I've been working with teachers on planning QR activities/Google hangouts, and other digital activities for Teen Read Week in October, and we're really starting to see kids responding well to integrated digital activities after adding a tech apps course on campus!
I walked away from ISTE with a massive list of ideas and possibilities, and as I've talked with others, they had the same reaction. So many ideas, so little time to try things, but I've decided to take small baby steps so it's hopefully not so overwhelming.
There's a TON of digital resources I want to try from VR like Google Expeditions to AR booktalks and book recommendations. We'll be trying lots of things at SOMS, but the first real "risk-taking" for me will come during Teen Read Week (early October). I'll be trying some AR activities and we'll do a Pokemon QR scavenger hunt for books as we celebrate "Reading Just for Fun!"
Reading Innovator's Mindset this summer helped me really look at my practice as a teacher and think about ways to really empower my students, create innovative practices, and help students begin to take more risks with their learning. So often our kids don't want to try or are afraid to make mistakes because they think it'll mean their "dumb or stupid or a failure" when that is the exact opposite of what we want them to think. Helping students to overcome their fears, take risks, and try new things must be modeled...WE need to take risks, try new things, and be innovative in our practices to help our students become empowered learners who strive to continuously improve. It's a work in progress, but as I said earlier...baby steps!