This week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend #DEPLA2016. I have always found this even to be incredibly inspiring. I always meet new educators that inspire me and teach me new things about being an educator and about being human. I had many great conversations about new technology, being a teacher, what it's like to transition out of the classroom, and how to use Chrome to make life easier. You can find my resources for my session, Chrome: One Browser to Rule Them All, at sites.google.com/a/dpsk12.net/chrome/.
The biggest highlight, was the Student Panel Keynote. It is always incredibly inspiring to hear student voices and listen to them for words of wisdom and grace. Two of the students on the panel were my students from Abraham Lincoln High School - both first-generation high school graduates with college plans. It was incredible to hear them speak their truth to a room filled with educators. This was an incredibly powerful experience for everyone in the room. While I could try to describe the amazingly insightful statements from the students, it is something you should just see for yourself. Video of the Keynote can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5aX5FXxKnAwww.youtube.com/watch?v=-5aX5FXxKnA.
Below are some of my Twitter highlights from the event, mostly focused on the student Keynote.
Overall, the event focused on looking at students as people, to personalize learning. Teachers have long understood the importance to strong relationships with students, and this event elevated this core value. Amazing learning does not happen without the time and attention focused on relationships. It is important to stay true to this value as educators and this event provided a variety of opportunities to dive deeper. DEPLA is an incredible event that all educators should attend. I'm already excited for #DEPLA2017.
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.