“We’re at the very beginning of a huge shift.”

David Warlick led a session during EduBloggerCon 2007 that was extremely enlightening and by now, landmark. As a result of the enthusiasm felt in that session and subsequent relationships that were formed following that initial introduction, I have been reflecting further on the read/write web and its implications for the future of education.

To begin Mr. Warlick’s session he asked a simple question: “What is working?” Answers varied from brief one-word answers to elaborate descriptions of effective practice. I took fairly comprehensive notes during the session that I have yet to publish. As the content was very thought-provoking, I felt that it would be helpful for all to benefit from the discussion we had. My notes follow.

What is working:

  • Wikis – An example of this is the EduBloggerCon wiki. This entire event was planned thereon.
  • Online collaboration – School systems are getting together and sharing resources. –Diane Hammond
  • Because of new Web 2.0 tools, students and teachers are progressing toward a new learning environment –David Jakes
  • Students can show competence.
  • Digital cameras, interactive whiteboards – Teachers are starting to engage.
  • “The digital camera is the gateway drug [of educational technology].” –Mark Wagner
  • “What should the classroom of today look like?” –Steve Dembo
  • The classroom of today is a tandem classroom, paired with another classroom of another culture. –Hence the need for increased community (like EduBloggerWorld).
  • “It’s all about connections.” –Vicki Davis
  • “Start where you’re comfortable.” –Vicki Davis
  • “I have some students that - what goes on in schools stays in schools.”
  • “Now that we have all of this data on our students, what is there in the long tail for education?” –Doug Johnson
  • “The school of the future doesn’t concentrate on tools – because the tools are constantly changing. The school of the future concentrates on the learning.” –Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
  • “Kids need to know how to choose which tool – because there are so many…” –Scott Merrick
  • “Smart classrooms have to be more than just the hardware – it’s a philosophical change about what happens with the tools in the classroom.” –Jeff Utecht
  • “We’re at the very beginning of a huge shift.”
  • “The smart classroom is the classroom that becomes a conduit for connections.
  • “In the smart classroom, the technology’s not integrated, it’s integral.” –David Jakes
  • “Social networking is going to be an integral part of the school of the future.” –David Warlick
  • Should it be called “Student Networking” instead of “Social Networking”? –Vicki Davis
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