June 27, 2012
An Idea for the Next ISTE Conference #ISTE12
Posted by John Spencer
So, here's my thought on an ISTE space: Why not create a Digital Detox lounge? We could have tables with clay or Legos (old school, not robotic) and Apples to Apples. They could set typewriters on tables and have some books showing how to make origami creatures out of the advertisements in our registration packet. Maybe we could have some acoustic guitars and let Kevin Honeycutt start a jam session.
Who knows? Maybe Gregory Hill could find a partner for a game of Magic while I started a game of Banana Grams. We could have Words with Friends while having words with friends and talk Plato over Play Dough. I'm not sure what criteria we would stick to. Perhaps no screens and no plugs allowed.
And it wouldn't be for irony. It would be earnest. We would rethink the terms "hands-on" and "connected" and creative in a space where we could play and be creative. It wouldn't be anti-tech, per se, just a space outside of technology where we could hang out. photo credit:
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