The ITSE EdTech Conference is underway in Philadelphia and offers educators an experience unlike most other education conferences. This year’s theme, Bold Educators Activate Challenge, focuses on the importance of an educator’s dedication, creativity, and risk-taking to the success of the classroom. With over 1,400 sessions led by both educational leaders and innovators from a variety of sectors, the conference engages educators and connects them with people who are really making a difference.
Notable speakers included Danielle Feinberg with Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on films such as Brave and Coco, Michael Bonner of The Ron Clark Academy, who appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and authored Get Up or Give Up, and Mandy Manning of Joel E. Ferris High School, the 2018 Teacher of the Year. The speakers, joined by many others, offered attendees a toolbox full of resources they can utilize in their own classrooms. One teacher in attendance compiled all the resources here for educators that couldn’t attend.
Here are the top 3 tools that have teachers buzzing:
In the United States, computing jobs are the number one source of new wages and there are over 500,000 job openings for computing staff. However, only 35 percent of schools teach CS. If schools begin to introduce code in the early stages of learning, our students will be better prepared for their future education and transitioning to the workplace.
“We know students, families, and community members are struggling with issues surrounding social media, cell phones, and other digital issues. What can we do to help?” This was a question posed at a session centered around digital learning and a student’s digital footprint. In today’s world, it’s important for students to know that their online actions are permanent and can impact people as well as future opportunities.
With all the demands in the daily life of an educator, professional development isn’t always top of mind. To ensure your career is on the path you want, it’s important to discuss options with your superiors but also your peers. By chatting with your peers about opportunities, teachers can set themselves up for success.
Didn’t make it to ITSE? We’ll have more coverage later this week.