If I had to explain the TCEA 2018 conference with one word, it would be whirlwind. From the time I left my house to drive to TCEA to the time I returned home, every minute was spent learning with incredible educators. I’m fortunate to be part of an enormous PLN (personal learning network) that collaborates on Twitter and Voxer. While the learning is intense at conferences, it doesn’t end there as we continue our conversations before and after the events.
With the edtech boom in education, sometimes it is difficult as a teacher to decide which experiences are best for our particular students with our own limited knowledge and experiences. Recently, I attended a COMPILE workshop at the invitation of Ms. Christy Cate.
We can all agree that our collective goal in the work we do in education is to continue to keep students on track to success, with an end objective being graduation. That, right there, can be one of the largest challenges you face because the starting point can be unclear, risk identifiers can be much subtler than anticipated and the path to getting a student back on track isn’t always straightforward. The ambiguity of how to consolidate all pieces of information is overwhelming.
Over the last few years, I have worked with instructors to help them understand the differences between using technology and integrating technology. Technology should not merely recreate what can be done with paper and pencil. Rather, it should add value and create entirely new experiences.
Over the last few years, I have worked with instructors to help them understand the differences between using technology and integrating technology. Technology should not merely recreate what can be done with paper and pencil. Rather, it should add value and create entirely new experiences. Simply posting a PDF of your syllabus online doesn’t make use of technology in an additive way, but creating interactive documentation or a video takes the tasks beyond the printed word.
I have had a couple of students at my school who love, or I should rather say who are obsessed, with Minecraft. My own kids actually love the game as well. As an adult, educator and parent naturally dismissed the game. I didn’t get what the fascination was with pixel blocks in an 8 bit format. Keep in mind that I am a gamer myself. A year and a half later, I am hooked. Whether you are playing the pocket edition or using the Minecraft EDU platform, there is so much to explore and create.