I just got back from an amazing experience in San Diego – the 2014 Apple Distinguished Educator Global Institute. Throughout this awesome week of professional development, many quotes, pictures, and sketchnotes were shared via the #ADE2014 hashtag (be sure to check it out on Twitter). Here are my 10 favorite quotes tweeted out during this amazing event:
Here are 10 of my favorite quotes from ISTE 2014.
What was your favorite quote from ISTE? Be sure to share it in the comments below!
Have you ever sat through a bad presentation? Me too. But I never realized how serious of a problem it was until one day in 2008. It was a Wednesday in fact. A cold January Wednesday in the winter of 2008 when I took 112 seventh graders to the computer lab to work on presentations. As a teacher, I thought I was being creative. I thought I was being innovative. I thought I was empowering students. I thought I was fostering creativity. Until two days later, when back in the classroom, I watched 112 seventh graders click through their slides and read every one of them word for word. That’s when I realized how serious this problem truly was. That’s when I realized we were creating another generation of bad presenters.
Excited, connected educators are contagious. But their unconnected colleagues don’t know what they don’t know. They haven’t experienced the power of Twitter. Some see professional learning on Twitter as a one-sided conversation since all participants are obviously connected, but there are plenty of self-reflective, continuously learning teachers not on Twitter. Don’t treat unconnected teachers like they are doing something wrong. Reflection doesn’t have to be done online to be effective. Being a connected educator is just another opportunity for inspiration and lifelong learning.
Many years ago I quit assigning homework. Too many dogs were eating it and I didn’t feel it was my job to feed the neighborhood pet population. From time to time I reconsider the impact of homework. While not everyone will agree with me, I feel the role of the homework boils down to two essential questions: