Since working at KS I have had the privilege of attending various trainings and conferences, but the one that resonated the most with me was the Ed Tech Conference on June 4-5 hosted by our very own IT Department. This conference was fun and entertaining including interesting speakers, breakout sessions and little challenges in between!
The three keynote speakers gave some of the best presentations I have ever seen. They had interesting and motivating stories, which made me laugh and even tear up! The story that had the most impact on me was by Nirvan Mullick a filmmaker who made Cane’s Arcade, a story about a 9-year-old boy who created his own arcade out of cardboard. The response to this film was phenomenal and because of it’s success the Imagination Foundation was created to “find, foster, and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids like Caine.”
This film proved that creativity still exists in young children even with the emerging technologies of today that sometimes hinders kids being kids.
I enjoyed the breakout sessions at this conference because they all incorporated ways of mixing technology and education. As a student studying communications and instructional design, I learned valuable tools that helped me to use creativity and technology to make learning fun. As an instructional designer at Kamehameha I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to teach students, faculty and staff so that they learn to the best of their abilities, but also have fun doing it!
As a whole, our department can use the things we’ve learned at this conference to better our modules/course by making them more exciting, creative, fun, and interactive with all of the programs that are available at our finger tips! The main point I took from this conference is the opportunity to make learning fun. Creativity and learning should never stop not matter what age we are!