ISTE 2010

“Any person, wholly or partially immersed in educational technology, is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the passion displaced by their own actions”. (You can Tweet that).

I would like to thank the thousands of volunteers at ISTE, without whom – none of the people on stage pushing their warez could do so (far too many seemed un-empathic to that at times).

These are in fact the people who can actually change classrooms below the social media waterline. Notice them.

Godin is wrong – it’s not all about ‘me’ today than it ever was before. Enjoy your friends and treasure your kids. God knows, its more important than where you are the mayor … and to 12 year old Madison – thanks so much for taking over and enchanting the teachers in the Games and MMO session – it was fantastic to see a full room on what is a highly debated topic.

See … you can learn a lot without power pointing someone to death or killing trees.

Special thanks to SIG-V legions and everyone I met for the first, and hopefully not the last, time. When my kids get home I’m sending them to Elizabeth, Pat and Amy at MICDS, I’ll miss em – but it’s probably the responsible thing to do.

And to all those ‘leaders’ who are ‘working towards’ and still watching from the grandstand – get on with it – Its not about what you think … retire or co-operate please. The current and future leaders in education look nothing like the past.

Deal with it, but more importantly – invest in it. Laptops have guaranteed obsolescence, students don’t.

So if you’re a leader, spend money on teachers at the point of collision with a lavishness that makes your head spin, the grandstands are full … time to make choices.

Thanks ISTE 2010.

Me @ ISTE 2010

Less than a week to go, and I’m off to ISTE in Denver. I don’t make many conferences, but ISTE has so much imagination and diversity that it’s a real power-up for the next 12 months. This year, I’m running two formal sessions and perhaps some informal ones.

Designing Scenario Based Learning with Web2.0 (Saturday, 6/26/2010,  12:30pm–3:30pm CCC 107/109 ) and Games, MMOS, and Virtual Worlds: Where Do They Fit in the Curricula? Tuesday, 6/29/2010,  4:45pm–6:15pm CCC 20.

Scenario Based Learning is a 3 hour trip in which teachers will develop an online game based, from which I hope they (and others) will add and use in the classroom. It will be a very busy workshop, in which teachers will create the solution collaboratively – so don’t expect me to be Power Pointing messages of hope and verbose one liners to tweet. Games and MMOs is a facilitated discussion – where I’ll be showing some of Animal Farm 3D that I’ve been working on with Jo Kay on the JGrid – as a talking point of how to embed story, questing and gaming in a standards focused curricula.

Aside from that, please look me up in the Bloggers Cafe, where I’m going to be showing and talking about developing iPhone, iPad and Android apps in the classroom, and perhaps running some small group sessions at the Unconference in the morning.

I am really looking forward to catching up with all those who’s inspired me again this year – and especially those in Cognitive Dissonance and ISTE’s Second Lifers – not to mention those on the ACCE study tour again.

In the week prior I’m in St. Louis working with teachers about creating Project Based Learning classrooms, and have to thanks Elizabeth at MICDS for making all and any of this possible – via their impressive Summer Professional Development Institute. Especially spending time with Andrew Churches and Jenny Luca in St. Louis and of course wandering the halls in Denver with Judy O’Connell. Thanks to Jeff Agamenoni for agreeing to help out in my SBL workshop.

Please come and say Hai, I’ll be the one lurking in the corner of the Bloggers Cafe not really looking at people who are kind of scary in crowds.