Day 1 of this sold out conference opened in the Civic Hall Performing Arts Center with Rob Tidrow, Technology Coordinator, welcoming attendees and setting the schedule for the 2 days. Rob challenged the audience to be leaders in the changes needed to move teaching and learning to a digital, student centered environment. Rob introduced the day's keynote speaker, Will Richardson.
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Will kicked off the discussion with the question: What is confusing you about education today? After some discussion with the audience, Will shared his 4 starting points/beliefs on what is confusing about education today. 1) This is the most disruptive moment in education ever - not exactly what most people signed up for when they entered the profession. 2) This is the most amazing time to be a learner-ever- We have the sum of human knowledge in our pockets. 3) Schools need to be different, not better. 4) Computers should be used to "amplify human potential." These beliefs led into the next hour's look at how we prepare our students for a world that looks nothing like the world in which we live today. Will shared examples of students who are learning on their own and truly making a difference. Check out these projects: We Stop Hate, Conserve It Forward, and Super Simple Sylvia's Maker Show .
Day 2 will offer sessions for Online Content Curation, Flipping Tools and Techniques, Global Collaboration, and Pedagogical Challenges to name a few! WE ARE RICHMOND - a great place to learn!