Where do I begin? What a whirlwind the past 24 hours has been! The photo above is of Dr. John Medina, developmental molecular biologist, and author of Brain Rules. Dr. Medina was the keynote speaker last night, and he addressed the impact neuroscience has on how we teach. His presentation was funny and engaging, and a great way to kickoff an inspiring conference!
I caught the train bright & early this morning (hellooooo, 5:45AM!) to set up for my 8-10AM poster session: Teaching STEM With Google Earth: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Geospatial Technology at the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s Broad Street Atrium. Around 7:45, with barely enough time to brush some make-up over my sleep-deprived eyes, people began trickling into the atrium, and I just dove right in to the pool of questions from fellow attendees.
After interacting with a few people, I realized what my messages to the ISTE community were:
- Google Earth is an amazing and vast resource for teachers to breach boundaries into multidisciplinary education.
- Providing an interactive platform for Earth science-based literature allows for students to put what they’ve learned in a real world context, and engage with the content, making it easier to swallow than a static, 200-page book.
- Creating your own content in Google Earth is EASY! Your students can do it! Give them ownership of the content. It makes it more meaningful to them.
I was so excited to share these messages and was literally talking non-stop for two hours. It was thrilling to be extending my activities to the ISTE participants as gifts for them and their classrooms. I had a few special interactions, too, that will definitely stick in my brain. I was invited to potentially speak at a conference/panel discussion next spring, talked to a bunch of educators who, I could tell, were inspired by the platform that is Google Earth, and I was interviewed for a video, too!
I’ve been having so much fun, and I am completely exhausted from all of the exciting & stimulating brain food I’ve been munching on!
Also… this conference has provided me with the COOLEST name tag I’ve ever received:
I mean, right?!