Finally time for camp – where crazy scientists encourage you to Fail Fearlessly! A place where your hands teach your mind through creative discovery, prototyping, iterating and building. Fortunately, leading schools are adopting the maker mindset, encouraging innovation, invention and big ideas. I was honored to spend the week with an enthusiastic team of “crazy” teachers that spent their first days of summer playing the role of students. This team of Innovation Specialists spent the first day at EdCamp Disney Magic, brainstorming ideas of bringing the “Magic” to the classroom. The next days were spent developing the ilab / makerspace for the school. There are amazing tech and tools for student engagement, but real take home message is to LEAD with a VISION of optimistic creativity and student empowerment. Cultivating an inspirational environment with the freedom to fail is a revolutionary idea in the school system, yet a commonsense approach to real world success!
Dream it. Design it. Do it.
This film explores this pivotal moment in the history – redesigning education. There is an incredible drive for change, that brings renewed optimism to the arena. Only the movie trailer is available in FL today, so I will share Seth Godin’s TEDx : “What do we want schools to be?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXpbONjV1Jc . & stay tuned for “Most Likely to Succeed”.
Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs
Students acquire and practice essential skills using the unique project based learning model called “Learn-Do-Check-Act” developed by the Camp BizSmart founders. Students work in teams to solve a real world business problem provided by successful. “in-the-news” company founders. The executives inspire students by interacting directly with them while they work to solve, support and defend a business problem that has been created just for them by the company founders with input from the Camp BizSmart founders.
Imagine the immersive on site augmented reality educational opportunities that will develop with GLASS!
30 Trends In Education Technology For The 2015 School Year
- Decentralizing academic standards
- Rethinking data in the classroom
- Adaptive learning algorithms
- Digital Citizenship
- Focus on non-fiction, digital media
- Depth of content
- Experimentation with new learning models (including flipped classroom, sync learning, blended learning, etc.)
- Teacher self-directed PD, webinars, streams, etc.
- College as a choice
- Collaborative learning
- Digital Literacy
- Focus on learning spaces
- Design thinking
- Mindfulness, meditation, downtime
- Teacher as guide-on-the-side
- Gamification of content
- Genius hour, maker hour, collaboration time
- Cloud-based word processing
- Mainstreaming + co-teaching
- Platform Agnosticism
- Librarian as digital media specialist
- YouTube channels, Google Chromecast, AppleTV
- Apps like Storehouse
- 1:1 tablets/devices
- Project-Based Learning
- Mobile-first #edtech design
- The innovation of apps
- Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive