Well here we are at 2022. I got my first nintendo in 1986 and played Super Mario Brothers more than I should have. But I also built forts, ran through the bush and rode my bike everywhere. I used my first laptop in 1987 (as my mother was a software sales rep and we always had the latest computers) which I would eventually teach my mother how to use and troubleshoot. I also played soccer, hockey and French horn. In my high school in 1990 the typing lab was replaced by a computer lab, and in computer class we new way more about computer's than our poor instructor. I also starting working a job full time in the summer and learned about hard work and farming. In 1999, I got my first email address and was very comfortable with computers, spreadsheets, and now social media, online teaching, interactive whiteboards and many other tools. I spent time surfing, snowboarding, kayaking and learning Spanish in rural Mexico. I see the potential in VR and AR and am excited to see them integrated meaningfully into education. However, to tell the truth, at no point in time do I think that my education or teaching is truly improved by the use of this technology. There is benefits but also some very large consequences. It was in doing that I learned 99% of what I know not by passively watching or consuming.
Hello there, I will re-introduce myself for this winter semester of 2022. My name is Dylan Johns, I am a father of 2 (14 and 11), husband, coach, volunteer and high school teacher and learning leader. I love building, the outdoors, sports and travel. I am good with people and technology but often prefer to be with a small knit crew of solid folks and disconnected! I, like most, am ready for this pandemic to end and am excited about no masks and travel. But enough about me, let me tell you about the major project I have been struggling to pin down to an exact usable idea...