I know I have done a blog on this before, but I have to share that it was so refreshing to see over 300 educators give up a Saturday to attend the OU Ipadpalooza to learn how to keep their classroom “fresh” and current using today’s technology. And yes, this is a shoutout! Last Friday and Saturday, the University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt School of Education, in conjunction with the OU Gaylord College of Journalism, held a 2-day conference with an immense number of breakout sessions to showcase the latest in classroom edtech integration for both prospective and current educators.
The organizers of this event--too many to name--did a superb job for a first-time event, which I hope will become a mainstay on Oklahoma's educational landscape. I was amazed to discover some educators had driven over 3 hours the night before (after teaching all day) so they would be ready for Saturday’s full schedule. Who says old dogs can’t (or don't want to) learn new tricks?
On another note, Happy New Year! Yes Happy New Year! Many folks in the hot/warm midwest states like Oklahoma often see September 1 as time to celebrate a Happy New Year! Why? Because to me, the new school year has kicked off, and everyone is getting into their routines. But it also signals the beginning of college football, the NFL (real) season begins in a week, Major League Baseball playoffs are right around the corner, the Oklahoma State Fair opens in approximately two weeks AND just possibly there is cooler weather within sight.
As you enjoy this Labor Day three-day holiday, refresh, think of those classroom systems and routines you need to strengthen and return on Tuesday ready to tackle the fall term.
Happy New Year to All!