The Florida educators technology conference is an event that has been hosted by the Florida education department for the past year, and this year’s event takes place October 4 at the University of Central Florida. This conference is the first time that Floridas education department has held an event like this and I am excited to be in attendance.
I was so excited to hear about a conference in Florida that I had to stop and actually write it down. It’s not something that I normally attend, mostly because I’m not in Orlando, but it’s been a few years since I’ve been able to attend something like this.
As a technology teacher, I have been fortunate to have attended numerous conferences in the past. These have included: CTF, Black Hat, Def Con, HOPE, RSA, and more. I have also been privileged to be in the middle of several of these conferences with students around me. I do not know the first thing about these conferences other than they are all the same, and that they are all basically just a bunch of nerds who like talking about things that are cool.
In this year’s conference, the theme is “Technology in Education: How it Affects Students and the World” and the goal is to “provide a forum for the discussion of how technology in education is impacting students and the world of education.
Of course, to be part of this event you must be a student at a college or university, so we’re talking about the technology that is used to teach students. And in particular, as someone who makes a living developing software that allows students’ schools to operate at a much higher level of efficiency, I’m going to talk about the software that I use to help my students and the technology that I use to teach my students.
I’m going to start out with talking about the software that I use to help my students. What you see is the software I’m using to help my students learn. You could say its the software that is really changing the way students learn, but I think there are more to the story.
For over a decade Floridians like me have been using a software program called IMPACT. It’s a software program that allows students to create a paper outline, then allow the students to create a document and then allow them to make any number of changes to it. They can take notes, mark up, and make edits to the document as they go. It’s a really useful tool for students and for teachers to get a real sense of how a document is structured.
In the video posted on YouTube, we see a teacher using IMPACT to make changes to a document to make it more readable.
The video has the same effect as an audio book, to students and teachers alike. It is just that much more fun to watch.
An idea that has been around for a long time is collaborative editing. The document is not just a bunch of text. It has a design in it, it has diagrams, diagrams that can be used to explain information. And when students have to work with that design, they can actually work on something that they can see, see it clearly, and make it better.