I am Back- Educon 2.2

30 01 2010

It has been a while since I have taken the time to write to my blog. Lately, I have been very focused on academic reading and writing as I attempt to power through my dissertation. Ok, so perhaps “power through” is a bit too strong. Anyway, I was surprised to see that my last post was in September. I really miss this form of reflection and writing. I really need to make a point to engage in a short creative, reflective free write each day…or more realistically, every other day. I guess I will need to see if I can make this happen. I am currently on my way to Philadelphia to attend my first ever Educon 2.2. This was a conference I learned about through reading posts on the ISED list and was intrigued by the format and philosophy behind the conference. It has been billed as a thought conference of conversations and not a technology conference. If it lives up to my expectations, it should be a very engaging time of dialogue about ideas big and small. I am looking forward to such an exchange. I think we often get too wrapped up all the tech stuff that discussions about the art of teaching and the mystery of learning fall to the side. I am looking forward to exploring

  • Ways that we can bring creativity back to the classroom.
  • How are schools using the latest in cognitive studies to adjust their schedules, programs and curriculum?
  •  What is really worth knowing and what does it mean “to know” in today’s world? What about tomorrow’s world?
  • How do we effectively move beyond the hard metrics of standardized testing and get to valid artifacts of understanding?

These and other questions are favorites of mine as I consider how I would design a “school for today and tomorrow”. I am looking forward to the conversations and entering into the type of dialogue that renews.

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