Here are a few session titles from some recent educational technology conferences:
- Google Apps in the classroom
- Free and easy screencasting tools
- Creating a classroom website using Weebly
- Edit video online for free with the YouTube editor
- Classroom blogging
- Google+ and Hangouts
- Minecraft in the classroom
- Video on the iPad
- Let’s go for a (Google) Drive!
- QR codes in the classroom
- Creating Google Sites
- Student online newspapers
- Fusion tables
- Digital storytelling in the elementary classroom
These are very tool-focused. I know that we only have limited space for our session titles. But somehow – in our titles, our descriptions, and, most importantly, the sessions themselves – we need to keep a primary focus on the learning purpose(s), not the tools:
- Minecraft in the classroom for the purpose of ___?
- Free and easy screencasting tools for the purpose of ___?
- Creating Google Sites for the purpose of ___?
- Classroom blogging for the purpose of ___?
Next time we plan a workshop or a conference session, can we try to make for the purpose of ___? the primary focus of our session, its title, and its description? I am pledging to do a better job of this myself. Will you join me?