At the heart of Loyola University Maryland’s mission is the development of the whole person, or, in Latin, cura personalis. Loyola’s School of Education’s educational technology program exemplifies cura personalis by extending students’ experiences beyond the classroom by supporting their participation in local and international conferences. In June 2022, three educational technology students participated in the ISTELive 22 conference.
ISTELive is an annual conference organized by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). It is “one of the most comprehensive edtech events in the world, attended by a global contingent of education leaders, teachers, coaches, librarians/media specialists and more” (ISTE , nd, About ISTE and ISTELive 23). In 2022, it was a hybrid conference with a face-to-face option in New Orleans, LA, USA and an online option. At the conference, 1,086 sessions were offered along with games, social media challenges and a network of 16,581 people from 88 different countries (Fingal, 2022). The three EdTech students participated virtually and were able to engage with educators around the world and attend sessions on innovative technologies.
Donna Gregg, a 2nd grade teacher at Prince George’s County Public Schools, participated in ISTELive 22. Donna learned about new technologies such as Book Creator, gained more ideas on how to use Choice Boards in her classroom and expanded her professional learning network. (PLN). “The session that stood out to me the most was The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps Book Creator template. This session was awesome and I learned a lot from it. It was very informative and made me want to “Learn more about Book Creator. I even went to another session on Book Creator and learned more about how to implement it in the classroom.” Thanks to Donna’s PLN, she got some ideas from educators around the world and she was able to connect with Kasey Bell from Shake Up Learning and learn more about choice boards.” The sessions I attended at ISTE were encouraging and motivating and the biggest impact was the new skills and materials I learned to use in my classroom.”
Laura Frank, a Grade 9-12 American Sign Language teacher in Maryland, participated in ISTELive 22. Laura learned how to design digital escape rooms using Google apps (Google Workspace) and how to engage students in puzzles and games. “My biggest ‘wow’ within the conference was all the ‘toolbox’ templates, materials and resources that were provided to us throughout each of the different sessions. We have been given so much to copy and use with our students and colleagues! After the ISTELive 22 conference, Laura spent her summer thinking about ways to engage her learners and bring fun to her classroom. “Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that it’s become increasingly difficult to keep students’ attention when they’re competing with their personal phones, social media, and recreational digital games. The ISTE conference inspired me to think about how I can use educational technology to communicate with students in a way that could rekindle their passion and investment in our courses. »
Eric Hines, teacher coordinator for the math department at Laurel High School of Prince George’s County Public Schools, also participated in ISTELive 22. Eric learned how to use digital choice boards to encourage student autonomy and better involve students in the classroom. “The most impactful session of the ISTE 2022 conference was The Teacher’s Guide to Digital Choice Boards: Empowering and Engaging Students! This session provided me with so many resources and ideas for implementing the choices in the classroom.” Digital choice boards are creative ways for students to accomplish a task or goal by guiding them in their own personalized learning. Eric has added parts of this new knowledge to his graduate program internship and to her math class in which activities and tasks will be presented using a digital choice board.” The ISTE conference broadened my thinking and understanding of ways to make the best of our students by enabling them to use technology to support their academic and personal goals.”
At Loyola University of Maryland, students have the opportunity to expand their learning to support the whole person. Faculty member Irene A. Bal advocates for students to attend and present at local, national, and international conferences and works with Loyola stakeholders to financially support students. “When our EdTech students attend conferences, they are able to network with other educators who are passionate about bringing technology into the classroom. They are also able to see innovative technologies and instructional strategies emerge. and bring them back to their classrooms and schools. Any financial support we can give to students is the icing on the cake and helps them offset the costs that usually come out of their pockets. In the EdTech program, we don’t just to talk about cura personalis, we browse opportunities like ISTELive ISTELive 23 will again be hybrid this year and will take place in Philadelphia, PA.
Want to know more about Loyola’s Educational Technology program? Find more information about the program on the program website and follow the Loyola Ed Tech program at TwitterInstagram and TikTok – @LoyolaET
Donna Gregg is a graduate student in the Loyola Educational Technology program and a Grade 2 public school teacher in Prince George’s County. Donna’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mommawith5kids
Laura Frank is an alumnus of the Loyola Educational Technology Program and a grade 9-12 American Sign Language teacher in Maryland. Laura’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrsLCFrank
Eric Hines is a graduate student in Loyola’s Educational Technology program and teacher coordinator for the math department at Laurel High School of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Eric’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrEricLHines
Posted: October 17, 2022