Those were the Good Ol' Days...right?
Last week I connected with several PLN members at MACUL in Detroit, Michigan. This is always one of my favorite conferences. One quote during a bit of downtime stood out:
"This is the worst technology will be in our students lifetime."
Think about that. It's 2015 and I choose to believe technology and innovation will only improve. I truly don't see us going backwards.
I predict -
- In the future wifi will be everywhere.
- Someday we won't have to pay for data.
- We will look back and be astonished that some schools blocked YouTube.
- Digital Citizenship will be a phrase rarely mentioned...we will simply say, Citizenship.
- Technology will be used as more than a tool. Technology will transform learning.
- It will be educational malpractice for teachers to not be willing to learn and try new things.
- Many educators will blog and model writing to their students and community.
I think back to my days in the 5th grade classroom. For years all we had were two desktop computers. One was for the teacher and one was for all the students to share. Funny thing was, the kids loved getting even as few as 10 minutes on the computer. Then we got a Smart Board...the youthful exuberance was visible on their faces. Simply put, technology has the potential to excite, engage and transform learning. But looking back to 2001...I'm confident that was the worst technology was in their lifetime. It has only moved forward. Not convinced that technology can change the World? Just check this out and tell me technology can't change lives.
This post was inspired by my trip to MACUL. If you have never had the opportunity to attend MACUL I encourage you to put it on your list.
These are my three takeaways:
First, I always enjoy becoming an active learner! This year was no different. I went to a session on Augmented Reality with @WeverWorld after her session I spoke with @GustafsonBrad about the next steps. I can't wait to create business cards and opening up the new possibilities of learning.
Second, I networked with many educational people. It's very powerful to connect and learn on Twitter...but then you go to a major conference and you have the opportunity to connect face to face. These connections truly expand a person's network.
Finally, the positive energy was contagious! Nationwide the chatter has been focused on Standardized Testing, funding and endless debates about CCSS. From the opening keynote delivered by @gcouros I felt empowered and fired up to - Be The Change!
I'm excited about the future and I'm excited to see what our kids will do with the World at their fingertips.
NEXT WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, March 23rd: Poster Contest Due Date
Monday, March 23rd: Technology Meeting 3pm-4pm
Monday, March 23rd: String Team 3:45pm
Monday, March 23rd: Girl/Boy Quest 4pm
Tuesday, March 24th: Admin Meeting 9am
Tuesday, March 24th: Spring Musical 7pm
Wednesday, March 25th: K-2 Assembly 8:45am
Wednesday, March 25th: String Team 3:45pm
Wednesday, March 25th: 4pm MiCI room meeting at Bean
Thursday, March 26th: Family Reading Night at Warner
Thursday, March 26th: 9:40am Football players reading with KDG classrooms
Thursday, March 26th: 1:15pm Crisis Management meeting
Thursday, March 26th: Girl/Boy Quest 4pm
Friday, March 27th: Admin Meeting 9:30am
Friday, March 27th: Reading Month Assembly in the PM
Articles Worth Reading:
Work is love made visible @Jennifer_Hogan
Everybody has a Story @danpbutler
Drawing the line between success and mastery @kristenswanson
Remind introduces chat feature @AngelaMaiers
Collaborating with Colleagues who don't support your creativity @AngelaWatson
Innovation has no age barrier @gcouros
Teaching vs Rocket Science @Jeff_Zoul
8 Things Emotionally Stable People Don't Do @marcandangel
Videos Worth Watching:
Tell me 3D printers are just toys... (3 min)
No Fear in Love (5 min)
WOW! One person can make a difference! (5 min) @TheEllenShow
Ariana Grande with @jimmyfallon (2 min)