Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thank you Educon...
...modeling what is possible now in education and educational conferences (I know many people have remarked that the community doesn't seem to have made much progress beyond educon 2.0, but I disagree...the modeling that you are doing has an impact).
...live streaming each and every session so edu-nerd-peoples like myself could be a part of the experience.
...announcing that you are going to have the conference again in 2010. I really hope to be there in '10, but if not I know I'll look forward to having the opportunity to participate remotely (and who knows, maybe skype will have hologram-presence technology by then and I'll be able to participate that way!)
...demonstrating that a wonderful learning experience can be planned and implemented with free/low cost software like wikispaces and mogulus.
...giving your students the opportunity to participate in a variety of ways, from camera/tech work to student panel presentations. We were watching, and in our own way we will implement similar opportunities for students in our own communities.
...showing that the school 2.0 movement is about community connections (students, parents, teachers, etc) and NOT technology.
...putting Gary Stager on your Sunday panel. Gary is dead on when he says, "I want every child in our country to enjoy the same educational experiences that President Obama's children are experiencing at Sidwell Friends School."
...Chris Lehman and his awesome learning community team at SLA for making this unbelievable conference a reality for two years in a row.
There are many, many other things to be thankful to the Educon community for but right now I've run out of time and ideas. Feel fee to leave some additional Educon thank yous on your own blog or in the comments if you'd like.