My ISTE 2015 experience left me with many questions and tons of energy to pursue them. The big question I have is how will my teaching be transformed by what I have learned?
At an event like ISTE the sessions I attended were only part of the experience. It is also the conversations with passionate fellow educators that often only happen virtually on Twitter that were transformative.
Here are some of the sessions that i attended:
- Inspiring Students with Inquiry Learning
- A Conversation With The White House and U.S Department of Education
- Is It Time To Give Up On Computers in Schools (more on this later)
- Hands on Project Remodel. Rethink PBL to Take Learning Deeper
- School 2.0 – Where are we headed?
I intentionally attended sessions focused on learning and skipped most of the tools focused ones. Not that I feel that there is anything wrong with tools-based sessions as we are all at a different place on the learning path. An event as large as the annual ISTE Conference is big enough to provide learning opportunities for all on a variety of topics.
The session “Is it Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?” really had an impact on my thinking. The session shed the light of day on the fact that tech in schools has been co-opted for testing and to control and manage student access to the web and tech tools. I was once again reminded that tech should serve learning, in the true authentic sense.
In terms of the Expo Hall, I took Will Richardson’s advice and looked for vendors who were selling productsor services that would serve my students’ learning. I did not find many that offered this. So my time in the Expo Hall was brief.
So, as I think about next school year, I am wondering how I can truly focus on learning for me and for my students. I am going to view my room, not as a classroonm, but as a learning space, I am not sure where it all is heading, but it is going to be an exciting year for sure.
Hoping to get to Denver.