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.
Ever wonder how you could connect with NASA? NASA Social has meetups at different NASA facilities across the country. In order to attend one of these amazing events, all you have to do is apply on the NASA Social website. As a science teacher, I am always looking for ways to learn more about air and space. When I saw the information posted by the NASA History Office, I knew I had to apply!
Luckily, I was accepted and given the opportunity to attend the two-day NASA Social event on July 10th and 11th to celebrate NASA Langley Research Center’s 100th anniversary.
There are so many things that make me crazy for Chromebooks. I have always loved Chromebooks for their ease when accessing G Suite and living in a Google Ecosystem, but lately, they have become even more!