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This is the logo for the Shanghai TechFest and I love it.  We can dress them up like us — but they are not us.

Yesterday, I taught a workshop on blogging to middle and high school teachers at to Pudong campus of the Shanghai American School.  Jeff Utecht, who has been attending all of my workshops (poor guy), commented that only a very small part of the workshop was actually about blogging.  Most of it was about Web 2.0, the spirit of an information experience that is about sharing, conversation, and infinitely connectable content.  There is magic there.  It’s wonderful.  Blah blah blah blah blah!

We’re starting to talk about School 2.0 — classrooms, schools, and an education system that is characterized more by its conversations than what gets taught and what gets learned — where, how you learn it is more important than what you learn.  It’s wonderful. Blah blah blah blah blah!

It’s all magical!  

It’s all smoke and mirrors!

What I’m waiting for is the conversation about Student 2.0 and Graduate 2.0.  What should the 21st century graduate/citizen know, know how to do, want to do, want to be?  What should be their dream and their path to get there.  

We can’t invent this next great generation in our own image.  It’s cracked and crusty.  We must figure out how to invent them out of our imagination.  Invent or cultivate something new.

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Image Citation:
TechFest 2007 Logo. Perf. David Gran. Digital Image. 2007.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.