What I Wish for ISTE
Over the next five days, around 13,000 educator-types will head to San Diego for the annual ISTE Conference. It’s a tremendous experience and one of the best opportunities to talk with a whole lot of incredibly smart folks.
With all these great minds in one place, I have a bit of a wish list that I hope, selfishly, will become reality.
- Let’s try to really start figuring out what it means for education to have the level of access to information and technology that we now have.
- Let’s remember creativity.
- Let’s stop fighting about the device (I’ll do my part as well).
- Let’s stop talking about new ways to do old things that weren’t really all that good when they were the new ways.
- Let’s figure out how to give up the worksheet. The analog sort and the digital.
- Let’s write more.
- Let’s figure out a new narrative for education. I think starting with Godin’s piece is a good place for us to start.
- Let’s stop letting major companies and their incredibly successful marketing teams tell us what to do. Especially with learning.
- Let’s just sit and talk about some stuff we really love and care about.
- Let’s make something.
- Let’s remember what Gary Stager recently reminded me to remember. As Alan Kay so aptly stated, “The computer is an instrument whose music is ideas.”
- Let’s be courageous enough to listen to ideas that aren’t our own.
I look forward to the talks, the thinking, and the work ahead the next five days. I hope you do as well.