Reflections on #140edu Day 1

August 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday concluded the very first day of the newest #140 Conference, #140edu, and it went great! The speaker lineup included innovative educators, thought-provoking entrepreneurs and an UnCollege “educational deviant” that had many wondering about the true use of higher education. True to the name of the conference, participants and speakers alike flooded the Twitterverse with their thoughts (so much so, that the hashtag #140edu made it as a trending topic in New York). Here are a couple highlights from yesterday’s event: 

Jack Hidary (@jackhidary)’s Get Up and Move

As the very first presenter, Jack Hidary set a high standard for anyone following him. He kept participants completely engaged and made sure to act on what he preached. Hidary stimulated and excited participants through a great paper card flying mechanism experiment

Christian Long (@ChristianLong)’s Design Thinking as the Only Legit 21st Century Pedagog

Everyone has had that moment where they realize that they can be better at what they do and Christian Long is no exception. Speaking on his role as a parent and educator, Long wants educators to move towards the “and” of education. “And..” what else can children achieve? “And..” what can you learn from your failures?

Inga Rós (@Inga_Ros)’s Are Schools Burning Books?

Inga Rós, a teaching in Iceland, described the need to move towards a more technology based education. If schools continue to restrict sites such as blogs and Twitter, students will not get the full 21st century learning experience.  

Marc Ecko (@MarcEcko)’s Campaign Against Corporal Punishment

An interesting addition to the scores of educators, Marc Ecko (CEO and founder of Marc Ecko Entreprises) spoke on the importance of words and their meanings, especially those involved with “disciplining” children in the classroom.  

Adam Bellow (@adambellow)’s The Tech Commandments

Perhaps the highest highlight of the day, Adam Bellow blew away the crowd with his 140 slides in 15 minutes. Participants laughed, clapped and soaked in all his Tech Commandments. Bellow said that despite advances in technology, (good) teachers were still needed but added “Every teacher that could be replaced by a computer should be!”

Dale J. Stephens(@DaleJStephens)’s Majoring in Life

Rounding out the evening was Dale Stephens, the chief “educational deviant” promoting the benefits of being an UnCollege student. Stephens who recently dropped out of college believes that higher education is not the right choice for everyone and that students should learn to educate themselves outside the classroom. Many participants spoke on their uncertainties on his model of education. 

For more #140edu, be sure to follow the Twitter stream with the event’s hashtag or watch it live here



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