Today was a great way to begin the New Year. I began by listening to Darren Kurpatwa and the convenors of the 2008 K-12 Online Conference and by participating in the backchannel on Chatterous. I found the conversations enthralling as we talked about 21st c. learning, teaching and the hurdles that many impassioned educators are facing.
My most favourite moment of the broadcast was listening to Darren speak about how math is about patterns and how important it is to teach students how to recognize patterns. I have heard Darren speak a few times now and have always been impressed by his enthusiasm and his energy but in this moment in the interview I really heard the passion with which he approaches teaching and especially teaching math
Neil Winton has provided an excellent summary of the interview and the chat.
Following Darren’s interview I logged into Elluminate to participate in a discussion facilitated by Will Richardson on 21st C literacies. Wow! Did the discussion fly! At times it seemed disjointed and it felt like we were going in circles as we struggled with defining literacies and differentiating them from skills. I am in the midst of reading the transcript of the chat and look forward to listening again to the discussion when the audio is posted.
I managed to clean my house and make an occasional post to the chats as I prepared for afternoon coffee and a face-to-face chat with my office mates – who are also curriculum consultants. As great as virtual opportunities are there is nothing like being in the company of good friends and professional colleagues.