Leading Educational Innovation in 1:1 Classrooms

July 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm 2 comments

FI 7-8-09 -- 153Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Leading Innovation: Implementing Effective 1:1 Technology Programs at The Friday Institute at North Carolina State University.  I was able to participate as both a vendor and attendee and gained fantastic insight from the experience.  It’s inspiring to hear from leaders across North Carolina who are connecting with technology to do right by kids in school.

David Warlick keynoted the event, and it’s incredibly encouraging to see so many school leaders engaged in making flat classrooms a reality in their districts.  There were valuable connections to make with the other attendees – superintendents, principals and classroom teachers.  Educators I spoke with were particularly excited about participating in the Young Minds Digital Times Film Competition and pioneering PlumbBrain Micro-Communities in their classrooms.  I’ve been in touch with many of my new acquaintances since the event ended on Friday.

FI 7-8-09 -- 213The Friday Institute (FI) provided a paperless institute – the first I’ve been to!  Not only is this a fantastic was to conserve paper and money, but they’ve also made all of the resources available to you!  Both the institute wiki and Ning are “on-growing” communities where educators and laypeople alike are invited to join the conversation about 1:1 computing environments.  You’ll also find all the handouts from the different presenters available through the wiki.  Please check them out, enjoy, then invite any like-minds you know!

A large thanks to the FI for including KidThrive.org + OneSeventeen Media in the event!

(Pictured from top to bottom:  teachers collaborating during an immersive project-based learning simulation and David Warlick looking on as one district makes their comprehensive plan for 1:1 connectivity in their schools.  Photos by Amy Strecker)

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  • 1. Amy Looper  |  July 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Hey Amy! Thanks for the post on how fantastic the conference was. It is AWESOME to see how innovative and committed the Friday Institute is to 1:1 computing. My hat’s off to North Carolina for taking the lead on connecting their kids and educators with technology. We’re looking forward to following more of this innovative approach and to seeing it spread rapidly across the states!

  • 2. Beth Carls  |  July 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Ten years ago when we started working with primary and secondary students, we were surprised at how slow technology was taking to get started – not with the kids because they were begging for it – but with the educators.

    It’s great to learn more about the digital pioneers in North Carolina. Hats off to The Friday Institute and North Carolina State University for the amazing work they’re doing.


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