Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend the pre-registration conference workshop organised by ASCD and I chose the session by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. The topic was on Curriculum 21: Upgrading Curriculum and Assessment.

As I entered the room, what greeted me was a scene likened to that of a Starbucks cafe in that the attendees were all equipped with their laptops and ipads. Paper is dated, as the speaker went. The session had the attendees try out the different tools mentioned by Heidi and I felt soooo lost without my laptop.

A powerful speaker she definitely is and all of us were all ears through the one-day workshop. No dozing off, no conversation too (she would point you out in front of all others!). She was on task and her high expectations for the workshop had benefitted us.

These are the tools mentioned. The work now is to explore which are the ones we could use to help us and value-add to our teaching.

– Pininterest
– Backchannel
– wordle.net
– vocab grabber
– gapminder.org
– tag galaxy from C21’s Clearinghouse
– Ngram viewer
– museum box
– zooburst
– Livebinder.com
– timetoast.com
–  quizlet
– http://www.printwhatyoulike.com/ (recommended by PSS’ TA)
Many of the tools can be found on C21 website.

I wish I had a recorder that day. Just to record everything she had said.

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