Saturday, July 23, 2011

Apples in the Desert: The ADE Summer Institute

Image by Chris Penny
This week was the summer institute for the new class of Apple Distinguished Educators in Phoeniz, AZ. I followed along on Twitter and it seemed as though just as many powerful things were happening with a small group of 200 educators as the 18,000 people that attended the annual ISTE conference.

What impresses me so much about this group? These educators don't just sit around and talk; they plan, they promote, they collaborate. I have seen the fruit of their work and, one by one, they are changing the landscape of education in their classes, in their schools and in their communities. Their goal? Improving learning by learning themselves. Their learning didn't stay inside a conference room all week but spread throughout learning communities inspiring educators who weren't able to be there. 

Here are some powerful things that came out of this week:
We need to allow students to use the digital tools they use outside of the classroom. Presenter Kevin Honeycutt captured it best when he said "If we amputate students' digital limbs when they walk in the door, how can we expect them to learn?"

Tips for Storytelling:
    -Be unique
    -Know your audience
    -Be concise
    -Start strong. End strong.
    -Think about perspective
    -Show. Don't tell

"It's not about teaching. It's about facilitating learning." - Chris Tully

"Not sure what kids are doing on their computers in the classroom? GET UP! If you love your chair so much, retire." -Kevin Honeycutt

"Technology is nothing without a real relationship with our students." -Kevin Honeycutt

"Passion knows no hours." -Bill Frakes

Thanks to all of the ADEs for tweeting what they were learning throughout the week so I could learn along with you :-)

1 comment:

  1. Priscilla, this is special! Thanks for being a collaborator in our experience without even knowing very many of us personally. I can't wait to see the impact you make as a teacher. You've got a great start!