Amazing and Awe-inspiring – Fort Wayne, IN
These are just a few words to describe the fabulous Fort Wayne Community Public Schools Convention on August 10, 11 and 12, held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne , Indiana. Discovery Education’s Steve Dembo was keynote and described the world of technology and education. It is changing at a hectic pace. In his usual energized fashion Steve shared that our digital natives are becoming technology oriented at earlier and earlier ages, citing his own 2 year old.
One important point for educators is that teachers should be assigning projects that enhance student creativity. It is important for students to demonstrate their understanding and this can be done utilizing multiple formats. We should require assignments in which students have the option to prove they know the content in any way they wish. For instance, a musically adept student could write a song, a literature student-a story. Students can demonstrate their understanding of concepts with design projects, blogs, and web pages while utilizing Web 2.0 tools. We must realize that if the student does not indicate a full understanding of the required material/concepts, then he fails. Allowing students to share ideas creatively doesn’t mean that we shortchange content.
Clare Devine presented a workshop sharing strategies and Discovery Education assets. Utilizing an image to use as a hook in a lesson was one idea. Images can be used as story starters by showing either the entire picture or just half a picture. Showing video segments rather than full videos is a much more effective teaching tool. Teachers decide what the essential information is that students need to understand. Discovery Education has a wealth of rich digital media to help convey the information.