So much learning is going on here. Everyone’s heads are overflowing. So much more to learn and do!
Hands Off Vanna! I love this title, because it so true too much of the time. The first session needs to be energizing… There is a lot of discussion about whether there is value in interactive whiteboard as the best way to spend tech money. This presenter’s argument is if you have it, you must use if well. She suggested numerous ways that teachers could change their instruction and develop activities that engage students. www.teachersfirst.com/ISTE/iwb A great suggestion to help make the whiteboard more accessible to students is to have it connected to a student computer rather than the teacher’s computer.
After this session I went to the SMART booth (which is huge btw) to learn more about the product the we have.
The late morning session – ripped from the headlines – is all about project based learning. (Sally Boss) How do you decide which heading is project worthy? Cross-curricular, being able to connect with the people involved, age appropriate content and topic, teaching character building like empathy, has a messy problem with no right answer, relevance, enduring topic, about meaningful learning. Using project-based learning, students engage in inquiry and go deeper into the content and the learning, they make meaning from their learning and the products and assessments are authentic.