Getting to attend NETA again was a really exciting for me. I haven't been to NETA for at least 7 or 8 years, so getting to attend at the new venue was really exciting for me. One of my main takeaways beyond the breakout sessions was the first Keynote Speaker Kayla Deltzer. Kayla was extremely energizing and actually made me reflect a lot on my teaching career. I feel that I have always placed relationships at the forefront of my teaching and hearing her put such emphasis on relationships made me realize I have been doing things the right way for years. I have always loved technology and use many different technologies on the iPad daily to enhance my students learning. The one thing that really hit home to me was when Kayla said “if its boring on paper, it's boring on an iPad!” This hit home to me because I post a lot of information for my students on our google classroom page, and sometimes it is a scan of a document that I have used in the past. A document that is clearly boring! This made me want to revamp some of the things that I use with my students on google classroom.
Another highlight for me was being with fellow educators that share a love of technology. I had several amazing discussions, and several of them took place because the teachers saw on my badge that I teach for Westside. We are truly lucky to be 1-1 at the elementary level and I loved sharing my experiences with it.
Lastly, I always appreciate the vendor exhibits at NETA. I love seeing the new and exciting things that companies are coming up with for education. From 3D printers, to 75 inch fully moveable and interactive touch screen displays, I loved talking with the Vendors about their products and how they can enrich education.
Mystery Skype + Skype Translator
Did you know you can connect your students with classrooms around the world? You can, with Mystery Skype! Play a game of Mystery Skype with another class to guess where they are located. It's a fun way to learn about other cultures and enhances your students' critical thinking and communication skills.And here's the best part, they've now developed Skype Translator. The voice translator will translate conversations in 10 languages, while the text conversations in 60 languages.Take the risk, try something new, and connect your students to others beyond the walls of the classroom. Challenge your kids to critically think and learn about new cultures by using Mystery Skype and Skype Translator!
Additional Resources: https://education.microsoft.com/skype-in-the-classroom/mystery-skype