Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • FETC 2015 Day 3

    This post is coming a little after the fact, as you might have noticed. I spent the day at Universal Studios Orlando yesterday but I don’t have much to report on that, educationally speaking. Here are some quick overall observations from my time in Florida, which are not necessarily specific to the FETC: When going to the FETC, be very careful to take note of who is giving the session. If it is on the exhibit floor, it’s usually a sales pitch. However, some sessions are researchers presenting their findings, which can be useful. Poster sessions are teachers presenting their ideas…

  • FETC 2015 Day 2

    Another fantastic day at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC). These are just the highlights that I experienced, of course, as there is so much going on at this conference that it is impossible to experience it all! Only 10 000 steps were taken today, but this is still a fair distance. The day started with the STEM awards and keynote from Yuri Salnikoff of MakerBot, a 3D printer company. Every turn I take at FETC screams “3D printing is the way of the future”. There are several stands that display 3D printers and their various creations and Salnikoff certainly…

  • FETC 2015 Day 1

    After my first day at the Florida Educational Technology Conference, I am exhausted. My Nike+ Fuelband says that I took a total of 16 532 steps today, however that did include a 4.4 kilometre run after the exhibit hall closed… We started our day with a Photo Walk. The FETC committee was hoping to break a world record but I get the impression that we didn’t quite make it, given that they haven’t mentioned it since this morning. We did, however, break a record for the number of simultaneous users on Kahoot at the Techshare Live session. If you haven’t…

  • FETC!

    Tomorrow I will be embarking on some very exciting professional development – the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), in Orlando. If you’d like to know what a makerspace is, how to make use of game based learning, or dozens of other educational technology initiatives that I have on my list to learn more about, then check in here over the next week! I’m looking forward to hearing Jane McGonigal, playing to learn guru, and 686 other speakers from around the States and the world. Well, I might not have time to get to all 687, but I’ve already got a…

  • Physical Activity and Learning

    Not too long ago, Yoni Freedhoff, a doctor and blogger on the ills of sugar (http://www.weightymatters.ca/), published a post with a video on the benefits of physical exercise at school, especially right before learning or writing a test. You can see the video for yourself below, but, in short, the Naperville Central, Illinois school had selected a number of students with learning needs and mandated 20 minutes of exercise, first thing in the morning. This was not just stretching or walking – the students were required to get their heart rates up to “the zone”, 145-185 BPM, after which they completed…

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