|What I Just Learned:
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“Share what you’re really good at, and link to the rest.” This is a quote from David Wiley’s TEDxNYED talk last month, which I am watching on the plane on my way up to Calgary and Edmonton. I’m happy to be able to watch the performances of Dan Meyer, David Wiley, Jeff Jarvis, and Chris Lehmann, because this week will be my first TEDx — and I’ve been dreaming about it like I just to dream about Christmas day. I hope I don’t screw it up.
My TEDx will be three (maybe four) stories, experiences I have had in my 34 hears as an educator, that have taught me something, shaped my thinking, and given me new language for expressing what I know and what I believe. I could just tell you what I know and what I believe. But I am among the privileged inhabitants of the moisture-thick and shaded air of the southern United states, and we tell stories. You can access material related to my talk in the panel to the right.
While at the conference, I will also deliver a closing address — which may well be entitled, “This is not what I was going to talk about yesterday.” I may talk about literacy in a networked, digital, and information-abundant world. I may talk about the three incontestable reasons why teaching and learning for us will not serve the needs of today’s children or our future. I may event dig in and crack the ‘native’ information experience. The bottom line will be that as we continue to retool education for the twenty-first century, we must resist at all costs our inclinations to turn the hammers and nails of our building into the destination of our travel.
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