Meet Aaron Eyler, History teacher and technology coordinator
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How are you involved in education?
I am a United States History teacher and technology coordinator in a high school of 2,500 students in central New Jersey. In addition, I routinely blog and tweet about educationally related issues as well as conduct professional development on a wide range of topics.
What’s your ideal classroom or school like?
My ideal classroom would contain a wide variety of seats from tables to couches. Each student would have their own laptop and the ability to connect to the main LCD projector. I don’t believe in a ton of teacher-centered activities because I am more curious about what information and knowledge my students present. Therefore, the ability to get online, converse, and interact with people outside the classroom (via SKYPE or ooVoo) would be important. Other than that, I would prefer that my classroom be considered the entire planet. I want my kids to have the ability to walk in and out whenever they want and go in search of the resources they need even when they don’t exist in the classroom. (I would also really want a giant Phillies logo painted on the floor.)
Have you ever attended an unconference before?
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?
Teachers Creating Innovative Schools: As a technology coordinator, I am constantly interacting with colleagues to try and stimulate innovative ideas and spread excitement throughout the building. I don’t believe innovative schools have one or two people working on “pet projects”. I believe that a truly innovative school has everyone in the building working on new ways to approach teaching and learning. Ideas for HOW to spread this type of thinking are important and should be shared so that we can all transform T&L for every student. Problem-Based Learning: These types of activity can always be shared, but what I would really like us to work towards is ways to make them interdisciplinary. Strict adherence to one discipline limits thinking and the ability for students to bring in knowledge and experience from a wide variety of situations. We need to make stronger efforts to move away from “kingdomized” classrooms.
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