I’m trying to focus on getting ready for tomorrow’s address for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools convocation. But taking a quick glance at my e-mail, I just had to pass this one along — a video produced by my friend Carrot Revolution author, David Gran, an art teacher at the Shanghai American School. It’s entertaining and always eye-opening to see what a Photoshop master can accomplish, such as making David Jakes look good on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
Yes we try and make the Learning 2.008 Educational Technology conference a little different each year. We don’t just talk about changing the ways we teach and learn, we try and model it as well.
I have to confess a bit of unease at this eagerness to stir things up, especially when conference organizer and Thinking Stick author, Jeff Utecht continues, “We don’t always succeed but it’s about taking risks and pushing ourselves as educators.” It is about pushing ourselves, and it’s what disruption is about — a willingness to re-think, re-act, and re-learn.
Being an international conference presents challenges. Being in Shanghai presents challenges. For instance, it becomes more difficult for schools to release teachers for extended on-site time, when they’re traveling up to 12,000 miles. To address this, Shambles man, Chris Smith is building a site on International School Island in Second Life. Scheduled appearances there include:
- 31 August — Alan Levine and David Warlick
- 7 September — Ewan McIntosh
- 14 September — Organizers of the conference (a forum)
Each event will take place at 06:00 SL time (09:00 East Coast, 06:00 Pacific, 14:00 UK, 20:00 Bangkok, and 21:00 Hong Kong).