I'm immersed in educational technology, living and working with it, being ON frequently and yet Marci had me pondering and learning, and yes, my brain was sweating! Her message to the audience, mostly teacher candidates about to begin their journey into the educational field, was to have a growth mindset. Going into researching a particular educational tech tool or app required time to ask questions and figure it out. This takes a positive frame of mind with an inclination to play, explore and experiment. Marci shared her experiences from the classroom contexts and the teachers with whom she works. She shared some of her favourite apps (Thing Link, Green Screen, Adobe Voice) that turn her tablet into a 'making learning visible machine'. She introduced Chrome extensions such as Clearly and Convert to Text. Her talked about using Minecraft to engage and transform student learning. Her passion for blogging and using Twitter from a professional perspective was shared. Marci encouraged the audience to engage and connect as teachers to others in the profession. Marci recommended some Twitter hashtags to follow: #SCDSB; #scdsbTTOG; #coding; #hacked. Other hashtags that apply to education can be found on Edudemic's A-Z List of Educational Twitter Hashtags. The audience was encouraged to 'follow' her on Twitter @marciduncan.
To sum up the two hours in one paragraph does not do justice to the message or the presenter. To learning more about what she is doing with teaching and learning with technology, read the Not Yet blog by P. Miller. Linking some of the information here will help keep many other brains sweating for some time to come!
To learn more about a Growth Mindset, watch this video presentation by Carol Dweck: The power of believing you can succeed. She shares the power of using 'not yet' as a classroom feedback with a growth mindset.