2015 Was Awesome and 2016 is Sure to Bring Even More Great Content and Inspiring, Fun Learning!
2015 has been a wonderful year for EmergingEdTech, and a great year for evolving instructional uses of technology. More than ever, educators have left behind the question of WHY to use technology to enhance learning outcomes to focus on HOW to pursue this vital objective.
This continually growing interest was evident here on the site in many ways. We've had the best half of a school year yet, with traffic rising to an average of nearly 80,000 unique visitors per month for the academic year that started in September! We also added thousands of new followers across our social media channels, and experienced nearly 40% growth in blog post subscriptions. Thank you all so much for appreciating our content and sharing it with colleagues!
Early in the year, nearly 700 educators participated in our Try-a-Tool-A-Week Challenge. This was a blast, eliciting lots of great feedback from many of those participants, and culminating in the awarding of numerous prizes. Thanks again to MobyMax and Gynzy for their prize contributions! We plan to do another Tool-A-Week-Challenge early in 2016. In the meanwhile, if you wish to put together your own challenge, click here!
Our most popular content from years past is listed under Popular Posts over there on the right (=>). Our most popular articles from 2015 were:
- 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle
- 12 Emerging Educational Uses of Technology That are the Most Exciting Right Now
- The Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core
- 10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why
- 5 Empowering and Inspiring Videos for Students, Teachers from Soul Pancake
Over at FlippedClassroomWorkshop.com, we've had an awesome year too, with over 60 educators joining us in the three 4 Week Online Workshops we ran during 2015. Traffic to the site grew steadily and subscribers keep growing!
Plans for 2016
2016 will start off with some fun events and content … I am excited to deliver a Plenary speech at the 2016 International Conference on Information and Education Technology in Los Angeles next week. It was my privilege to write a couple of “2016 Tech Trends” articles for District Administration magazine and University Business to be published in January. And as always, I am lining up lots of great content for publication here on EmergingEdTech! If you would like to contribute, please drop me a line and suggest the topic(s) you are interested in writing about.
We'll also continue to provide top notch Flipped Classroom training and other professional development sessions. Early registration for the February 4 Week Online workshop is open through Jan. 8 (save 20%)! I am writing a new Flipped Classroom Workshop series of books and hope to start publishing them in the spring. I am also lining up workshops and training sessions at schools across the U.S. (click here to reach out and inquire about scheduling PD at your school).
So thanks again to all of our readers, and thank you to the many great guest contributors we've had in 2015! Also, a big THANK YOU to my wonderful wife Christine for helping with article edits and everything else she does every day to support me and my work. We're looking forward to another amazing year of learning, sharing, caring, and connecting in 2016!