I was fortunate enough to take part in this event, held in Marysville, MI, after speaking with Kit Hard, an instructional technology consultant for the St. Clair RESA, at this year's MACUL conference. Excited to be a presenter among keynoters like Dr. Stephen Heppell, Rushton Hurley & Steve Dembo, I poured a lot of energy into preparing myself for two sessions. A huge take-away was how well done and impactful the Be Very Afraid student showcase event was. It was just really cool to watch and speak with a range of students who are using a variety of technologies to learn in new ways, pursue their passions & change education.
@kithard presenting with @akowatch on iPad apps
Besides the student showcase, the interesting and meaningful discussions and connections with other presenters, teachers and with the Tech Savvy Educator himself (who was my ride over-Thanks, Ben) helped to round out an incredible few days. A few common themes in these discussions were:
- The deployment of iPads
- Bring Your Own Tech/Device
- Change & helping teachers to try new things
My sessions were well attended and I appreciated the energy in the beautiful new Marysville High School. I think 2 people might have even scanned my QR codes I had splattered around the building! Working with a few app developers to give away apps/subscriptions was also a lot of fun, & I hope to continue that tradition in future sessions. You can view all the resources I shared on this website in the Free Resources and the Session Links sections. Below is also a link to the Must-Have websites Live Binder, organized by subject-matter for elementary teachers. Try at least one in each subject with your students before Thanksgiving & then come back for more!
I wish everyone I met in the Blue Water area the best for this year & I know you will begin to blaze new trails in your buildings. Thank you to all the hard work from the folks at the St. Clair RESA- what a success! To see all action on Twitter from this conference, search the #21cs11 hastag.