time, learning more about each other, interacted with the video conferencing technology a bit more, and started to brainstorm some ideas for the group project.

As you reflect on the activities of the day, please review the questions below and post a comment.

* What was the most challenging part of today for you and why?

* Why would teaching content to your students using some of the tools we used today help create students with 21st century skills?

* How do you feel about working with people that you have not met face-to-face (IRL)?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

Posted by: 123vc | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Follow-up Session #1: Navigating through the Corn Maze

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You did it!  You weaved your way through the corn maze and found your way back to our happy, little 123VC Jazz group.  Congratulations!  Don’t take it lightly as many get lost and are never heard from again.

Hopefully connecting with us today not only gave you more insight into what resources you have available to you and how they work, but reignited some of the excitement and intrigue you gained in the summer.  We want to use any momentum we generate from this session to help you move forward with your videoconference plans and goals.

Besides catching up with everyone and refocusing for our journey ahead, one new resource we learned about today was Nepris.  Hopefully you made some connections for how it may apply to your activities and it has been added to your videoconferencing tool belt. 

As you reflect on the time since the summer part of the workshop and today’s session, think about the questions below and post a comment.

*What hurdles did you have to overcome in order to participate today (big or small) and what made you work through them?

*Why do you think some people who have experienced the power of videoconferencing and fully understand what can be done still decide not to utilize this resource?

*How are you going to use your own experiences and knowledge to continue to use videoconferencing yourself and expand it to others?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

Posted by: 123vc | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Day 4: You Get it Now, Right?

ideaBe honest.  Before you finished the first day or maybe even halfway through the second day, you were still thinking, “I don’t know about all this videoconferencing stuff.  It seems good and fun, but I’m not sure it’s for me.”  Then all of the sudden you looked up and realized that it hit you.  You had become so engrossed in the activity that the fact that you were videoconferencing dissolved into the periphery.  You got it.  It is for you and everyone else too.  Welcome to the club.  Your membership card goes out in the mail next week.

We want you to try to take that moment and remember it.  You will need it to combat not only the day to day drain of distracting tasks, but the Naysayers that try to remind you that it isn’t for you.  When you become weak, remember us, your Sponsors, and throw us your life preserver so we can help pull you back in.  We will do everything we can to right the ship and get you set back on your course.

Today we reflected on our time together and summarized it in six words for the morning roll call.  We briefly discussed various videoconferencing set-ups before moving into the ASK process.  After spending time connecting literature to personal thoughts/feelings with Veterans (and drying our eyes), we began preparing for the close of the summer session by completing some planning documents and reviewing follow-up dates and expectations.  We had our last Small Groups session before moving into our project commercial presentations.

As you reflect on the new vocabulary you learned today and your experiences throughout the last four days think about the questions below and post a comment.

*How will you share videoconferencing with others? What would you tell them about it?

*What have you noticed about interactions among workshop facilitators? Among participants in your room? In your small group?

*How did you grow or change any of your personal perceptions this week?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

Posted by: 123vc | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day 3: Uncovering the Mystery

mystery-machineWow!  Can you believe we are finishing up our third day and only have one more day left in our summer session?  On one hand it feels like we just started, while on the other we have already come so far.

Today has been another jam packed day where we have done several things while consistently switching gears.  We started out the day with our roll call of local trivia from each site and then jumped in headfirst to MysteryQuest Beaches.  Not only was it another interesting videoconferencing format to experience, but it was a real treat to watch Ken stress out and flounder during his one man show as MysteryQuest Facilitator and Participant.  Some people thought they started to see his skin turn a bit green.  After a quick debrief we carried the discussion into lunch and started talking about the upcoming Global Nomads Group or GNG session.  That guest speaker session may have started out a bit slow with some intro’s and overview, but definitely picked up a bit as we dug into our “conflict tree” thoughts.  A touch of CAPspace and Wikis in Plain English followed before going into our third Small Groups session.  Today was all about flushing out the details of the project and putting it into a lesson plan format while also starting to put together the details for the commercial presentation tomorrow afternoon.

As you reflect on the new vocabulary you learned today and your experiences think about the questions below and post a comment.

*What new ideas for using videoconferencing in the curriculum did you discover today?

*What have you noticed about the interactions among the different sites?

*What do you think will be the biggest challenge for implementing videoconferencing in your setting this year?

IT IS RECOMMENDED TO WRITE YOUR REFLECTION IN A WORD DOCUMENT & COPY/PASTE TO THE RESPONSE BOX.

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