ISTE2014logoArrived in Atlanta for ISTE 2014 Saturday afternoon… a bit late to catch the first keynote by actress and activist, Ashley Judd, so I promptly hit the bloggers cafe, a hot spot for networking. In less than a nano second, I bumped into but Todd Nesloney, aka Tech Ninja Todd. The reunion had begun. Drew Minock and Brad Waid, of Two guys and some iPads, were just heading out to the ClassDojo welcoming celebration down the street. So, of course, I followed suit and joined that group where the networking began…

After some great complimentary food and beverages, we worked on catching up with what everyone had been doing for the last year. Todd has taken on a principal’s job. Drew and Brad are on hiatus from teaching and have landed their dream job with Daqri, the augmented reality company based in LA. Wow, exciting transitions for all!

Meanwhile back at the ranch, the Omni Hotel, I joined a group that included past ISTE president, Trina Davis  – quite a breath of fresh air! Off to bed to get ready for a REALLY big day. Overslept and missed a few presentations that were scheduled for early a.m., so Jackie Bryla and I took off to the bloggers Cafe to meet Anna Johnson from Locomotive Labs to see her latest app release.

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Then onward to a BrainPOP focus group to hear all about the latest and greatest things they are constantly updating on their invaluable site. Met Allisyn Levy, for the first time in real life, and took advantage of writing this blog to get all this news out to you. BrainPOP’s newest addition to their gaming arena is called SnapThought.

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Kids can begin by any number of different approaches:

~ See Teacher lesson plans for ideas
~ Prompts are available
~ Prediction option

Participants from the think tank said:
“Great for formative assessment!”
“So easy for students to maneuver”
“Promotes critical thinking”
“Prepares students to easing accountability  and communication their with teachers”

20% of the games have this new SnapThought feature with more games being added on a regular basis.

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