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Windows of Change: How Connected Educators Are Driving Real Reform

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Keynote presentation at the 2013 e-learning conference in Lafayette, Indiana. Sharing stories and thoughts on how connected educators are using social media and creating the narrative that is driving real education reform.

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Windows of Change: How Connected Educators Are Driving Real Reform

  1. 1. How Connected Educators areDriving REAL ReformChris Wejr www.chriswejr.com @chriswejrWindows of Change
  2. 2. About me
  3. 3. So you’re from Canada, eh?
  4. 4. Why Change?
  5. 5. cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Prem Anandh: http://flickr.com/photos/anandham/4499539060/“In a world of change,the learners shall inheritthe earth…while the learned shallfind themselves perfectlysuited for a world that nolonger exists.”-- EricHoffer
  6. 6. “Nothing is sopainful to thehuman mind asa great andsudden change.”Mary ShelleyFrankenstein
  7. 7. “Nostalgia is a dangerous form of comparison. Thinkabout how often we compare ourselves and our livesto a memory that nostalgia has so completely editedthat it never really existed. “cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by José Manuel Ríos Valiente:http://flickr.com/photos/josemanuelerre/5388259526/
  8. 8. How social mediais changing education.
  9. 9. LESS about technology.LESS about social media.MORE aboutrelationships, support andsharing stories of teachingand learning.
  10. 10. “Connection is whywe are here.We are hardwired toconnect with others-- Brene Browncc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by Andrew:http://flickr.com/photos/30235101@N06/3344044448/
  11. 11. http://imgur.com/2889fwWSeeking thehelp of others
  12. 12. http://i.imgur.com/RGBEAiX.jpg
  13. 13. What is aConnectedEducator?cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Dimitris Papazimouris:http://flickr.com/photos/papazimouris/2406626022/
  14. 14. Chance favours a connected mind Steven Johnsonhttp://youtu.be/NugRZGDbPFU
  15. 15. REAL Education Reform
  16. 16. cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Martin Gommel:http://flickr.com/photos/kwerfeldein/2234720298/Instead of holding an idea in a closed fist…hold it out in your open hand.Nilofer Merchant
  17. 17. What is ordinary to you…Might be extraordinaryto someone elsecc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by akshay moon: http://flickr.com/photos/akshaymoon/4732030995/
  18. 18. “We have always overestimated the valueof access to information andunderestimated the valueof access to each other.”Clay Shirkyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/42931449@N07/6088751332/
  19. 19. Professional LEARNINGis not an eventIt happensAny Time…Any Place…Image: http://flic.kr/p/9u9Wha
  20. 20. John Seely BrownLearning from Surfershttp://youtu.be/41pNX9-yNu4
  21. 21. Providing windows into ourlearning environmentscc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by hitzi1000:http://flickr.com/photos/hitzi/4172238991/
  22. 22. What are the stories being toldabout education?Whois tellingthem?cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Alejandro Giacometti:http://flickr.com/photos/janrito/2737454032/
  23. 23. Sharing stories…changing culture
  24. 24. Innovative Changes fromConnecting the Strengths Within
  25. 25. What role doestechnology play?cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Matthew Clark:http://flickr.com/photos/digital_rebel_xt/72224228 /
  26. 26. Reach out.Form relationships.Let people in.Learn.
  27. 27. Stories of TeachersBeing the Change
  28. 28. Bill Ferriter @plugusinStudents Doing Meaningful Work
  29. 29. @gallit_z @hughtheteacher#GeniusHour
  30. 30. @davidweesReal World Math,TechnologyJohn Spencer@edrethinkCritical ReflectionsOf Education
  31. 31. @joe_bowerGrading & Motivation@pernillerippStudent Blogging,Global Read Aloud
  32. 32. Inquiry@chrislehmannChris Lehmann@neilstephensonNeil Stephenson
  33. 33. @thenerdyteacherThe world asthe audience@mr_brett_clarkDreams ofEducation
  34. 34. #kinderchat
  35. 35. Awards in Schoolssharing the story of Kent School
  36. 36. “One of the best parts ofbeing around near thebeginning of this social-media revolution is that, overthe past 11 years, I’vewatched hundreds ofthousands of educators beginto unlearn and relearn theirpractice in some prettyamazing ways.”Will Richardsoncc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Ryan Szepan:http://flickr.com/photos/shutterstops/3680989277/
  37. 37. Reflect.Start changewith onething…Now.cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Rita M.: http://flickr.com/photos/fotorita/2031523502/
  38. 38. Try something new. Take a risk. Do it.http://youtu.be/ZV_DKgb264E
  39. 39. Seek the positives.Create windows.Share.cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Heather:http://flickr.com/photos/michar/2530447234/
  40. 40. When Ideas Meet and MateMatt RidleyFrom: http://youtu.be/OLHh9E5ilZ4
  41. 41. Thank you!
  42. 42. Connect With Mewww.chriswejr.comAbout.me/ChrisWejr@chriswejrchriswejr@gmail.comFacebook.com/chriswejr
  43. 43. Acknowledgments:George Couros @gcourosAlec Couros @courosaBill Ferriter @plugusinCale Birk @birklearnsAnd so many more in my PLN!

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