Summer teacher institute focuses on benefits of technology

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

As dozens of teachers watched Google’s “Zeitgeist 2012” video Wednesday morning, they live-chatted about their reactions.

The video, which lasted less than three minutes, flashed images that ranged from Psy and Barack Obama to the London Olympics and Arab spring.

Rushton Hurley, a former teacher who has created a free library of educational videos, asked for a show of hands: Who remembered something they’d forgotten? Who felt an emotional connection? Hands shot up.

“We are talking about the power of images,” said Hurley, executive director of Next Vista for Learning. His message: Digital learning done well unleashes creativity and fosters connections, sometimes between teachers and their “headache kids.”

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