Morning sessions are over, lunch has broken out all over. So what has been discussed so far?
In the breakout discussions Iâ€™ve been part of the main topic has really been â€œHow should school look AND how are we going to get to do it that way? Much of the crowded discussion has revolved around mostly the usual: Get the word out â€¦ how?: involve media and parents and interested others more to spread the positive message (because there has been too much of the negative). This was discussed at length but time ran out before we really came to grips with some substantive ways to go about inciting media to cover the edtech, web 2.0, project based message. Hopefully we will revisit this after lunch because it seems to be a major part of the disconnect right now in making change.
Then the topic became OK, but what should that topic â€¦ what should the message that we want to promote be? Students becoming literate was popular â€“ literate in language, math, science â€¦ but also literate in the tools they will need to excel and continue their learning. Make the message urgent was discussed.
It seems to me that we have re-clarified the issues â€“ if we donâ€™t take the time to discuss a plan of action all is for naught. It is too easy to get excited and create great talking points with the choir all around â€¦ letâ€™s hope we do the dirty work of deciding what exactly to do while this group is together and focused so later we arenâ€™t saying we need to have a plan â€¦ as great as blogs and web 2.0 is it wonâ€™t do the job as well as a group of people focused on solving an issue face to face when there are fewer everyday distractions. Well back to the grind. : )
Solving issues is messy!