Technology in Education Conference

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My colleagues and I attended recently attended an excellent conference about technology in education.  The best part was the keynote speaker, Alan November.  November is the author of several books, including Who Owns the Learning:

If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it.  Moreover, if you have a chance to hear November speak live, you MUST go!  Alan November is intelligent and insightful.  He’s also hysterical.  Seriously, my stomach hurt because I laughed so much (he must have missed his calling as a stand-up comedian).

ImageIn the meantime, you can follow Alan November on Twitter at @globalearner and/or @NLearning.

I took copious notes during November’s presentation, but my biggest take-away from the day:

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS start with the curriculum!  What do the students need to learn? Technology should provide clarity to the assignment design.  Also, technology should help us teachers provide effective and timely feedback as we assess our students.

There is a lot of glitz and hype when it comes to educational technology.  It is important for teachers to be informed consumers – and clearinghouses for our students.

How do you use technology in your classroom?  I would love to hear about some of your successes.

Best,   Michelle

Technology in the Classroom

I had a very interesting day at work.  Instead of being in my classroom, I joined my district Technology Committee (including my Superintendent) on a tour of a school that has fully integrated technology in all grades K-6.

The most amazing thing I saw today:  kindergarteners who had learned computer coding.  Our tour guide was a spunky, articulate 6th grader who was also impressed with the coding these little kids were doing.  He quickly explained that he has learned coding, but the school didn’t have all of this technology when he was in kindergarten!  🙂

It has really made me think about my beliefs about education in general and, specifically, how technology plays a role in those beliefs.  What I will do later this year when the iPads and MacBooks finally come into my classroom???  I what to make sure that I am integrating technology into my lessons effectively.

I certainly don’t have all of the answers yet… but I am very excited about all of the wonderful possibilities!