• Conferences,  FETC 2017

    FETC Reflection

    Before FETC, I wrote a blog post outlining my focus and my predictions. I predicted that there would be a focus on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Coding, and Makerspace. I was surprised by the small amount of Makerspace displays I saw. However, I was able to get my first real experience of Augmented Reality which really opened up my mind to the possibilities and opportunities this technology could bring into the classroom. Others in my group were disappointed with the some of the Virtual Reality displays. It appears that there were several vendors advertising 360 video as Virtual Reality. I decided to focus on coding in education and digital tools…

  • Conferences,  Evaluating EduTech,  FETC 2017,  Integrating EduTech

    FETC: Game Based Learning and Gamification Workshop

    On Friday January 27, 2017 I hosted a workshop at the Future of Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. The workshop surrounded  the benefits and challenges of using Game-Based Learning and Gamification in the classroom. Together we walked through The Bunz Model, explored several examples of applications I have used within the classroom, and then worked at creating our own plans of integration. I was very honoured to be given this opportunity and I look forward to hosting more workshops in the future. Below is a link to the Powerpoint I used during the presentation. If you would like me to come and do a workshop at your school or professional learning…

  • Conferences,  FETC 2017

    Navigate the FETC Exhibit Floor Like a Boss!

    This year FETC hosts over 400 exhibitors and 650 presenters covering numerous topics, strategies, products, tools, and professional development opportunities. Needless to say, you are going to be overwhelmed with information and may have a hard time keeping track of all the great digital tools you come across. Plus, it can be hard to know what questions to ask when talking to different companies about their products. I am here to help you out! Before you arrive at FETC come up with a focus. What topic are you most interested in learning about? Why do you want to use technology in the classroom? Is there a specific purpose, curriculum or…

  • Conferences,  FETC 2017

    FETC – My Focus and Predictions

    This year I have the privilege of not only attending the FETC 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida but I will be hosting a workshop on integrating game-based learning and gamification tools into the classroom. I am so excited to share the information I have learned through my Master of Education with other educators interested in gamifying their classrooms. Last year, I was advised to choose a few things to focus on to make it easier to consolidate. I have decided to do that again, so this year I will be focusing on the following: Coding in Education: I find that a lot of educators are not evaluating coding tools effectively.…