In March I had the incredible opportunity to join the Northwest Council for Computer Education as they brought yet another engaging, informative, and energetic conference to the Northwest with #NCCE2015!
Richard Snyder, Morgan Larsen, Heidi Rogers, Becky Firth, and the entire NCCE team out did themselves this year with an all star line up of keynote speakers and featured presenters.
The Northwest Council for Computer Education Conference sets itself apart from other "edtech" conferences in an impressive and unique way. The week of #NCCE2015 started with attending one of three summits. Gaming/Coding Summit, Teacher-Librarian Summit, and IT Summit. It was refreshing to see a conference that recognizes and respects the position of school librarians as an essential gear in the educational technology dynamics.
There were also a plethora of workshops attendees could join in on if none of the summits met their particular learning needs. The conference continued into Thursday and Friday with a wide variety of workshops and sessions for participants to choose from. The hard part at #NCCE2015 wasn't in finding a good session or workshop, it was trying to decided between great sessions and workshops! If only you could clone yourself and go to all of them!
One trend that I have noticed over the past year or two that I also observed while at #NCCE2015 was the big movement by the education community away from Apple. Personally, I love Apple products. I have an iPhone 6+, Apple TV, and a MacBook. Professionally, I would never recommend using Apple in a school setting especially in grades 3- up. Specifically, iLife/iWork apps like Numbers, Keynote, and Pages.
As an educator I am dedicated to finding and using technology resources that take me and my students out of the mere Substitution mode in the SAMR Model and into Augmentation, Modification and ReDefinition. iLife/iWork products do not allow of the collaborative and sharing that is needed to truly reach the higher levels of the SAMR Model. Plainville Community Schools has provided great lesson plan examples using technologies and the lessons equivalent SAMR level.