A(nother) Learning 2.010 Reflection

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Shanghai at the Learning 2.010 conference. It was a fantastic experience for a variety of reasons:

1. I got to meet up with a lot of my twitter friends: @klbeasley, @intrepidteacher, @dearlibrariann, @mscofino, @kurisuteen, @courosa@dkuropatwa, @megangraff, @betchaboy, @brianlockwood to name a few. I’m certainly not the first to say it, but those connections are worth more than a thousand keynote speeches.

2. One of my colleagues, @lissgriffin, jumped on the Twitter train with both feet and now is a Twitter force-to-be-reckoned-with! Beyond that, it was so rewarding to watch her realize that, as much as she may try to tell you otherwise, she’s on top of this ‘teaching with technology’ thing. Some of the ideas she’s coming up with are mind boggling. One day soon I’ll get her to either a) start her own blog about what she’s doing in her classroom or b) guest post here.

3. My cohort was pretty amazing. Led by Kim Cofino and Darren Kuropatwa, we explored the Future of Learning. The idea was to work in small groups to explore this topic in more detail after a few introductory discussions and activities. In just over 90 minutes my group cobbled together a presentation we called ‘Bridging the Gap’. The focus was on what we felt the future of learning is and what can we do now to put us in a position to be ready for that future. It was a good experience to be thrust into the role of the students, if only for 2 days. Working under a deadline in classroom conditions to create a product that you must then present to your peers: something many teachers take for granted that students can do. It’s hard work and we need to make sure we give them the time they need to create products they can be proud of.

We also had to contribute a slide to the Great Quotes about Learning and Change Flickr group. Here’s my submission.

I’ll have more to say about what I learned in my cohort in a later post.

4. Facilitating unconference sessions was very rewarding. I volunteered to facilitate a session on Tech Integration in a 1:1 School. I didn’t suggest the topic, but I figured it is my job and I do work at a 1:1 school so I was pretty well qualified to at least lead the discussion! Keri-Lee and I also ran a Twitter for Teachers unconference session, mostly because of conversations that we had with other teachers the previous night about the “banality of Twitter.” Needless to say, we disagreed. Twitter is only as useful as you make it, that’s true. Some teachers just need a little help in seeing how to make it useful and I hope we did that. (As an aside, is there another community of professionals that is using Twitter as actively as teachers?)

I was at the Learning 2.008 conference as well. I will be pushing hard to make sure I can be involved with the next iteration too!

6 thoughts on “A(nother) Learning 2.010 Reflection

  • September 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Well said Clint. I think the connections and conversations were much more powerful than keynotes as well. It was during the down time talking about ed, society, and other things that really got me thinking.

    See I do read your blog. Pleasure to meet you and I look forward to a long lasting friendship both online and in “real life.

  • October 17, 2010 at 1:56 am

    G’day Clint,
    Nice post and I agree with all you say. Learning 2.010 was a fabulous event that I’m certain will be an agent of change in many of us for years to come. It’s interesting that there are occasional events that can cause deep, long lasting ripples of change over time, and I suspect L2.010 will be one of them as many people went away having their paradigm of learning changed.

    It was great to meet you there, and to also visit you at UNIS the next week. I really appreciated the chance to see your school and learn a little more about the international school experience in Asia.

    Regarding your comment about whether there are other communities of professionals using Twitter as much as teachers, I’d have to agree with your suggestion that there isn’t. The only possible contenders for that title might be the tech industry broadly, and perhaps the marketing/communications industry. However, in my observation, the marcomm industry is full of people trying to get their head around Twitter in order to be able to add the term “Social Media Expert” to their resumés rather than wanting to truly build community with their peers. And the tech industry? Well, they’d do it anyway. 🙂

    I think you’re right in suggesting that educators are the most focused, targeted and authentic users of Twitter.

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