Teachers should create. Coversations can lead to tremendous bursts of creation and excitement. Capturing creation through writing and returning to it later is how innovative ideas are refined.
Each day leading up to EduCon, Zac Chase and I will write about some of our thinking surrounding selected EduCon sessions. We’ll also share some questions to prompt your own thinking and inquiry around the ideas we see that might arise in the session. There are plenty of fine sessions at the conference. We’ll pick a few of them. You choose some others.
#EduConText is about moving into EduCon conversations with the same critical lenses we help our students refine each day. Because a rah rah chorus of excitement and enthusiasm isn’t really going to do much to make our schools better places.
And, of course, the Internet is a free place. For now. So you should feel free to write along with us. Prompt us. Share your thinking. Preflect on the conversations you’re planning on joining. Dig in.
During EduCon, we’ll be supplying some writing prompts to help attendees, both virtual and face to face, archive their written thinking around the conversations in which they take part. Because your learning is worth remembering.
After EduCon, we’ll encourage folks to set writing goals for themselves that will allow them to reflect on how they incorporate new ideas into their practice and around documenting what they want to be sure to keep.
How can you participate?
Simply add the tag “#EduConText”1 to your blog, wiki, and twitter posts (or any other kind of post). From there, we’ll archive the tag and see what we build. Mostly, we hope that #EduConText is a gentle reminder to write and write often about what you’re seeing, hearing and thinking.
Worth doing, right?
Let’s get to it.
- Or “educontext.” Either way. [↩]