I am happily (ecstatically) home … for about 12 hours. Then off again for some more conferencing. But this one is going to be special. I’ll arrive in Toronto, for the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference 2008, just in time to see Stephen Heppell’s keynote. Microsoft calls Heppell, “Europeâ€™s leading on-line education expert.” I’m not that thoroughly familiar with the ed scene in Europe, but from what I’ve learned, he’d knock our socks off. Plus, people with British accents are just so smart anyway.
His message is on target and explosive, and I can’t wait. But what especially impresses me is the Be Very Afraid project.
Each year a selection of ingenious students – from primary to university age – are invited along to BAFTA in London’s Piccadilly to show and talk about the extraordinary things they are doing with new technologies in their learning.Guests attend by invitation: from the senior policy making echelons of the Whitehall Department of Education & Skills, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; from BAFTA’s own membership of film and theatre arts luminaries; from other influential organisations.
I’ll have the honor of being on stage with Heppell talking about teaching and learning in a time of rapid change and engaging in conversations with the audience. Great fun and the only ones with accents in the entire room 😉
Muir, David. “244/365: Stephen Heppell @ Scottish Larning Festival.” DavidDMuir’s Photostream. 19 Sep 2007. 30 Jan 2008 <http://flickr.com/photos/daviddmuir/1409399593>.