Archive for August, 2016

GoogleFEST

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Today, all the EDMT faculty members attended a single-day conference for teachers in Grand Rapids hosted by MACUL. The 300-plus teachers here today are working hard to leverage technology, in particular, Google applications, into their teaching. The power of the apps and their pedagogical potential cannot be ignored and I am convinced teachers in Michigan won’t ignore their potential for making a difference.

National Ed Tech Plan 2016

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

This is the introduction to the latest version of the NETP:

The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

You may download a copy and have a pleasant read. It is packed with great examples and is a very readable document. You WILL be hearing more about it.

Seymour Papert

Monday, August 1st, 2016

I learned today that Seymour Papert passed away just yesterday at the age of 88. As the inventor of some of the earliest and most accessible programming languages, LOGO, he brought human/computer interactions to new heights for many, especially to children. He had a great influence on me and I have a copy of one of his earlier books, Mindstorms, on my shelf.