Notes from #ISTE19, Day 3


Excited to be participating in and sharing from #ISTE19 this week!

Some notes from Day 3:

  • The speakers on the main stage today were AMAZING! Alicia Duell shared her story of failure, and rising from what was one of her worst moments. Artist Phil Hansen encouraged everyone to “embrace the shake” in trying different forms of creativity when both artificial and unforeseen limitations are placed in your way. Finally, Sharif El-Mekki shared a powerful message about the sacred work that educators do every day. While recognizing that technology can be a tool to connect, collaborate and amplify voices, we will always need great teachers.
  • The #DigCitCommit design session featured a collection of educators and students sharing their voices about the failings of our current digital citizenship efforts, while also trying to rethink how we can better prepare students (and adults) to share online. It’s time that we reframe the digital citizenship in the positive, model for students, and include students in side-by-side conversations about what positive online behavior actually looks like. No more “Don’t do this. Don’t do that.” Let’s show students how to act online!
  • On this note, Richard Culatta from ISTE talked about our current reality as a Sliding Doors moment. Right now, we are on the precipice of two alternate realities, one where we move forward learning how to harness positivity and where we model for students by promoting kindness, empathy, and understanding in our online interactions. The other is a continuation down the path that we have already started to travel, lined with negative interactions, disagreements (for the sake of disagreement), name-calling, and attacks. A complete communication breakdown unless we act NOW.


Rich (@RACzyz)

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