Looking forward to our check-in in January.
Good champagne for you, too! (Actually, I just developed a real liking for Cognac, so I may let that be the evening's exclusive indulgence!) Cheers!
I am either self-employed, or unemployed. It depends on when you ask me ;)
Coincidentally, I exchanged some e-mails with Howard Poole just last week for the first time in many years. He was kind enough to put me in touch with some of the WMU Blindness and Low Vision Dept. folks regarding an initiative I am currently crafting.
What a great comment you left, and I'll even forgive you for calling me Carrie, since Carrie James is another person to revere, in addition to Margaret Weigel! (Do you want to be addressed as James, or Jim?)
I'm with you on the need for purposeful design in matters of ed tech. Maybe orchestration is the word. Maybe it's a matter of starting with a really great piece of jazz music, one that's intricately woven together that still has plenty of room for improv. And a matter of getting some great conductors for the sections and the orchestra as a whole... and then having all those conductors move back when the situation allows it, to allow for the development of conductorless orchestras... Pretty ideal, but we've got to change mindsets about all this.
What do you say, let's start collecting analogies, along with the particular examples of district-wide positive approaches you need! It'll help to see how people think about it all.
So glad you decided to join in the community on Fireside. You are very welcome, indeed. I just printed out some of your papers and am looking forward to reading them later today. (Ah the bliss of single-tasking: reading! Just loving reading time lately.)
There are a number of people on Fireside who are in the know about district policies that encourage a positive approach to the use of Web 2.0 apps. If you put up a fourm, I'll bet a number of people will respond, even though it may take a little while, due to the general busyness of everyone right now.
Your studies are fascinating. Those questions you are asking--well, I'm personally just chomping on the bit to talk about them! "Is participatory learning a square peg in a round whole?" "Is there an incompatibility between participatory learning and the structure of schools as they typically exist?" "Can the compatibility be overcome?"
Let's get Margaret Weigel to join in on the talks. (Margaret, do you have time? It'd be so great.) Hey--you know what else we could do? We could plan an Elluminate session (or two) for a live talk, maybe bring in Todd Rose, Carrie James. Let's stir things up! Fun.
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