Curiosity set me on an unexpected path this week. I was asked to attend an #IoTSlam Conference here in the RTP with a group from Wake County Public Schools. Honestly, I didn't know what "the internet of things" was, but filled with curiosity I committed two of my summer days to explore how IoT could inform the work we do for K-12 Education and #PBL.
Saying I learned a lot would be a serious understatement. Ironically, what I walked away with was not just the abounding list of new voculabary, it was the gravity of being in a space that existed outside the walls of education. I gotta admit, taking the step to do something uncomfortable was a bit scary. I stepped into a world I knew nothing about, but was willing to be vulnerable and open to new ideas. The best part, I walked away with a bank of new information that is ready to be directly deposited into project ideas, connections for teachers, and other projects I am working on.
How do we disrupt our thinking to push forward the change we need? Where do we start? We start by getting out of your borders." IoT Slam18 Conference
Some words of wisdom. If you are a PBL teacher or even a teacher who is investing in making education more relevant, you need to challenge yourself. How can you connect with your community so that your world is opened to potential real world connections and authentic projects for your students? It doesn't have to be a conference. It can be as simple as listening to NPR, reading the paper, talking to people you interact with, or creating a Twitter account. It doesn't have to be a time sucking search to connect. Find ways that work for you. Make the intention and just do it. Trust me, you'll be a better person because of it and so will your students, school, and district. #PLN
Quotes from the Conference
"We are on the doorstep for unimaginable change."
"Having the people to drive the change is most important. The right people are those that care the most."
"Change is only as good as the people. They have to buy in to the way of working."
"There is no #1 solution. It's about working in partnership and finding a solution together."
IoT is a business transformation not a technology"
"In 2025 there will be 55 connected devices"
"Every time you connect you create data"
"intelligence doesn't require a brain"
"humans dominate the planet because we can collaborate flexibly and a large scale"
"How willing are you to jump into the work of innovation?
Teacher, leader, curious observer, explorer of the world and everything in it, passionate about new experiences, and making connections with people.