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@ktenkely (left) @amandacdykes (right) This week I am at the #ISTE10 conference in Denver!  The conference goes from June 27 to June 30.  ISTE stands for the International Society of Technology in Education, the goal of the conference is to share proven ways that technology can improve and enhance education and learning.  People from all over the world have come to Denver to learn together.  It is truly an amazing sight to have so many passionate educators in one place! Today I got the chance to meet my PLN in person, what a wonderfully bizarre experience.  We interact on Twitter all day every day and it feels like we are already old friends.  But we had no idea what the other really looked like, what facial expressions they make, what their voice sounded like.  To start putting all of that together was pretty cool.  I got the chance to spend the day with @kylepace, @amandacdykes, @thenerdyteacher, @MrsBMG, @buzzgarwood, and briefly met many other of my awesome PLN.  All I can say is that I wish you all lived closer by so we could hang more often.  We had a blast! This week things are going to be a little different on iLearn Technology.  My posts will be focused on what I am learning at #ISTE10 that I want to share with all of you.  For those of you new to iLearn Technology, my posts are generally dedicated to quick easy ways to integrate technology into the classroom.  Those posts will resume on Thursday.  Until then, join me on my ISTE journey here and on Twitter. You can follow me @ktenkely or follow the #ISTE10 hash tag.

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Kinesthetic Digital Story Telling @aerialanimation is amazing!

Posted by admin | Posted in Grade Level, Inquiry, inspiration, video | Posted on 26-08-2014

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I haven’t been a regular watcher of America’s Got Talent, but one of our families recently forwarded on this video of their friend Abigail Baird who is on the current season. Abigail is incredible. Her talent is Aerial Animation, digital story telling mixed with aerial dancing and acrobatics. You have got to see it!

As I said, she is incredible! This clip reminds me of a chapter in Sir Ken Robinson’s The Element. In it, he talks about the way that body movement and manipulation (the kinesthetic and rhythmic/musical multiple intelligences) are often overlooked in schools. What a shame! I love the creativity that Abigail uses to marry her talent and multiple intelligence gifting with story telling. This goes beyond just entertainment, it is a new method of communicating story. This is a fantastic video to share with your students. It is inspirational to see someone use their talent so creatively. We often think of storytelling very linearly and through paper/pencil and occasionally digital media, this is a great example of how to think outside of the box, create something new and think about all of the ways we can communicate.

If you are in an inquiry based school using the PYP, this would be the perfect video to share during the inquiry unit on How We Express Ourselves!

America’s Got Talent is on TONIGHT, you can vote for Abigail! I hope that you will vote for this incredible talent and creativity! Find Abigail on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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