Conference-ganza 2017

This week has been crazy for me.  I started off in Apple Valley, then went to Pasadena for the CETPA conference, then from there directly to Nashville for ACTFL.  I’m tired of walking around with a backpack.  I’m also sick of looking at my computer.


CETPA is the California Education Technologist Professional Association.  This is the third year I’ve gone and it is one of my favorite conferences.  First, the entire tech department is there.  The data guy. The blinky lights and switches guy.  The guy who makes the decisions about the data and blinky lights and switches.  And  then me and Jed, the teachers.  (When I say guy, I literally mean guy.  There’s never a line in the women’s bathroom at CETPA.)  It’s nice because I get to interact with all of the cogs of technology that have an impact on instruction.  In one of the sessions, I learned about new updates to the SIS (student information system- where you keep your grades) that will have huge impact for our CTE Pathways and how they pull data for interventions.  I also went to a session given by lawyers about the rules and regulations regarding drone use on campus which impacts instruction for the teachers who want to use drones.  I learned more about 508 ADA website compliance for schools’ website.  I even coded with Swift Playground app on the iPad.  Or, I learned how to show the elementary after school teachers in my district how to use Swift Playground with their students because I HEART STEM for KEN DAVIS. (He’s our ASES Coordinator- and only for him would I go to an elementary coding session.)

CETPA isn’t a conference where my creative side gets fed, but it’s information that helps me better serve teachers as my school and therefore very valuable.


I left the lawyers and regulations and coding and flew to Nashville.

On the plane I read George Couros’ The Innovator’s Mindset.  I only had this in my bag to read because the guy who leads the Technology Leader’s Network in the Inland Empire wanted to do a book study and he was so enthusiastic about it, I decided that no matter what I’d get that book read just for him.  I read it on the plane.  The whole thing.  Because it was that good.  George Couros said to ask yourself if you’d want to be a student in your classroom.  Well, I took one look at my lesson for next week and decided I didn’t even want to be the teacher in that classroom.

More on that later….


ACTFL, oh, my goodness, ACTFL.

Everyone is so creative!  I went to some great sessions on culture, reading, and engagement.  I’ll have more information about those in a later post.

I presented on Saturday and I was nervous- even though I had presented on Ditching the Powerpoint at the CLTA conference.  I didn’t know if people would come or if they would be interested.  But they came, and kept coming and filled up the room and then sat on the floor in every available space!! And stayed!  Everyone had such positive comments.  I had a handout- which I’m putting here, but it was just to get people to the website I made with resources.  If you came to my session thank you!  And if you didn’t here’s the link to my website with resources.  

And now I am ready to ditch my backpack for a week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Actfl Handout

Bingo with Classroom Objects

Who doesn’t love a good game of Bingo?

I created an interactive slide deck for Bingo with the classroom objects.

NB: In the textbook a bicycle and car are listed in the classroom objects section.  Who am I to judge?  There’s also an mp3 player and a CD player.  I just make fun of those.  I also purposely chose the old cell phone image because that’s what’s in the book and we laugh about that.

NBB: On Wednesday, my college class created this list of supplies needed for French class and then math class.  Look at the first thing they said for math class.

Xanax!  I almost fell over laughing.  They said math class is really stressful, so it’s helpful.

I digress.

My bingo game is meant for student to drag nine objects of their choice onto the grid and then I will describe the object.  So for pencil I might say, “You guys think it is necessary for math class, but it’s not Xanax and it’s not a calculator.”  Then they’ll place a yellow dot on the object if they have it.  If they get Bingo they’ll tell me what they had.   Then they can choose nine new objects and play all over again.  If we have time they’ll play in groups and take turns being the one to call out the objects by describing them.  There won’t be time for this.  This is the type of thing there is never time for in college class.  (The memory game is in French, but if you watch the workflow below you’ll see how to change it to your language!)

In the slide deck is also two version of Memory.  Let’s not kid ourselves that memory produces extraordinary language or is anything other than well, a memory game, but it’s fun sometimes.  It could be a finish early activity.  Students move the box on top of the grid to find the matches.

Click on the image to make a copy of the Bingo.

I’m always asked how to edit the master slide and make these types of activities so I made a workflow in case it’s helpful for you.