This morning I woke up at the San Jose Airport Courtyard hotel. Not quie as poetic as yesterday. It was an exciting and exhausting day. The keynote, an adapted presentation on themillennial generation — their economic context, how and where they play, and their information landscape — was very well received. the audience was much more diverse than usual, with tech people, a lot of classroom teachers, and quite a few preservice students — about whom I was talking.
What was especially interesting about this conference was its efforts to engage the conversation beyond the usual suspects, tech savvies who are merely looking for validation.
There is a chance that money may be on the way. A new government is emerging that may be more willing to act on the behalf of children and their future (and our future). Yet, I suspect that their vision for what 21st century shools should look like will be no more daring than those of the last government.
Perhaps now is a time when we need to start shaping a different and compelling “new story” about teaching and learning and teling that story.
Unfortunately, my thumbs are starting to spasm, and they are getting ready to board the plane. More later.