I had the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker Will Richardson at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference today. Having read his book, I was anxious to meet him in person and learn from his experiences. As I listened I found myself jotting down some quotes that spoke to me. I thought I would share those.
First is my title, 20/20 vision, did you realize that our current kindergartners will be the class of 2020? What is our vision for them, what should their education look like?
"Own it for yourself before you can give it away." How true, when we get teachers to experience technology themselves, like creating their own eportfolio, podcast, or participating in a wiki or blog, they will understand the value and will be more inclined to use these technologies with their students.
"Give everything a purpose beyond the classroom, it has to have wings." Do you need to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa, or do you need to know how to find them? Which will give you wings outside of the classroom?
"Real work for real audiences in the real world." So much more meaningful for our students!
"Interaction is where we learn, blogs become classrooms."
"When we break away from cubicles, everyone gets smarter."
"24/7/365" That's when we learn, not 6th period on a Monday!
"Everything is shifting, but education, the kids aren't waiting for us!"
Let's catch up!