Technology for Important Things: TLt Keynote 2008


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A keynote presentation to TLt 2008, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 15, 2008 -- Ustream recording of most of the session available at

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  • I’m your after dinner mint. What matters… what are some really big things we either take for granted, forget, overlook, or maybe even neglect? Things about making what we do matter. What do we know? What should we know? How should we act? I don’t know, but here’s a list of things I’ve thought about. Light but profound, like a baby’s smile. Mixture of Elmer Gantry and Elmer Fudd. First principles of being an educational technologist. Tall order. I won’t be comprehensive of course, and in fact, I intend to be very very selective. Just a few things My things, not evidence based, not consistent, not defensible.
  • Technology for Important Things: TLt Keynote 2008

    1. 1. Your First Life: Technology and Other Important Things <ul><li>Richard A. Schwier </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Communications and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>University of Saskatchewan </li></ul>Keynote address TLt 2008 May 15, 2008
    2. 2. F R E D
    3. 3. Eudaimonia Photocredit: Gerard Girbes Berges (2008)
    4. 4. About who we are as educators
    5. 5. Tell vivid stories
    6. 6.
    7. 7. Having someone listen is just as important as having something to say Photo: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid .
    8. 8. Reconsider learning outcomes and who owns them
    9. 9. <ul><li>How to predict consequences </li></ul><ul><li>How to read </li></ul><ul><li>How to distinguish truth from fiction </li></ul><ul><li>How to empathize </li></ul><ul><li>How to be creative </li></ul><ul><li>How to communicate clearly </li></ul><ul><li>How to learn </li></ul><ul><li>How to stay healthy </li></ul><ul><li>How to value yourself </li></ul><ul><li>How to live meaningfully </li></ul>-Stephen Downes
    10. 10. Being a big stupid failure is important
    11. 11. Visioning isn’t new-age crap It actually works
    12. 12. Competition isn't always bad, but it lurks in the strangest places
    13. 13. About who we are as people
    14. 14. Play is more important than work
    15. 15. Be selfish and narcissistic
    16. 16. If something keeps depressing you when you look at it and you can't do anything about it, turn your gaze
    17. 17. Text /
    18. 18. About who we are as Educational Technologists
    19. 19. O BANG
    20. 20. We aren't green, but we can be greenish Photo credit: ocean . flynn We aren’t green, but we can be greenish
    21. 21. /
    22. 22. Intentionally break your own patterns of thinking /
    23. 23. Slow down It’s not a race
    24. 24. From Dag to Denise to me to you To preserve the silence within amid all the noise. To remain open and quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness where the rain falls and the grain ripens no matter how many tramp across the parade ground in whirling dust under an arid sky. Dag Hammerskjöld
    25. 25. Find constancy in a sea of change
    26. 26. <ul><li>We are part of a movement, not part of a search party </li></ul>