I recently had the chance to engage with so many influential educators at TCEA in Austin, and I have a lot floating around in my head that’s waiting to find a landing place. That conference is definitely one where part of the challenge is managing all the new ideas and considering what challenges you’ll accept before planning them all out over a period of time.
Since I find myself in the thick of wading through a sea of good ideas, I thought I would blog about it. I’ve picked ten ideas that stood out to me. These ten ideas stand out as concepts I’ll continue to come back to in order to push my thinking, especially with regard to technology in the classroom.
Admittedly, a lot could be done to unpack each of these ideas, but rather than sharing a series of mini posts, I simply wanted to share the big ideas that have stuck with me from my learning last week. So, here’s what’s on my mind lately.
“Our kids will not know the difference between a social media site and a website. It will all be the same.” – Kasey Bell
“You may be sitting next to the smartest person you don’t know.” – Steven Anderson
“We use social media for conversations because that’s how we learn.” – Steven Anderson
“Twitter chats precede faculty meeting conversation by 12-18 months.” – Tom Whitby
“Your comfort zone should never impede the learning of your students.” – Tom Whitby
“Our technology decisions should be based on education and learning, not on business sense.” – George Couros
“Quit telling people to think out of the box. It’s how you innovate inside the box that counts.” – George Couros
“In education, how often does ‘data driven’ mean we become ‘weakness focused?'” – George Couros
“Isolation is now a choice educators make.” – George Couros
“The higher up we go in the traditional hierarchy, the more people we serve; not the other way around.” – George Couros
So, there it is. There’s plenty to ponder, but I’m enjoying thinking through these ideas and considering how we can change to push student learning to a greater extent.
Help push my thinking. What do you agree with here? Disagree with? How are you making change happen based on these ideas?
Let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you!