I had the great privilege of spending last week with a group of my EDU-heroes at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference. As the conference title would imply there were a myriad of excellent sessions on google classroom, learning management systems, app-smashing, and fantastic curricular, collaborative, and creative website and technological tools. As I reflect on the learning takeaways from these three great days of learning, however, I am left with a much more profound question: Is the key device of innovation MATTER?
Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) – “Every human being needs to know that they are noticed, valued and essential.”
Leslie Fisher (@lesliefisher) – “My words, your words matter. Use your superpowers for good!”
Erin Klein (@KleinErin) – “I strive to be the teacher that I want my own kids to have.”
Ge-Anne Bolhuis (@gabolhuis) – “Your heart is your power source to build up others.”
Will Richardson (@willrich45) – “The tech conversation doesn’t matter if you haven’t had the learning conversation first.“
Jennie Magiera (@MsMagiera) – “Is school educating the curiosity and inquisitiveness out of our students?”
I love the irony at the heart of a tech conference evoking the following lasting questions for me.
How do I actively support a culture in which all participants are valued, where relationships are invested in and developed, and where all learners are engaged in work that matters to them and to the world?