This year we had the privilege of going to the annual conference of ISTE, the International Society of Technology in Education, from June 25 through June 27. It took place in Denver, Colorado and focuses, just as the name says, on technology which can be applied to education. It was a real eye opener and we came back full of ideas to incorporate into our teaching practice.
Technology is rapidly becoming an important and unique tool which impacts profoundly on the ways we work, communicate and live. Being illiterate in technology can be a terrible disadvantage in the world today and it is our mission to educate our students in a way that is relevant to the world they live in. ISTE looks to support educators, students and leaders with clear guidelines for skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model. They provide a framework for rethinking education, adapting to a constantly changing technological landscape and preparing students to enter an increasingly global economy.
During those three days we were able to see examples of the way other teachers around the world were applying technology, go to playgrounds where we could experience on a first hand basis the use of certain technologies and listen to key note speakers, i.e. experts in technology in education, who shared their point of view. It was a very enriching experience and we were very proud to discover how up to date we are as a school regarding our teaching methods. We felt very proud of belonging to a community who looks for and supports innovative ways of teaching and learning, always bearing in mind what’s best for our students.
When we carried out our Pata Pila project last year and presented it in the professional development contest, never did we imagine we would have such an amazing opportunity of attending such an incredible conference. We are very grateful for the opportunity the school has given us to continue learning about teaching and supporting us in our work.
We want to encourage other teachers to participate in these fantastic opportunities the school gives us and continue with amazing projects which inspire us all.
Inés Cazenave and Karen Roberts