Zen of Teaching 2.0

Presenting for the second time at an NMC conference, Antonio Vantaggiato led the group through deciphering and debunking the myths that impede change in education, integrating a wiki into the workshop. The discussion was thoughtful and energizing!

Questions that came up:

1. In the 21st century, what do teachers bring to the table? The majority of participants agreed that as access to knowledge becomes ubiquitous, the role of the teacher must change. No longer the “gatekeepers of knowledge”, teachers must adapt to meet the needs of the 21st century and become “the champions of education” and facilitators of productive inquiry.

2. How can we take the emphasis off of content delivery and make students more responsible for their own learning? Now that students are technologically equipped to pursue their own inquiries informally, schools should empower young people to learn for themselves. A K-12 educator tells her students – “I cannot teach you everything you need to know.”

3. Are hardbound books still relevant? It will be a slow evolution toward the exclusive adoption of digital texts, as people still have strong attachments to the concrete, sensational experience of ink on paper.

And there’s more where that came from. Keep on keepin’ on conference-goers! *Victoria Estrada

Carol Stensrud of New Media Arts of VSA Texas talks about how to better engage learners with disabilities thru media at the #nmc13 Emerging Leaders Forum. #edtech #education #specialed (at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa)

Sarah Schauss and Matthew Worwood of EDUCATION CONNECTION’s Center for 21st Century Skills walk us through their creative challenge project at the #nmc13 Emerging Leaders Forum. #edtech #education (at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa)

Michael Furdyk of @TakingITGlobal asks: what would you do if anything was possible? Emerging Leaders Forum #nmc13 #edtech #education (at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa)

Jose Ignacio Fernandez Cafre explores the paradox of learning at the #nmc13 Emerging Leaders Forum at #nmc13 #edtech #education (at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa)

Todd Bryant of Dickinson College is first on stage to present his big #edtech idea at the #nmc13 Emerging Leaders Forum (at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa)

K-12 Ambassadors Forum

Responding to a call for proposals, five NMC K-12 Ambassadors were selected to explain their solution to education’s wicked problems in front of an attentive audience. After the presentations, attendees voted for their top choice while the results were captured in real time on the big screens at the front of the ballroom – an NMC first.

The clear winner of the Don Henderson prize, a recognition bestowed to innovative leaders in education, was Cheryl Steighner, who teaches 2nd and 3rd graders in Federal Way, Washington. Congrats, Cheryl!

4. How can we reinvent teaching and learning? In her prize winning proposal and presentation, NMC K-12 Ambassador Cheryl Steighner focused on a misconception that has limited the potential of learners – “failure.” Rather than failure, Steighner believes that every setback in the learning process should be considered an “attempt to learn.” In this way, students can anticipate that they will make mistakes and feel encouraged to iterate and to create their own standard of excellence. She also suggested a creating a space for educators that is a mix of the NMC Commons, FAIL Blog, Post Secret, where teachers can get exchange experiences and ideas that will lead them to the most effective pedagogies.

5. What does the “Hail Mary” have to do with educational technology? Mobile edtech champ and Aussie K-12 Ambassador Jonathan Nalder showed he knew his audience when he referenced an infamous football play – the “Hail Mary” – into his presentation. Largely considered a miracle play, Nalder proposes that all educators and administrators should shoot high and wide as opposed to limiting expectations and options based on traditional practices or plays.

Still going! – Victoria Estrada