Michelle Green, led one of the first sessions of the day. Green worked with educators who were wading into Twitter for the first time, helping them understand how their profile and picture helps others connect with them. Are you tweeting on behalf of your school, or classroom, or connecting as an individual? Green says that focusing on WHY you are on Twitter will determine how you establish your profile and settings. Connect with Green and the rest of the #INeLearn team during our weekly chat. For more tips from her session, check out Green's presentation here.
Ryan Steuer from MagnifyLearning led a session guiding participants through the steps of a quality lesson. Steuer said, "It is not about our teaching, it is about kids' learning." Collaboration and Creativity were in high demand as educators constructed landing modules to protect their marshmallow astronauts. Then they discussed aspects of a good PBL lesson, like the entry event, facilitation, and assessment of learning.
Will Richardson, a perennial favorite of Indiana audiences. Richardson cited Seymour Papert as the first to point out the disconnect between how we learn in our "normal" lives, versus the kinds of learning we do in school. The way students learn in a world of abundance means that they don't have to wait to learn about the things that interest them. Richardson pointed out that this is a very exciting truth, but it also fundamentally changes the role of formal education. Further emphasizing the need for change, he reminded that "Our curriculum is just our best guess about what kids need to know to be successful in the world. The problem is that it hasn't changed much in a hundred years."