KDA 2.1 6/1/2015

“He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.”

– Art of War / Sun Tzu

I’m excited to have you be part of KDA Cohort 2! Here’s what’s on the list for today:

  1. Introductions around the table
  2. Learning Model for KDA / habits
  3. Chromebooks (an intro to, if needed…)
  4. Schedule Review
  5. Assignment Expectations & Due Dates
  6. LMS – WordPress (this site)
  7. LMS – Google Classroom
  8. Google Email – Labels, Filters, and Priority Inbox
  9. Google Calendar
  10. Google Drive / Docs
  11. Google Classroom (more in depth)

See all assignments in Google Classroom.

About KDA @ Kenston

Course Details

  • Length: 10 weeks, meeting once per week for 2.5 hours, plus weekly work up to 1.5 hours per week. Final project may require more time outside of class.
  • Total Hours: 25 face-to-face in class, ~5 outside of class + 6 hours tech conference
  • Number of Participants: Cohort limited to 10 participants. Multiple Cohorts will be scheduled throughout, and going forward. Cohorts are open to staff at Kenston. First come, first served in terms of signup. Those taking the course for Graduate Credit will take priority.
  • DatesSee the dates here for spring, and summer sessions below.
  • Time: Afternoon sessions, starting at 3 PM*. (3PM – 5:30PM)
  • Location: Kenston BOE Technology Training Center
  • Equipment: If you’re a Kenston teacher, you’ll get a Chromebook for your use with KDA and in your classroom that you can keep.

*Additional cohorts with later start times (at 4PM) will be offered in the future. This is a pilot project, and as such, this initial time slot was chosen.

Summer Sessions

Summer sessions run full-day schedules over 4 days, 8 AM – 3:30 PM. Essentially the same course, but more compact during the day, and more demanding in terms of assignments, etc. But that’s what summer sessions are all about!

Graduate credit through Lake Erie College will be available, and if you’re a Kenston teacher, you’ll get your own Chromebook.

All requirements are still the same. All cohorts are limited to 10 people, with those taking it for grad credit getting priority.

KDA 1.10 – Final Projects & Celebrations

Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions.

He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain.

The five elements (water, fire, wood, metal, earth) are not always equally predominant; the four seasons make way for each other in turn. There are short days and long; the moon has its periods of waning and waxing.

– Sun Tzu / Art of War / on Weak Points and Strong


You’ve done it! 10 weeks of all sorts of new information, and you’ve all outdone yourselves. Well done.

Tonight’s agenda includes celebration, final project presentations, and cake! Enjoy!

The Presentation Lineup

  1. Andreas Johansson – Introductions & Welcome (see slides below)
  2. Larry Klimkowski – on tacck projects, and using Chromebook.
  3. Kristin Horn – also on tackk, and learning on the go.
  4. Wendy Wilk – how her website has evolved over time, to become “the best website on the World Wide Web.”
  5. Christina Byrne – her website, communication to parents and kids, and how she manages content with the custom menu.
  6. Jeff Kepreos – using Google Classroom to deliver and collect projects using Lucidchart and Google Slides.
  7. Paula Holt – flipping her classroom using videos to pre-load content, and assessments using Exit Ticket.
  8. Jennifer Subbotin – using Lucidchart to work a family tree project, Google Docs, Stupeflix – all of which produces a learning portfolio for the students.
  9. Jodie Todia – using her website and Google Apps to deliver content, manage work and support of Career Unit for her 8th grade students.
  10. Kim Scola – website makeover, using categories and custom menus to manage and deliver instructional resources. Classroom and Google Calendar adds to ease of use for all.
  11. Stephanie Raub – using Google Forms and WordPress to collect information and build and deliver resources to her staff at Newbury.
  12. Pam Garrett – highlighting use of Google Forms in the CEC survey at KHS, and showing initial, but surprising, results.


KDA 1.9 Video and Other Media

There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.

There are not more than five primary colors (blue, yellow, red, white, and black), yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen.

In battle, there are not more than two methods of attack–the direct and the indirect; yet these two in combination give rise to an endless series of maneuvers.

– Sun Tzu / Art of War / on Energy

Today’s Agenda

  1. Review from last time – Diagramming, etc.
  2. Watch a science video… (see below)
  3. Video and other creative resources
  4. Final Project work / troubleshooting

Video Resources / Sites

Video Creation Tools

  1. https://www.wevideo.com/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/
  3. https://www.zaption.com/


  1. Find a few videos you really like, and share them with your students (remember how to embed in WordPress? Or in your Google Classroom)
  2. Create a video – using either WeVideo or YouTube. Share it with us.

Feel free to spend the rest of the time working on the final project for next week.

And, only if you’re brave, check out Crazy Russian Hacker (where safety is number 1 priority!)

KDA 1.8 Lucidchart / Diagramming

Heaven signifies night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons.

Earth comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes; the chances of life and death.

– Sun Tzu / Art of War / Laying Plans

Today’s Agenda

  1. Review the Final Project Guidelines
  2. Lucidchart / Diagramming – Demo
  3. Diagramming Work Session / Challenge (see below)



Pick from one or more of these challenges – work on them today, and submit using Google Classroom. Use Lucidchart for the challenges.

  1. Create an organizational chart for a topic you’re working on with the kids. Maybe map characters from a book, and how they relate to each other.
  2. Create a mind map to explore new topics, new units of study, or mind map your final project.
  3. Play with the iPhone mockup tools (or Android), and create a few screens for an app you’re thinking about.
  4. Build your current classroom using the floor plan tools. Then, make it better in design mode, and see what you can do. (2 pages – one current, one new) Most classrooms are about 30 ft x 30 ft.
  5. Build a flowchart that maps a current process in your classroom or learning environment. Think about a new student – what would you like them to know how to do, step-by-step.

Download finished products as PDF documents, and attach to the assignment in Google Classroom.

KDA 1 Final Project Considerations

The onrush of a conquering force is like the bursting of pent-up waters into a chasm a thousand fathoms* deep.

Sun Tzu / Art of War / Tactical Dispositions

General Description

The final project encompasses something you have learned in this course, and takes it to the adaptation and application stages. In short, you will need to ‘do’ something with what we’ve learned.

You can select any topic, or tool – adapt it for your own use, then implement it within your environment effectively, and tell us all about it.

For example, you could develop, design, and administer a project using tackk as the tool for your students to create their product / project. Or, if you have radically changed the way you use your website with instruction, you could showcase the new workflow, benefits, etc. Another example might be how you have begin connecting with others over social media using Twitter, etc.

Maybe you’ve rolled out Google Classroom this semester? What’s that like, and how will you use it next fall?

But. It cannot be “I’ve posted a few things while in class, and that’s my project.

Method & Process

Develop a professional portfolio or project (depending on topic) that you will be able to share with us, and others. That means it needs / should preferably not be printing required, rather a nice and tidy URL to the project someplace (maybe your website?)

Develop and share with us the whole workflow. If you did a project using tackk, for example, what was your design thinking like? What were the objectives of the project / lesson / unit? Show us the actual stuff you asked students to do. How did you assess it? Take us through the whole thing…

If you’re showcasing a new workflow (using your website, for example), then what does that look like? What’s new? What did you get rid of? Why? What’s working well, and what will you probably change in the future? What systematic changes did you make? What did you commit to?


This is a professional final project for a graduate level class. Even if you’re not taking it for credit. As such, we (me, and your colleagues) expect your best work. Please put in some time and effort. Some blood, sweat, and tears perhaps? And polish it. I will share your projects with others – other teachers at Kenston, the Superintendent’s office, and so forth. Plan accordingly.


Think product. What will you share with us, and what will that look like? Start there, and then build / design backwards.

Google Presentation / Slides makes for an excellent tool to deliver a presentation. If you’re using it, share your slides with me.

LEC Grad Credit Additional

If you are taking KDA for graduate credits through Lake Erie College, you will need to produce an additional 2-3 page reflection paper on your journey in the class. Please submit that to me no later than Friday April 24th, 2015 @ 11 AM.

*a fathom is 6 feet.


I asked Oskar the other day what hashtags are, and he kindly shared. Oskar is 4. We ask him all the time about the coming alien invasion. He says “not to worry, because he likes us…”

What do your kids share with you? Leave a comment below.

KDA 1.6 18 MAR 2015

Thus, what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.

Having local spies means employing the services of the inhabitants of a district.

– Sun Tzu / The Use of Spies / Art of War

Today’s Topics

  • Google Calendar – Introduction & Basics
  • Social Media & PLN – What is it, and why should you use it (local spies)?
  • Twitter vs. Facebook vs. Tik Yak vs. Tumblr vs. Imgur vs. Google+ vs. whatever…
  • Twitter How to…
    • Tweeting, Re-Tweeting, and #Hashtagging
    • Etiquette, and things to think about
    • Tweetchats – what are they? When are they? How to engage?
  • Other PLN tools worthwhile…


Social Media

Google Calendar


Johansson, E. A. (2013, September 9). 5 best practices for mastering Google Calendar. Retrieved from http://blog.synergyse.com/2013/09/5-best-practices-for-mastering-google.html

Johansson, E. A. (2013, September 23). Best practices for managing meetings with Google Calendar. Retrieved from http://blog.synergyse.com/2013/09/best-practices-for-managing-meetings.html


Cohort 1 Spring 2015 Topics

See online calendar here…

  1. WED 1/28/15 – Introduction to Course, Topics, LMS, Class Tools, etc.
  2. WED 2/4/15 – Google Drive
  3. WED 2/18/15 – Google Drive Continued
  4. WED 2/25/15 – WordPress
  5. WED 3/11/15 – WordPress Continued
  6. WED 3/18/15 – Google Calendar & Social Media / PLN
  7. WED 3/25/15 – Cloud Publishing / Page Layout (LucidPress) + Guest Speaker from Tackk (Andria T.)
  9. WED 4/8/15 – Diagramming (LudicChart)
  10. WED 4/15/15 – Video / Media Creations
  11. WED 4/22/15 – Final Project Presentations