I had the good fortune of presenting at stemfestnl in St. John's Newfoundland recently. My presentation topics were on Coding in the Classroom and Minecraft in the Classroom. I see both of these as important initiatives to increase student engagement and understanding in my math classes. I am still earlier in my journey incorporating these learning opportunities in my classes and there is much to learn, share, and experiment with. The conference gave me an excellent opportunity to reflect and research. I enjoyed sharing my experiences and insights and the attendees were passionate and engaged educators who inspired and energized me. I was able to grow my personal learning community, my commitment to create more engaging and meaningful experiences for my students, and understanding of coding and Minecraft. I am excited and enthused to continue implementing these experiences for my students and share my findings along the way. The conference was well organized and offered a variety of STEM related topics. The attendees were warm, friendly, and appreciative. We had some great conversations and hands on experiences. The city of St John's was also excellent and hope to make my way back there again. For my presentation notes go to deanvendramin.weebly.com/eportfolio
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.