Thursday, April 22, 2010

The #140Conf In New York City Day 2

You know, Day 1 was really amazing. I went to sleep that night thinking how could Day 2 top what I had witnessed at the famed 92nd Street Y? In all honesty, Day 2 was a continuation of the awesomeness that is the real-time web and showed how social media (mainly Twitter) reaches every aspect of our lives. From what we already know like social searches on Google and Bing to using social media to memorialize people who have passed away to how the United Nations is using social media to eradicate Malaria. Social Media is powerful. But it is only made powerful by the people who use it. Twitter, Facebook, Friendster, Diigo, Ning, none would be what they are today without the voices of the masses using them to propel their message. We are truly apart of something special. These are special times and we as educators have to embrace this movement.

But I digress...

There were 2 awesome education focused talks yesterday. The first was George Haines, a technology educator on Long Island. In another class his students are reading Animal Farm. When they come to George's class they hop on Twitter and act out the parts. But they also have discussions about the deeper meanings of the book. They took the stage to do a short performance of the book and to talk to the crowd about why they want to use social media and moreover, technology in their classes.

You can view their video here.

Right afterwards was our panel with myself, Tom Whitby, Eric Sheninger and Kyle Pace. We had the opportunity to talk a little bit about our different perspectives in education and how we see the effects of the real-time web taking a hold in our classrooms and schools. I was very honored to be a part of it and hope you enjoy the discussion.



Once again Jeff and the whole #140conf team out did themselves. Thanks to them, the other education panels and everyone who came out and listened to all the characters. And I want to give a special shoutout to the people and city of New York. for my first visit there I could not have asked for more. I hope to return real soon!

5 comments:

  1. You guys were great! We need educators like you to take the stage and exclaim some of the great things that are going on in education. Reaching out to the general public and to others teachers are very important steps too! Reform is in the air...as well as excitement to try all these great things we learn everyday on Twitter. It IS the best PD out there!

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  2. Excellent conference, you guys killed it! We are in exciting times, there has never been a more connected society. If two heads are better than one, how much better are thousands of heads coming together, passionate about education? Let's do this.

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  3. Allow me to echo the sentiment. I think we all left with a tremendous sense of optimism and inspiration about what the real-time web implies for the overdue changes in the philosophy and realization of education.

    More power to you!

    Best wishes,
    Arnie
    @ippiodoc

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  4. As a classroom teacher I am already using a lot of tools in my classroom, but this has motivated me to send this school year out with a bang! I am hoping to do some new projects in the last few weeks of school. Thanks for this great conference!

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