These things are like lightning bugs on summer evenings. You wonder at them initially, but soon they are just background noise. But Jeff Whipple, who is facilitating a conference in a couple of weeks for teachers who will soon be working in 1:1 classrooms in New Brunswick, shared this one with me and others who will be contributing to the conference virtually.
First of all, it is fresh, and not just a remake of Karl Fisch’s landmark Did You Know (now at over five million views). It was also produced by the New Brunswick Department of Education, and it is polished, professional, and not overdone. Their stated purpose is to,
..stimulate discussion among educators and other stakeholders in public education in the province of New Brunswick. The 21st Century presents unique challenges for education worldwide. In order to keep pace with global change we must focus on 21st Century Skills and public education must adapt to keep students engaged. Rigor and relevance are key.
You can get a pdf of their plan here.
The only fault I have with the video is its length, five and a half minutes. Like many of these things, we tend to go too long with them. I don’t know how long they should be, but there is a point in many of these promotional videos that I watch, where I think, it should stop here.
But that’s the only constructive criticism I have. I am thrilled at what New Brunswick is doing, and having worked with and come to know many of the people involved, I feel a bit of comradely pride as well. Great luck to Nouveau Brunswick.
Être…ici on le peut!