Today was the first day of the eMINTS Conference. It was a great day with many conversations about educational strategies, student engagement, and 21st Century Tools. Educators from all around the US were in attendance and were eager to rejuvenate by collecting ideas and resources to take back to their classrooms.
Glen Westbroek, a junior high teacher from Utah”s Alpine School District, and Doug Caldwell, eMINTS Instructional Specialist, were among the presenters. Their presentation was based around Glen”s tried-and-true way to encourage students to really think and discover how they can enhance real-world thinking through problem-solving with the use of free online tools.
The entry point for the session was the statement “When students think, they remember.” This introduction was so powerful for me because it really got me thinking about how I construct new learning. Most of us construct learning by doing something. This might be building something with our hands, talking to casino francais en ligne peers, or just focusing on our thinking to create something new to communicate our understanding. The essential part of constructing this new knowledge is to let the learner do the majority of the work.
Doug shared with the participants, “The person doing the work, is doing the learning.” Therefore, during this session the participants did an inquiry activity from a student”s perspective with Doug and Glen sharing facilitation strategies along the way. This dynamic duo also shared and incorporated several free Web 2.0 tools into their unit plan such as: LiveBinder, Google”s Big Huge Labs, Intel ® Teach Visual Ranking Tool and more.
There is something truly empowering when a presentation grabs and holds your attention for the entire session. This experience may be exactly what educators might seek as they are working with students in 21st Century classrooms. If you are unable to attend this session on Day 2 of the conference, you can check out their unit plan at http://tinyurl.com/emintsthink.
The eMINTS Conference is a yearly event. If you didn”t get to attend this year, we hope to see you next year!
[This post was provided by Amy Blades, an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center.]