Day two highlights of ISTE included the opening keynote by R2D2 and Dr. Ruhah Benjimen.
Benjimen spoke on the areas of Imagination, design, hacking and lifting or alift. Concepts that all needed love.
“Set phasers to love me,” Ruhah said.
In school she challenged our institutions to not perpetuate inequality, but work to be labs of democracy.
“Discrimination has moved from our physical world to our digital world,” Ruhah said.
She also warned against the false notion that bigotry will end with the passing of time.
R2D2 reveiled his new online courses through Code.org. The courses will expand upon his and other Disney characters limited role on Code.org.
Google Cast, which is fully integrated with Google Classroom will allow students to share screens with the teacher. The Cast app no longer needs Google Chromecast, which many systems administrators found to be problematic. To test Google Cast in beta go to g.co/castforedu.
FlexiSched.net and DocentEDU brought trending products to the Start Up area of the exhibit hall.
FexiSched.net works with schools trying to find more flexible scheduling options or tracking.
“FlexiSCHED is a simple program and backend database that tracks and maintains attendance records of where students go for targeted intervention periods or high-engagement enrichment periods. It is designed the be “flexible” in all ways so that each school can fit it into their school culture and philosophy,” according to Flexisched.net.
DocentEDU is a Chrome Extension that allows teachers to insert quizzes, note taking activities and other many other student friendly options. Teachers can view all or individual student work on the web page. Five free trial web page adaptions are available on DocentEDU.com.