Live Blogging Dr. Kari Stubbs from BrainPop #pilUS presentations

Today at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Teacher awards, we are having professional development and inspiration. These are my notes taken quickly and I'm sharing them with you – forgive my lack of links and perhaps some typos.

Dr. Kari Stubbs – BrainPop
Some teachers are trying to navigate change in a wilderness full of obstacles.

(NOTE: I really wish every speaker would put their Twitter handle on their opening slides.)

Describes BrainPop as a “loved and trusted collection of resources across the curriculum. BrainPop Jr. and BrainPOP esl, and Brain Pop Spanish are all there. 185K in BrainPop educators community now. BrainPOP GameUP now launched – charge to provide education games to teachers FOR FREE so check that out.

They have mobile apps from BrainPOP so ready to support Bring Your Own Device environments.
In next few months have opportunity for teachers to create their own BrainPop quizzes.

(In the “Oprah” moment – each teacher here got a subscription as part of being selected to be here! Cool, hope the judges got it too. ;-)

Game Up. Play. Seriously. – They are partnering with “best of game” creators to work with teachers to play their games. Best of breed games paired with brainpop content and lesson plans, etc.

They did a study with Joan Ganz Cooney Center – 500 teachers – their teacher attitudes around use of games. 18% using games daily. 70% of teachers thought it increased motivation and student engagement. 60% said they believed in power of games to personalize instruction.

They are showing a video of my friend Lisa Parisi – 4th grade teacher in New York using BrainPop.
(NOTE: LISA PARISI rocks- she has a new book about blogging with Brian Crosby. She's an amazing, no excuses educator!)

Lisa says that kids come with “lack of fear” with technology which is great. She says “games can show me a little window into their thinking.”

Now we're seeing some games that are free: Guts and Bolts – that is a new game. It is a twist on Frankenstein – to build “Tim” Moby has to understand all of the systems of the body. Looks like a good game for those studying the body.

– Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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