In 2000 I had the opportunity to attend my first VSTE Conference thanks to the support of the tech leaders here in Goochland for allowing a new teacher to immerse himself in other ideas from educators from around the state. It was the start of a tradition for me. Since that time, I’ve attended every VSTE conference since. For two terms I served on its board of directors. Later in 2002, I began representing Goochland at a metro-Richmond meeting of the Greater Richmond Area Educational Technology Consortium (GRAETC). I was an active member of that organization for 14 years.
I was so proud this morning to see us affiliated with both organizations in this morning’s broadcast by VSTE of Digital Learning Day 2017. Three of Mr. Frago’s students appeared on a live broadcast this morning with Dr. Richardson to talk about the Scrum process used in their class to facilitate project-based learning. Ms. Leiderman, our secondary technology coach, helped facilitate the conversation and made the interview of students possible.
Scrum is well-aligned with some of the ideas collected by Canadian educator and author George Couros about learning. In his book The Innovator’s Mindset, he juxtaposes traditional ideas about school with ideas about learning. Here are some examples:
- School promotes starting by looking for answers; learning promotes starting with questions.
- School teaches compliance; learning is about challenging perceived norms.
- School is about giving you information; learning is about giving you information.
- School promotes surface-level thinking; learning is about deep exploration.
I am passionate that there are great examples each and every day where technology is empowering and amplifying learning here in Goochland. On this #DLDay 2017, I’m so proud of our students and our teachers being featured on this webcast for the benefit of others across the Commonwealth and the world.
For more on Scrum, check out our teacher’s Scrum blog