Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Power to the Unconference

I have to say that I haven't had much time to reflect during the conference, but I notice as I sit in the blogger cafe the number of folks who have been leaving sessions formal approved session, and coming to the bloggers cafe' to exchange information, share ideas.  I left a byol session where once I took a minute to experiment with the tool, was left 5 steps behind the speaker frustrated and discouraged. The real learning at this conference isn't going on behind closed doors, seated in rows, with the speaker in the front shuffling their powerpoints--showing and telling. It is in places where people can get together in small groups share, converse, and experiment. 

As I listened to the debate this morning I think we do need places for teachers and kids to go..to discuss..to learn...to research...to share, but it must be side by side not one to many.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:41 PM

    I totally agree with you that we need a place for teachers and students to go to communicate about their learning.

    It always amazes me that some presenters are still in the old school mode of presenting. Sit and get no longer works. We are desperately trying to get away from that with our students and we must get away from that for our teachers. Students learn by doing AND SO DO TEACHERS!

    Thank you for your post!