…which I hope you are, the session/facilitator lineup/schedule has been posted, and there are some great topics for conversation and some equally great people leading them. It’s the edu place to be on January 23-25.
If you are at all interested in joining the session I’m leading on “What Will Classroom Learning Look Like?” please be sure to note that this is not a presentation as much as it is a conversation around some ideas posted on this Google Notebook page. It would be helpful to peruse them beforehand if you think you might sit in, and if you have any other texts that might stimulate the discussion, please let me know. My plan is to simply give a 10 minute framing, break us up into small groups to discuss and then work our way back into a whole group conversation using some modified protocols that will hopefully create a vision that answers the question. If we have time, we’ll steer the conversation to the how do we get there part.
Here again is the session description:
Inspired by recent studies and reflections on the evolution of online social media and its uses by teens, we’ll spend some time attempting to paint a picture (in some broad strokes) around what effective classroom learning might look like in schools that have chosen to evolve their models. We’ll frame the conversation around the questions posed in the conclusion of the “Living and Learning with New Media” study released in November by the MacArthur Foundation. Those questions, as well as some other salient and relevant quotes are included on a Google Notebook page at http://tinyurl.com/educonlearning.
Now, I gotta register and get a hotel room…
I sat in on a workshop facilitated by Kevin Jarrett and Sylvia Martinez last year that used a format very similar to this. What I enjoyed most about the setup was how many people you got to hear from. I think we’ve all sat through workshops and conferences where all of the conversations took place outside of the sessions. Having discussions within the sessions, giving us a chance to meet others and hear perspectives different than our own, will get us much further along in this process of change.
Now, if only I could be in two places at once; I am presenting in this same time slot at EduCon. Thank goodness for recording and the amazing ability of this network to archive discussions! See you there.
Sounds like a fabulous session…. is there any way that the session(s) can be viewed via a webcast or other media? Just not in the budget or schedule to travel but always wanting to learn.
Paul Bogush says
I have narrowed down the 2:30pm time slot to yours and one other…so hard to pick!! Did I hear free cookies at yours?
Will Richardson says
Cookies…um…yes. Fresh. Homebaked. Chocolate chip…or…oatmeal raisin. Whatever you want. ;0)
Chris Lehmann says
Yes, we will be broadcasting all the sessions again this year. It won’t be uStream, probably, but we’ll figure out how we’re going to do again.
Kobus van Wyk says
I truly envy you for having this level of conversation with teachers. In Africa we are still coming to grips with very basic stuff: provisioning of equipment, connectivity and teacher training. We try to leapfrog, but the hops are small!
But what I enjoy about your blog, as well as the other references that you give, is that it helps to keep our vision fresh … one day we will get there with you!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on a public platform so that, even though we are a hemisphere) and a few lighyears) away from you, we could still benefit from you experience.
Maryann Molishus says
Being a native “Philly Gal” (although now living just outside Phila.) I would love to attend this year. (I followed along virtually last year.) I am afraid if I try to fit one more thing into January, my husband will change the locks on the doors!! But I haven’t lost hope. I do like the set-up and your topic for discussion.
This was a good essential question from the Learning 2.008 Conference in Shaghai: “If we didnâ€™t have the schools we have today, would we create the schools we have today?”
Also, if I do make it – I have a freezer full of cookies -I make double at Christmas and have a fabulous display for a mid-January in-service workshop I do. I could save some, they keep for three months 🙂 …