With EduCon 2.0 taking place this weekend in Philadelphia and poor me not able to go, I thought I would share an idea that perhaps the attendees could rattle around.
The host of EduCon, Chris Lehmann, explained what its about this way:
We â€œedubloggersâ€ complain about and bemoan how slow change is, how difficult it is to get the word out or show best practice examples of what could be, so that others might understand and come aboard. Well, hereâ€™s a thought.
We all revel in this great Web 2.0 connectivity and communication, and lately, how powerful the network is. Many of the same people involved in pulling off the K12 Online Conference, which was a perfect example of using all these great communication tools to educate others without having to be in the same locale, are involved one way or the other with EduCon.
Why not use all these great communicators andÂ communication tools (You know … “The Network” … our network) â€“ Ustream, Skype. Elluminate, YouTube, TeacherTube, blogs, wikis, â€¦ to put on an online event. Maybe a one day coordinated (or maybe only sort-of coordinated) event where we showcase all these tools and teaching methods with best practice examples from around the world. Who would the audience be? The media, general public â€¦ anyone we can induce to â€œPay Attentionâ€.
What better way to explain / demonstrate why all these tools could make a difference in education than by using them to educate those that could make a difference? We could have Ustreamed lessons – or even short pre-recorded clips of lessons and student and teacher reactions that others would be invited to watch live. We could record all the dayâ€™s events and send DVDâ€™s after the fact to media outlets that didnâ€™t bother to watch. We are good at this kind of stuff â€¦ we could do this … if the network wanted it to. Just a thought.
Learning is messy
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