Learning From Experts - Wherever They May Live
In a couple of weeks, the middle school mathematics leaders in my district will meet with their counterparts in a neighboring district to talk about and think about and make plans for the day when every student will enter school with their own device for learning. We are calling it a 1-to-1 Learning Environment.
Part of the day will include a panel discussion with four educators from around the country who will join us via Google Hangout. A principal, a teacher, a technology specialist, and an education technology coach from four different states in the U.S. will make up the panel and will share their experiences with our group.
I believe that this is what we mean by 21st century education. We want to learn from the experiences of others who have "been there". This discussion--in real time--will help us to think about the things we haven't thought about yet. It will help us to plan for the rollout of 1-to-1. And we will make connections with other educators from far away who don't have to be so "far away" given the tools we have today.
Also, the people participating in this panel discussion are all people I have "met" on Twitter--I've never met them in person and I probably never will. Yet I was able to contact them and tell them what we are planning to do and they were able (and very much willing) to be a part of it.
I can't wait; it's going to be great! We even have a Twitter hashtag for the day: #M3SG for Mid-Maryland Math Specialist Group. I hope this event will encourage others to do the same--and more. If I can do (with a lot of help [!]), anybody can do it.