Monday, October 13, 2008

K12 online is gearing up

It is an exciting time when the Preconference Keynote is delivered for K12online. This year the conference brought a new storyteller in.

“It Simply Isn’t the 20th Century Any More Is It?: So Why Would We Teach as Though It Was?”

Professor Stephen Heppell St Katherine Docks, Tower of London, England.

I haven't fully digested the Keynote but I did enjoy what Prof. Heppnell was saying. It is a great 45 minute story talking about the history of technology and education. Prof. Heppnell links the current economic crisis and the indicators that lead up to the "death of education and the dawn of learning." This quote is about the end of factory schools and the beginning of schools that promote learning in ways that are relevant to learners today.

The conference this year has many new features. One of the is "A cup of Joe". A place to leave behind comments in a voicethread to 3 questions created by the presenter. This is the voicethread for Prof. Hempell's preconference Keynote.

I hope to add comments to this voicethread soon.

If this preconference keynote is any indication of the things that are to come at K12 online this year. It is going to be a GREAT conference. Thanks to the organizing committee, the volunteers and Prof. Heppnell for getting us off to such a great start. Now it is time for some more reflection

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