iPadPalooza was an amazing event this week. I think about all I can say is WOW! This is an amazing conference, and if you haven’t had the chance to attend, it’s really a must for next year. You can also check out the #iplza15 hashtag for incredible quotes, ideas and resources.
So here are my reflections …
Thursday afternoon I got to HANG OUT with George Couros! Holy guacamole! We went to several sessions and had some great conversations. We talked about SAMR, respect and relationships just to name a few.
Richard Well’s session was really interesting. He basically gave an overview of all sorts of learning models and then ended with a statement that we needed to use a bit of them all.
— iPadWells Richard (@iPadWells) June 25, 2015
George’s tweet says it really well –
— George Couros (@gcouros) June 25, 2015
Then, Tracy Clark shared about adopting a posture of experimentation. I love this thinking. It’s basically another way of talking about a “growth mindset” and was focused on us as educators and students. One of the most powerful points she shared was that after you experience success, it can be even harder to try and fail. I certainly agree.
— Tracy Clark (@TracyClark08) June 25, 2015
So here’s my very simple, boiled down, take away from Thursday afternoon – as well as great way to describe my educational philosophy.
Creativity, growth and engagement are key.
I think it really all comes down to creativity. With creativity comes a level of freedom that students have to feel. With creativity comes engagement – they are producing their own version, product or question. With creativity comes failure and growth, an opportunity to learn what works for them.
So it’s really less about exactly how your teaching, but more about what YOU and YOUR STUDENTS are creating. Find something you’re passionate about creating. Adopt a posture of experimentation yourself, then be open about your creativity, experiments, successes and failures with your students.
P. S. – This is outside my usual “box”! If you read here often, you know I usually post projects and tech tips. Thanks for reading & I’d love to hear your thoughts!