This past weekend in Prince George’s County MD, at the Powering Up With Technology Conference, educators from the DC/MD/VA metro area came together for an energized day of learning, collaboration, and fun.
The keynote speaker, PGCPS Superintendent, Dr. William R. Hite, Jr., gave a very compelling address to the audience. He charged all teachers with creating conditions wherein their students can be exposed to multiple opportunities to access learning resources. In his view this is essential because students are engaged by success, curiosity, originality, and satisfying relationships.
Moreover, they are surrounded by and strongly influenced by an ubiquitous world of digital media. The actual brain development of our students is different because of our technologically saturated world. Therefore Dr. Hite opposes school as a place where kids who are metaphorically “running at 100mph” are forced, when they come to school, to “slow down to 5mph.” If the utilization of digital media is an indicator his vision of a 21st century school system, then his philosophy has obviously taken root throughout the county. Discovery Education was proud to present Dr. Hite with a Visionary District Award in celebration of their 2 Million views from Discovery Education STREAMING! A large part of this accomplishment is due to the excellent work of the many DEN Stars in the district. It’s amazing what STAR power will do!
In addition to a compelling keynote address from Dr. Hite, attendees also heard from Discovery Education’s own Lance Rougeux and Matt Monjan, the featured speakers for the conference. Lance shared his most recent collection of educational goodies gathered from the Discovery Educator Network in his presentation, The Collective Brain. In Matt’s session, Consumer to Creator – The Student as Both the Learner and the Teacher, he modeled ways for teachers to get their students actively involved in constructing their own learning experience.
The electric buzz was tangible even at the end of the day and will surely keep teachers energized this school year!