Now, it's time to focus on the content and my huge takeaways from #ISTE2014. Many of these takeaways center around the big ideas of professional development, genius hour, and meaningful technology integration. I will share these takeaways in a series of blog posts.
The first round definitely inspired me and left me wanting more. I loved the quick pace and the diversity of the speakers! Topics included digital citizenship, professional development, creativity, hacking education, genius hour and making, and adding some oomph to your classroom by adding TV twists!
Here are a few of my tweeted takeaways during the Ignite sessions:
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Other big takeaways from the Ignite talks were:
--PD does not stand for pedagogical death. Thanks, @msmagiera! Teachers are like big kids and need to be engaged too. Let's redesign professional development to make it more meaningful, engaging and relevant.
--Passion truly is contagious. "What will you learn? What will you create? How can you share it?"
--We must be pushed outside of our comfort zones in order to grow.
--Digital citizenship must be woven into the way we teach. It is not separate nor an add-on, much like gifted education-- it's how we teach.
The embedded video to the left gives you a little teaser from the Opening Ignite Sessions.
Could an Ignite session be a product option for kids?
Could students give Ignite talks as part of an integrated research project?
Could students prepare an Ignite presentation to share what they created during Genius Hour?
Have any of you already successfully tried this concept with students? What was the result?
What are your ideas for integrating the concept of Ignite into classrooms, schools, and departments?