Design Thinking Conference at the U-M Ross School of Business
January 23, 2015
This one day event was organized jointly by U-M with local tech companies actively presenting and showing demos. Assessment, Technology vs Instructional Design, Games for Education, and K-12 education were themes visible throughout the talks.
The keynote highlighted Google’s past, present, and future with education. The case of a geography teacher from Grand Rapids visiting CERN in Switzerland, and doing a Google hangout with his class while in the CERN reactor, as he biked along the accelerator was an impressive idea. It highlighted Google’s commitment to 10X improvements, not small incremental improvements in technology available to the masses. Speakers were Michigan alumni, working at Google. U-M faculty like Barry Fishman and Perry Samson presented and/or participated in panels on improving education. I learnt that Dr. Fishman (School of Ed) led President Obama’s digital education initiative planning team. Nice.
Overall, the resounding message said: technology is a means to the end of quality education. Teaching and assessment design matter much more than technology, and Jordan won a Samsung Galaxy tablet in Google’s end-of-keynote raffle.