Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ride the Wave

Lafayette's Tecumseh Junior High School welcomed Superintendent Ritz to a media center packed with more than 400 educators in attendance for their Ride the Wave of eLearning conference. She began by sharing a personal update on the things she's been working on, such as building a system of outreach, planning the future of assessments, and redoing the A-F accountability system. The superintendent drew strong applause for this work and for her statements about equity, stressing the importance of getting to a place where all students have wi-fi access and devices for learning.

For their keynote, Tecumseh sought a true practitioner and found him through social media. Chris Wejr is school principal at Kent Elementary School in Agassiz, BC where he also maintains a website called The Wejr Board. His vision for the evolution of education centers around collaboration, rather than competition. Chris shared part of this great piece from John Seely Brown as a picture of this collaborative learning (and it fit right in with the Wave theme!) His presentation was full of examples where social media has connected learners to powerful result.

One of the popular sessions was John Wolf's tour of the Learning Connection. John is the Literacy Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education, where he has supported teachers for more than ten years. His communities in the Learning Connection provide resources and support to more than 16,000 teachers. In his session John helped participants connect with standards and resources in groups like Curriculum and Instruction, saving those resources into their own libraries.

Another packed session was Brett Clark's Hang 10 tools, which he kicked off with some radical surfer beats via Incredibox. Brett then crashed through waves of great free tools for the connected classroom, including:
A great model for keeping professional development engaging, Brett had participants vote for their favorite tools and planned to explore those in-depth during a later session.

There were so many great sessions in this two-day conference, as evidenced by the lively Twitter conversations at #elwave and #INeLearn. Check in to take advantage of the resources being shared there, and we'll see you at our next stop on the Summer of eLearning!

1 comment:

  1. I also loved this perfect quote from their website: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn