EdTech

This past week was the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 which was held in sunny San Antonio, TX. Among the trending topics at the conference was coding in the classroom. There’s a movement called Girls Who Code led by Reshma Saujani, who was one of the keynote speakers this past week. Tech jobs are among the fastest growing ion the country, yet girls are being left behind. Girls Who Code’s mission is to help close the gender gap in technology.

Another cool note to mention is that Chicagoland’s very own Jennie Magiera was one of the other keynote speakers. She is the chief innovation officer at Des Plaines Public Schools in Chicago and the author of Courageous EdventuresShe believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for what she calls “edventures:” student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. With this in mind, Magiera’s work centers on acknowledging problems and finding innovative ways to navigate them, freeing up teachers and students to dive into classroom edventures.

Overall, a successful conference. The future of education and technology is exciting as always. What was your favorite part of this past week? Were you following the talks on twitter like I was? #ISTE17 in case you didn’t catch it. Do you work in the field of education? If so, do you feel like things are changing for the better or worse?

Committing to yourself

The other day was the longest day of the year (June 21st) and it was also World Giraffe Day. Something about long necks and long days making sense and therefore there’s a holiday for that. You’re welcome.

I saw many posts regarding not only giraffes but also that people had no excuse to not exercise and put themselves first on the longest day of the year. With the prolonged daylight, there was ample time to get outside and get moving. This prompted something in my mind and heart, though. People need to commit to themselves and to their well-being.

Most of the time when you hear commitment you think relationship or marriage. I challenge you to think of yourself first. Yes, your significant other or spouse is important, but so are you. Don’t let anyone else determine your happiness and health. My newest student isn’t a typical one. While she is studying to take the ACT, she is far from a High School student. She is in her 40’s and has a Master’s degree, but needs a certain ACT score to further her career in the education field. While she’s not typical, she is an inspiration to me and everyone around her. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams and your career goals. I love how committed she is to her dream job.

Who are you committed to? What are you committed to? Are you happy? Do you rely on yourself for your happiness?

And while you’re here, here are some love locks seen in Oak Park. From the committed relationships. I wonder how many of these are still holding strong?