Beware the Transformation Trap: Making Meaningful Change
So often we hear about how new devices, pedagogies or teaching philosophies are “transforming education”. We hear about models focused on redefinition and innovation. However, how closely aligned are these strategies, ideas and devices to the real focus of our schools - our students? This session explores the transformation trap - the idea that simply being “different” or new is better. It refocuses the discussion of innovation and educational technology back on the students and how these changes can truly support their learning in real classrooms.
Jennie Magiera is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a network of 32 Chicago Public Schools, and previously taught math to 4th and 5th graders. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and CPS’ 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, Jennie has been working to redefine education through effective technology use. She explores how to leverage 1:1 devices such as Chromebooks and iPads to increase student collaboration, self-efficacy and creativity. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog TeachingLikeIt’s2999.
: All conference attendees are invited to a special Kickoff Keynote.