Friday, February 08, 2008

Reflections on Educon2.0

Things I am reflecting on after attending the Educon2.0 conference in Philly several weeks ago:
  1. putting kids at the center of their learning
  2. kids creating, not just interacting
  3. opening the door to student creation
  4. there joy in your classroom?
  5. creating "third places" in school
  6. rethinking space - what do we want to happen here?
  7. getting away from instructional "stencils" to discovery and exploration
  8. kids bringing both heart and brain to school
  9. schools needing to be more childlike - open, curious, playful
  10. technology allowing you to go further than you can on your own
  11. hearing, "Most of what kids are doing on computers in school is just dopey" (Gary Stager)
  12. the teacher being the expert learner in the classroom
  13. knowing what's in the box before you leap out
Why change if everything is going well? Our role is to prepare students to be successful in life. Life is not static, it always involves change.

Why change? Because it's part of life!

Are you interested in hearing and seeing more about this Educon2.0 experience?
By the power of Ustream, you can watch the sessions yourself. Go to the Educon20 wiki and scroll down until you see the individual sessions. Next, choose a session and click on "click here for session notes and UStream Session Recording." These are not the 2-4 minute youtube videos that you can fit in easily, so grab a cup of tea first and enjoy.

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