Dr. Rob Presenting at #PAMLE2017 in State College, PA

Register for the PA Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) / PA Association of Student Assistance Professionals (PASAP) State Conference here:  http://pamle.org/conference2017 Dr. Robert Furman will be presenting two sessions on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at The Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA 1:45 – 2:45 PM Motivating the Reluctant Reader Through Technology In this exciting presentation, Dr. Rob delivers a fresh approach to integrating modern technology and reading, making them completely complementary. Dr. Rob presents many technological resources that can easily be introduced into the 21st classroom; from websites, to video conferencing, to ‘apps’, in order to bring a new, refreshing approach to reading. Further, Dr. Rob discusses practical applications for each of these resources, bringing to light ways educators and schools can use these resources in an appropriate, budget-friendly, effective manner to see a shift in active reading among their students. 3:00 – 4:00 PM Are You Future Ready? Education is the wild west of the 21st century and I could not choose a more exciting time to be in education. This presentation will discuss various ways to look at change and the necessary skills needed in the 21st century. Might it be time for an Education revolution? What Read More …

Dr. Rob Presenting at #KySTE17 in Louisville, KY

Register now for the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) Spring Conference, March 8-10, 2017 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Registration Link Dr. Rob will be presenting on March 9; at 10:30 am attendees will be asked to participate in the Are You Future Ready Challenge and at 2 pm, Dr. Rob will be discussing Motivating the Reluctant Reader. Keep up with the conference by using hashtag #KySTE17 Share your thoughts with us by posting on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook using the hashtag #DrRobAnswers!

The 5 Things You Should Either be Hearing or Saying about EdTech

Even today, we still have teachers across the country fighting the integration of educational technology into the classroom. Many use similar excuses as to why they should not waste their time. The simple fact is that they typically are nervous to learn something new and possibly failing. I think everyone can understand that feeling of not wanting to fail (especially in front of their peers or students). So, they make up a variety of reasons why they think it is a bad idea or they simply just close their door and leave the technology in the corner of the room. Here is a list of the top 5 things you should say to your teachers in regards to educational technology. It’s OK to take a risk. We tell our teachers to make sure their classroom is a place where students feel they can take risks. We want students to experiment and move beyond their comfort zone to reach out to their full potential. This is exactly the same for teachers and technology. You have to create an environment that lets teachers experiment with technology without feeling like it is a pass or fail experience. Let teachers move outside their comfort Read More …