After our talk yesterday at the NSBA Leadership Conference, Nancy Willard and I signed books, an activity that still boggles me. BTW, Nancy has two wonderful books, Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, and Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats.
After the signing we remained at the desk and talked into my iPod, which will probably be Episode 79, of Connect Learning. While we were talking, two men came up, the executive director and the president of the Missouri school board affiliate. The exec had seen our talk, but the president missed it and he had some questions. After talking for a bit, he asked, “In a nut shell, what was your message?”
Well, this is hard, but it’s what I do. Factor ideas down to three (four if you absolutely have to) bullets, forming a structure you can hang everything off of. The are:
- The nature of information has changed and so too must our definition of literacy change.
- The market place has changed and so too must how and what we teach our children.
- Our children have changed and we need to pay attention, respect them, and capitalize on the learning skills they are walking into our classrooms with.
He said, “Fair enough!” I wonder if there’s a gig in it for me?