Written February, 2008
I am beginning to see a paradigm shift in ed-tech and in conference format. We need more conversation and communication about what we do, what we believe, and where we’re going. The quality and quantity of my own learning has dramatically increased and deepened as result of relationships built “virtually” in Second Life and on Twitter. In short, we need more “unconferences” like Edublogger-Con and EduCon that will facilitate our learning from and sharing with each other. One of the things I remember as extraordinary about NECC ‘07 was being in a small room with like-minded educators, in a conversation lead by David Warlick. We talked to each other, we shared, we were heard, and we learned. Isn’t that the kind of collaborative thinking that we’d like to see our students do?