Greetings from ISTE on Day 2 or the first official day. Today started with TeachMeet ISTE where individuals could share ideas for 2, 7 or 20 minutes long. I had the ability to present on our new technology plan and encouraged individuals to use our materials in creating their own technology plan for the district.
Here are a few links to items that were discussed during TeachMeet ISTE:
Flippity.net – Easily turn a Google Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards or name picker
SwitcherBasic – Create a film studio with iPads and iPhones
One Tab Extension – Reduces the number of open tabs in Chrome while still having easy access to your tabs.
Google Trends – Interesting view of live Google searches
The opening keynote was from Dr. Michio Kaku. Here are a few images from his presentation:
Michio Kaku biggest points were that we need to realize that the computer and the internet is going to be everywhere and nowhere. That means that everything is going to be connected the Internet, from contact lens or glasses to even your toilet and wallpaper. So that brings up the question of what does that mean for teachers and students. Dr. Kaku referenced a revolution in the way we do education. He stated that today’s school system is an effective school system for the 1950s, and the school system is not properly preparing students for the future. He referenced twice the idea of teaching more critical thinking, inquiry and creativity instead of boring memorization. With the Internet being everywhere there is less and less need to memorization basic facts, since everyone will be connected and have instant access to those facts.
Here is the link to my video blog on Youtube of my Overview of Day 2 at ISTE 2016.
Tomorrow’s schedule is: