Thursday, May 7, 2015

Riding the Wave Conference 2015

 I am attending the Riding the Wave of Change conference in Gimli, Manitoba.  It has been an inspiring and productive day of professional learning. 

We kicked off the conference with an engaging keynote from Richard Byrne,a teacher and notable edublogger at

Richard shared many good points about teaching students in a hyper-connected world.  This quote that he shared really resonated with me:

Richard also shared some tools that can be useful in the classroom: 
Run a backchannel or chat room with
Contribute local wildlife photos to
Learn and practice vocabulary with this student-developed tool

I also attended a great presentation by Darren Kuropatwa today.  There were several parts of his presentation that made me think deeply about our connected world and how we can use technology to empower people and make a positive contribution. 

Some important points that resonated with me:

"Citizenship isn’t just what we should NOT DO.  It’s thinking about how we can make a positive contribution." 
 - Darren Kuropatwa

  • The internet does not forget.  For example, websites like document the history of the web.  That means that even websites which are now taken down can be viewed.  
    • The internet can empower you.
    • Choose what you share in the digital world.  What are you good at?  How can you help a problem?  How can you share your passion in a positive way?   How can you make a difference?  
  • Here are some examples of people sharing their passions and talents
      • Sean Quigley - sharing his musical talents "Little Drummer Boy"
      • Maria Aragaon - sharing her musical talents performing Born This Way (Cover) by Lady Gaga
Darren shared two powerful videos that got me thinking:

Can we autocorrect humanity?    You do have a choice (about how and when you use technology and about what kind of citizen you are in this world).  "You need not delete your social networks or destroy your cell phones, the message is simple, be balanced, be mindful, be present, be here. :)" -Prince Ea

The Kindness Boomerang watch how one act of kindness can lead to another.  This video definitely made me feel happy and it made me appreciate the kind, supportive students, families and community members that I'm fortunate to work with!

I also checked out a variety of cool (and useful!) tools in Lori Emilson's session today:

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