A few months back, I got an email from the organizers of Tech Forum Northeast asking me if I wanted to participate in a panel discussion at their upcoming conference. The panel, they said, would include Ryan Bretag, David Jakes, and David Warlick. I emailed back a quick “are you sure this is the right email you wanted to send that too?” message, and found out it was me indeed they wanted on that panel.
Whoa. What a great opportunity for some serious thinking and dialogue. And again, whoa. Who am I? So before they could reconsider, I accepted. Our panel called Beyond the Web 2.0 Hype: Focusing on What Really Matters, went on at 9:30 and I wanted to thank Lisa Thumann for recording it.
I wanted to thank Judy Salpeter for inviting me and making the arrangements, and to the other panelists, David, David, and Ryan, for pushing my thinking. It was a blast, and I was thankful that David gave us some of the questions beforehand. The audience asked some great questions and made some salient points, but I think it was Ryan’s point about asking us what we really define an educated person as that will drive my thinking for a while.
What do we expect our students to be when they leave us? What is our goal as educators? I heard Zac Chase in my afternoon session on School Leadership state it in a way that I immediately gravitate towards: ethical, responsible, citizens. The elements that define those three descriptors still need to be determined, but I think it’s an excellent place to start building backwards from.
The video is below.
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