I started off the morning by attending a session on blended learning. While the information from the panel was useful, I found myself leaving with more questions than answers. I have flipped my classroom myself, with some very positive results for my students. However, the more I learn about a flipped classroom model and blended learning in general, the more I find myself feeling like this is not the last stop on the innovative education train. Providing great content videos on a playlist for students is a great start, but I think teachers are capable of so much more. You can find my session notes from this session and others here.
One of the major themes I have heard coming from both #DEPLA2016 and #ISTE2016 is the re-focus on student-teacher relationships. While many would have considered me a technology pioneer in my classroom, I believe my super-hero strength was a result of the relationships I formed with students. Perhaps a great next question for innovative educators everywhere is "How can I use this tool to form more productive relationships with my students?" It is no secret that the best part of teaching is the relationships and experiences you have with students. How do we elevate the most joyful part of the profession in a productive way that enhances student learning? I believe answering this question will be what saves the profession.
To start off the second half of my day, I walked around the EXPO hall and checked out the vendors for ISTE. It's amazing to see how many companies bring out their best for a large event like this. The vendor I was most excited about was Kyte, a company that strives to provide online professional development materials for educators focused on technology.
Timeline - https://timeline.knightlab.com/
Beth Moss Google Slam - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HMLg5WFWg4GXLvXekptO-UJzuJgX1cV9qyHr0y-26rQ/edit?usp=drive_web
Straight Outta YouTube
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1oNst6onZ5wvvAXBN5XgMxkZ8DRiqsuQDIzqKskMALec/edit#slide=id.pRepost for Instagram - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/repost-for-instagram/id570315854?mt=8
Trello - https://trello.com/
What did you learn at ISTE today? Please feel free to share in the comments below!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.