My Experience at #gafesummit
I had the fortunate opportunity to present at this weekend’s Google Summit in Kitchener. My session was the usual – pedagogy, assessment, marking and coding. I call it “the usual” but it is never delivered the same twice. This time around I even added four new slides thirty minutes before time was up. You can download them here: http://brianaspinall.com/?page_id=66. But isn’t that education? Self-reflection, tweaks from feedback, adjusting to different audiences. I was short on time, but confident with my content.
In the true EdCamp form, we had a matrix of sessions happening in parallel in multiple rooms. You can review the sessions here:
I learned quite a bit on the technological front about Google Apps that I didn’t know before. I re-connected with old friends and even made some new ones.
However, there was something different this weekend. A kind of buzz and energy I haven’t felt at a tech conference before. It may have just been the Spring like weather, but I think it was something more.
In attendance there were students. There were teachers. There were principals. There was also MoE folk. It didn’t matter who you spoke to or what session you went to – the underlying idea of change seemed consistent. As educators we know we have to change and we know why.
It won’t be easy, but that’s OK. The question is how.
What matters most is what we do next.
What will you do next? If you attended this weekend as a participant, I encourage you to share back at your school. Send an email. Write a blog post. Host an after school session. Like George Couros says “a teacher chooses to live in isolation in this connected world.” Sharing has become incredibly easy. Don’t isolate yourself.
I learned about EdPuzzle for diagnostic assessment and I look forward to sharing it on Monday’s PLC and Tuesday’s TLLP sessions. I am sharing how to use the app for assessment for learning – not the app itself – and I think there is a big difference. Pedagogy before technology.
What will you share?
Go outside and play. It’s beautiful… Thanks Poppa for getting me through another one.
Brian Aspinall is an intermediate public school teacher in Chatham, Ontario. As a Computer Science graduate from the University of Windsor, he also develops web applications for the educational community in order to further the progression of 21st century teaching. He is a firm believer in progressive education and when not teaching, coaching sports or developing software, you can find him knee deep in a long afternoon of retro gaming or lost in social media collaborating with others.
Follow him on twitter: @mraspinall