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EdTech Fast 5 - Micah Shippee on the Power of the Anecdote

August 12, 2018

Dr Micah Shippee is a social studies teacher, member of the Google Earth Education Advisory Board, and a professional development trainer. You can read more of his thoughts on his blog or connect with him on Twitter.

1. What’s the most overrated topic in education right now?

Typing. It once had great value but now with voice typing and predictive AI, is it really as necessary? I think not.

We need to focus on crafting a meaningful message over finding the right letters—after all, why should we let old technology slow us down? We’ve all had moments where we lose our train of thought while looking for the keys on our keyboard.

2. Does technology motivate creativity?

Not by itself! The novelty of technology might trigger early, but fleeting, interest. Quality products (apps, software, hardware) must be shared by enthusiastic champions willing to promote change. The understanding of attention-grabbing, relevant solutions that people can implement within their environment and through attainable skills can lead to positive workflow change and boost creativity.

3. What app can’t you live without?

Twitter—I love growing my professional learning network and staying up-to-date with the latest emerging technology trends.

4. What events from your own experience as a learner have informed your approach to your work in education?

I love the power of the anecdote: that is, the impact a story can make. Stories about catalysts of change and unique solutions to real problems inspire me to think (and act) outside the box.

5. Which actor would play you in the movie about your life?

Robin Williams: I still get the chills thinking about Dead Poets Society. It's a shame Robin is no longer with us—he knew how to captivate!