I took in the Hack Education education unconference that opens ISTE today. It was my first experience with a large unconference, and I learned a few things about organization and set up, both from the day and others that I spoke with through the day.
Design thinking was something that I've been hearing about for a while now, so took the opportunity to sit in on a session where those who were using it and exploring it shared there thoughts on the benefits and challenges of design thinking. It does have a lot in common with Project Based Learning, though it might be better framed as Challenge Based Learning or Problem Based Learning. You can take a look at some of the notes from the session here.
Professional development is something I've been thinking about a lot in my role as a digital literacy resource teacher and as a part of my M.Ed. course work. I think there are a lot of problems with the way that PD is traditionally delivered to teachers, and not just in the areas of technology. I learned a few ways that schools are attempting to give teachers more autonomy in that that pursue their ongoing professional learning and that was exciting. I think that Jim Jamieson and I also had something to contribute as we shared the story of our YRDSB Google Camps and the YRDSB Leaders and Learners Google+ Community that we've developed.
That's it for Day 1! Looking forward to day two tomorrow!