I just completed the second day of a really amazing conference–The 2011 Technology Lab School@Punahou. The Lab School is a gathering of educators interested in integration and implementation of technology into school curriculum and incorporates large group keynote speeches, small group cohort discussions based on different themes/interests, and informal workshops and roundtable discussion groups. The themes change from year-to-year, but this year the cohort themes included:
- 3D Visualization and Fabrication
- 21st-Century Classroom Tools: Interactive Whiteboards
- Mobile Technology: Using iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and iOS in Education
- Media and Digital Ethics
- Games and Play
I signed on to participate in the Media and Digital Ethics cohort and my colleague Anna signed up to sit in on the Mobile Technology cohort. So far the presentations and the cohort discussions have been amazing. In our cohort discussion on digital ethics today, I got so caught up in the discussion that I, unfortunately, didn’t do a very good job of sitting back and letting others jump into the fray. I’ll work to get a grip on my big mouth and my very strong opinions at our session on Friday so others can get a few words in edgewise and dive into the fray as well. I forget that people in Hawaii just aren’t as verbally aggressive as I’ve become accustomed to being. When in Rome …
The Technology Lab School is held every summer. If you ever get the chance to participate, jump at it. It’s a two week program and we’re only heading into day three, but even at this point, I’m pretty comfortable saying that I’d be surprised if most educators with an interest in technology didn’t find the experience supremely satisfying!
More to come!