Bring 55 amazing DEN educators together, mix in a dab of Hall Davidson and Will Richardson, a traditional Chicago style B-B-Que, spontaneous friendships and synergy and you have the recipe for a memorable time. Nine Wisconsin DEN Educators are into their first day of testing their wings. Last night it was digital storytelling wings with Hall sharing his energy and insights on opening the doors to the empowerment of creating powerful digital stories.
Today it is Will, master edu-blogger, helping frame the world of blogging within the educational context. The brave new world is about IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY, Will shared, and we are now watching Matthew Bischoff’s podcast – check out his homepage at www.matthewbischoff.com
Matt is a 13 year old from New Jersey who has developed his "Escape Radio" program. Interestingly… here we are watching young people, like Matt, creating their own very engaging programming which truly is being consumed by a worldwide audience. Kids are TEACHING… they are teaching us — sharing their writing, their thoughts, their wisdom, their sense of the world! Kids are learning and teaching. Kids have access to a billion connected people. How do we harness this potential? How does this change education? The Classroom? How we teach? Is it scary? Dangerous? Disconcerning? Or is it exciting? Motivating? Powerful? ..Check out some of Will’s highlighted blogs and think about the impact!
MIT Open Courseware — MIT has put 100’s of their courses online for anyone to tap! Syllabus, the study materials, video lectures (sometimes), the exams, and the answers! Wow… an MIT education for free. Yep… it’s a different world! Will is giving us so much to think about — more coming in a few hours!
Brad Potter, Shannon Anderson, Laura Miller (Indiana),Deb Breunig, Keith Schroder, and Rita Mortenson
Heidi Catlin, Rachel Yurk, and new educator friend
Patricia Hawkenson (Eau Claire) helping Field Managers prepare for the opening day.