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ISTE 2018 Tuesday Keynotes: Katie Martin

Katie Martin, author of "Learner Centered Innovation," was the 2nd Tuesday Keynote at ISTE 2018


Martin started with an important statement: 
 "If we want to change how students learn, we need to change how educators learn." Prepare kids to solve problems, not for the test.

On a personal note, when she noted, "All of my proposals to ISTE were denied last year!" it made me feel a bit better!

As she reflects on her journey. She went into teaching because she didn’t see the purpose of school at times. She wanted to teach to show students that their voice matters!

She showed her kids at 4 and 5 learning how to make soap. Now they see themselves as scientists.
Her daughter’s teacher said she was “needs improvement” in Science. She hadn’t finished her “packet.” She can see at home how interested she is making slime and lipstick…what is she could build on those passions in school. There are so many requirements placed on teachers with benchmark testing rather than providing authentic learning opportunities.

Our system was developed for the Industrial model. That doesn’t work anymore. We need to change to meet the needs of our modern world.
Gallup poll on student engagement


It’s not just our students who miss out when we don’t provide students opportunities. We all miss out. We have a lot of challenges!

We have to redefine the roles we want students to be able to do.
Blended and Personalized learning mean different things to different people and have an impact on what students get to do. 

Martin then gave some examples of what this looks like:
  • One classroom shows students memorizing the 50 states, even w/ iPad in the middle. Pretty crouded desk.
  • Another model has students with laptops open with students moving at their own path. Still doesn’t give choice and voice.


We have an opportunity and obligation to change how we do things.

What if…
I can create new and better experiences for the students I serve?”
Martin shared this graphic:



Example of what is possible.from her husband’s class

Those students aren’t learning for the test or what they need to know now, they are learning for their future.

Martin acknowledges that it’s hard work to provide these opportunities.
We need to provide opportunities for teachers to plan and do this.

What if..
We empoowerd learnes to discover their passions asnd share their ideas wotih the world?
We have to get to know them.


She then shared this video on what is possible...


Why believing in students matters..

We can’t change how students come to us, but we CAN change how we support them!

What if ..
We can create the conditions that empower learners to find the right questions rather than providing the right answers.

Project Ideate video


What if …

#WhatifISTE18
Martin’s hope: Spark curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genious
It’s people, not programs that will make this happen!

I'm excited to read Katie's book after this!

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