K12 Online Conference Keynote Chat…

For the last few days, I’ve been spending a lot of time reading through the chat that was generated parallel to the K12 Online Conference opening presentation.  I’m inserting my 2¢ worth where I can, and am posting the transcript as a wiki for you to read and insert — continue the conversation.

One thing that just occurred to me is that the chat is an excellent manifestation of new boundaries, where these professional educators, as master learners, are using each other as their boundaries, pushing and pulling at their ideas, impressions, and insights — learning and constructing learning as a result.  Then I get to go in, remove the boundary of time, and insert my own ideas and impressions.  This is so very powerful.

I’ve posted the biggest part of the transcript at this wiki page.  It’s more than one page, and will take a long time to go through.  My comments are in italics, and there’s a little icon of my face to the far right.  You are welcome and encouraged to do the same.  Just look at the code that I used to accomplish the indenting and even the picture.

You know, when we became teachers, we all had every reason to believe that we would be doing this, this way, for the next 30 years.  When I started teaching, the desktop computer hadn’t been invented yet.  I suspect that this impression may still be the case.  As we try to redefine education today, do we really believe that it’s going to stay this way for very long.  Do we even suspect, yet, how much education is going to continue to change in the next thirty years? 

Do you know about the Singularity? 

Think about learning French by taking a pill, or inserting a module behind your left ear. 

What’s happening today, that would have seemed just as outrageous only fifteen years ago?

Wow!  That was deep…


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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.