Sponsor Spotlight: Biteslide

Biteslide is the engaging platform for creating school projects online. Biteslide slidebooks are a creative and fun way to express yourself using text, images, videos and much more. They’re really easy to use and a lot of fun too.

biteslide-logo-234by80pxBiteslide is designed especially for teachers, students, and the teaching environment. It was created with the goals of engaging students, empowering student creativity, and saving time for teachers.

Biteslide promotes creativity and engages students of all ages across the curriculum. Biteslide can be used to create all kinds of projects, including presentations, slide shows, photo albums, collages, portfolios, yearbooks, posters, diaries, and journals.

Biteslide reimagines the school project by helping to develop students’ 21st century skills in a creative, engaging, and efficient way.

The easiest way to get the idea is to use our no-registration trial. You’ll get the idea in less than a couple of minutes. For more information, visit the Biteslide web site.

Biteslide supported EdCamp Cleveland by providing ten free subscriptions to be given away at the event. Additionally, they are providing a 10% discount for all EdCamp Cleveland attendees. We are grateful for their support.

Sponsor Spotlight: eBackpack

Pass out assignments. Collect student work. Grade and review homework. Save time by making changes once and eliminate duplicated efforts! eBackpack provides secure homework drop boxes and allows you to distribute handouts and assess student work easily. Take control over your classroom. It has never been easier to interact with students, parents, and colleagues. Your materials and your students work are at your fingertips! View files online! Access on your iPad! eBackpack lets you focus on teaching, not paperwork!

eBackpack provides safe and secure digital cloud storage for student and staff work and assignments that is e-rate eligible. You can easily share files between project participants, committee members and even with outside parties in your web locker. eBackpack enables you to offer e-portfolios to show students’ growth and learning. Engage staff, students, and parents, all for a lower total cost than an on-site solution. It works in all browsers, the iPad, and can be used as a network drive on both PC and Mac computers.

Visit the eBackpack web site to learn more about what this service has to offer.

eBackpack supported EdCamp Cleveland by providing a 12-month teacher subscription to be given away at the event. We are grateful for their support.

Participant Perspective: Jeremy Brueck

brueckJeremy Brueck
Director, Digital Text Initiative
The University of Akron | Center for Literacy

Twitter: @brueckj23
Web site: http://brueckei.org

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

When passion and interest drive an individual’s pursuit of understanding, learning can become a reconstruction rather than a transmission of knowledge. The EdCamp model provides opportunities for participant-driven conversations to organically grow from shared interests and passions. In our current educational culture, times for this type of invaluable professional learning experience are limited. I’m excited to get the opportunity to connect with so many others at EdCampCLE in a learning environment that emphasizes the role of the SOCIAL and CULTURAL context of learning.

What have you been learning lately?

It’s time to organize with the intent to revolutionize. We can’t just keep talking and complaining. Our kids deserve more from us and we must advocate for a educational system that supports their future, not our past.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

I’d love to hear more critical conversations around moving from an educational system where we are compliant with a testing culture that finds value in measuring only static knowledge to a culture that embraces both quantitative and qualitative ways of knowing and seeks to build essential understandings in students.

If you could change the world…

I’d bring the discretion and decision-making powers back to local communities. Education shouldn’t be legislated on a state or national level by people with no connection to our local schools. It should be done by individual communities, parents, teachers and students who are innately involved with our kids learning.

The ideal classroom is…

What if we redefined “class” to a more informal co-op or collaborative gathering of learners? Why are we continuing to organize by age? What if we eliminated semesters and jumped in to continuous knowledge pools where teachers and learners moved in and out as needed?

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Whenever I need inspiration I read Tupac lyrics.

One more thing…

Shout out to @schinker for organizing EdCampCLE.

Jeremy Brueck’s company, Brueck Educational Innovations, supported EdCamp Cleveland through a $250 donation to help offset the cost of the event. We are grateful for his support.

Participant Perspectives highlight some of the people who are planning to attend EdCamp Cleveland. If you would like to be profiled too, please fill out this form and we’ll take it from there.

Sponsor Spotlight: TechSmith

TechSmith is a software company based in Okemos, Michigan that produces screen capture and recording software for individual, professional, and educational use. Their software makes it easy to create compelling, polished content you can share with anyone.

Camtasia Studio allows you to create, edit, and produce stunning videos at any screen
size. Use it to make tutorials, as well as a variety of training and marketing videos. Camtasia Studio lets you edit and polish video of your computer screen and instantly share it to YouTube, portable devices, and more.

If you don’t need all of the features of Camtasia Studio, try Jing for basic screen recording. Jing gives you the basic tools to start sharing images and short videos of your computer
screen. Whether for teacher us to develop and deliver instruction, or student use as an authentic assessment tool, Jing can add basic visual elements to all of your online conversations. And best of all, it’s FREE!

Snagit provides you with a wide variety of tools needed for quick and easy visual communication. Whether you need to make an engaging screen image or a quick how-to video, Snagit allows you to communicate efficiently.

Developed and updated every day, TechSmith software keeps improving as they continue to take our solutions wherever their customers are, try innovative ideas, and expand their reach with mobile apps. TechSmith is the past, present, and future of image capture and screen recording technology.

TechSmith supported EdCamp Cleveland by donating two copies each of their Camtasia Studio and Snagit products, as well as twenty T-shirts and some pens and highlighters to be given away at the event. We are grateful for their support.

Sponsor Spotlight: Glogster EDU

glogsterGlogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. The tool empowers educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS – online multimedia posters – with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.

A Glog is created using a very easy to understand, drag and drop interface that is relevant, enjoyable, and scalable for students of all ages and learning styles. A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a “poster or web page” containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data.

Premium education accounts allow for management of student and teacher accounts, include extra graphics galleries, and provide tech support and customer care. Additionally, students can share their Glogs with one another, and use them to create portfolios. All of this is provided with no advertising in the education premium accounts.

Beyond Glogster, Glogs can be easily embedded into other projects, including blogs, wikis, and social media posts. For examples of the types of projects students and teachers are doing, check out the gallery. Then, sign up for a free trial to see if this tool is right for you.

Glogster EDU supported EdCamp Cleveland by providing two premium licenses to be given away at the event. We are grateful for their support.

Participant Perspective: Scott Kinkoph

kinkophScott Kinkoph
Instructional Technology/Edcoach
Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Schools

Twitter: @scottkinkoph
Blog: scottkinkoph.com
Pathbrite: http://bit.ly/10qoyzM
LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/10qnE6s
Vizify: http://bit.ly/11jC1zW

Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?

Last year’s EdCamp was awesome to attend because I was part of driving the conversation along with everyone else who attended.  Educators, community members, and administration have a chance to sit in the same room and talk about what ideas that matter.

What have you been learning lately?

Lately I have been learning about driving pedagogical changes integrated with technology.  Technology is useless unless the teacher uses strong pedagogical approaches to learning.

If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?

Education is known for its stagnancy.  Can educators be helped to be more open to innovative practices despite new teacher performance standards?

If you could change the world…

Redesign learning spaces in every school with soft and hard spaces, textbooks are replaced with Open Education Resources, learning is student driven, and teaching integrates leadership, pedagogy, and technology simultaneously and seamlessly.

The ideal classroom is…

Grade levels are done away with.  Students enter school and then move along at their own learning pace where learning is motivated by the student’s interest and passion vs. a standard curriculum.  Learning is differentiated, fluid and integrated vs. the piece meal approach being used now that does nothing to connect learning experiences nor integrates other content areas.  Students draw upon a large knowledge repository to inform learning in all other areas which means a lot of reading and learning experiences in many different ways.  Learning spaces are blended where students learn anytime, anywhere, for any reason with support from content experts, teachers, and community members.  Students are empowered to think and do vs. being told what to do and how to learn.  Grades are reflection of described learning behaviors and not a letter system that stimulates competition and stress to always get the “A”.  Finally, higher education stops charging exorbitant prices for an education that isn’t creating creative and critical thinkers and innovators we need to build a strong country.

What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

Creative Intelligence by Bruce Nussbaum. There may be times in your life when you experience something so profound as to change your thinking and habits.  Reading this book was that for me.  My teaching practice has changed because of the innovative and challenging ideas in this book.

One more thing…

Learners, at all levels, are rapidly changing and education must also rapidly change with them.

Participant Perspectives highlight some of the people who are planning to attend EdCamp Cleveland. If you would like to be profiled too, please fill out this form and we’ll take it from there.

Sponsor Spotlight: CDW-G

From classrooms to warehouses, boardrooms to battlefields, CDW’s architects and advanced technology engineers have been designing, implementing and managing technology, communication and security solutions for growing businesses, leading universities, healthcare providers and all branches of the U.S. government for nearly 30 years.

cdwg[1]Whether you need software, network communications, notebooks/mobile devices, data storage, video monitors, desktops and printers—or you require more advanced virtualization, collaboration, security, mobility, data center optimization and cloud computing solutions—CDW gets it. Their team of technology experts and dedicated account managers can tailor a piece of equipment, individual software or an entire network that delivers the most effective and sustainable results.

Because they are vendor agnostic, CDW can be a fantastic partner for schools unsure of which solution to use to solve a particular technology needs. They do a fantastic job of bringing together solution providers to meet individual school needs. Their online resources make it trivial for schools to compare products, get detailed product information,  and get contract pricing without needing to contact a sales rep. But when you do need the help of an account specialist, they’re always there to help with efficient, courteous service.

CDW-G is a supporting sponsor of EdCamp Cleveland 2013. They donated two Chromebooks to be given away at the event, and we are extremely grateful for their support.