Closing the ISTE 2016 conference & expo in Denver, Colorado is 3rd grade teacher from London, Ontario, Michelle Cordy. Author of Hack the Classroom and a highly respected ISTE community member, Cordy is on a mission to ignite young minds through new ways of learning and teaching. In her closing keynote speech, she makes the point that structure matters in educational networks. What happens, she asks, when just a few teachers, instead of being only connected to the teacher on your left and the teacher on your right, make just a few more connections, and find people like themselves in that network? What if there are connected educators that reach out to people they don’t normally speak to, that introduce their friends to your friends? Amazing things can happen then, because when your friends are better connected, you are better connected, and in this network—what Cordy calls a “small world”—good ideas are passed around, people have access to the expertise of librarians, STEM educators, artists, and more. Connection and community can lead to empowerment. By changing how teachers are bonded together, you may find a new engagement that allows for devising solutions together. By bringing students into the process, we can together transform education for future students. This innovative teacher calls ISTE a “special small world where good ideas pass. In fact, ISTE is many small worlds because within this group… all of us are connected and we share ideas in this diamond network.” Being a connected educator is a powerful thing!
- Presenters of ISTE 2016 Big Ideas – Jennie Magiera
- Presenters of ISTE 2016 – Henry Hall