My ideas about teaching teaching and learning are changing. They are becoming broader and including more room for coding and creating in all sorts of ways.
That doesn’t mean I’m throwing away everything I’ve learned over the past years. But it does mean that I want to look a little more broadly about what education can become with the tools that we have access to.
I gave the keynote session at the BYTE conference last week and I heard myself say something that I’ve said many times at conferences before:
“Computers in classroom are not meant to be just fancy typewriters. Computers need to allow us to do completely new things. Completely different things.”
I’ve said this before. Other people have said this before. But this time it really got me thinking about what “different” means. I’ve been thinking about transforming classrooms. About rereading curriculum documents through a twenty first century lens. I’ve been thinking about science and math, but also about reading and writing and art. How do these things look? How should they look?
For the past few years my classroom has been based around the Idea Hive, a collaborative hybrid online space. That isn’t going away. But I’m thinking about “new” and “different.” I’m thinking about a new focus on innovation, on creativity, on communication. I’m wondering what a classroom might look like that has a real focus on doing things that we couldn’t do without the technology.
That’s led me to design this new logo tonight that will be going up in my classroom as soon as I can get a full size version made: