A Revolution in Education
I just completed a week long learning experience on Smart Technologies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland Florida. It was incredible. For the first such institute, Smart and FSC did a great job of putting it together.
What made it great was that the focus was not on learning how to "use" Smart Technologies but rather the integration of technology and pedagogy. The curriculum was written and developed by Dr. Jennifer King of FSC and is soundly based on Bloom's Taxonomy of learning. What you can do when, how and with what to help our students develop the higher critical thinking skills they will need once they leave school.
Virginia was well represented by 5 ITRTs (myself included); and Heather from Spotsylvania County took home the Grand prize for having developed the best lesson. It was fantastic, and it was for high school!
We have all made plans to get together at VSTE this coming December. The best part - Dr. King is scheduled to speak at the conference!
My two cents for what it was worth!