A comment was left on one of my postings today by Eric Vance, high school Principal, husband, father, beginning blogger. Eric attended the F.I.E.L. conference where he was inspired by Will Richardson's presentation on technology and the changing world.
Many of us have been discussing the nature of education, why and how it needs to change, is changing.
Christian Long recaps a BLC 07 session where what was happening in the audience was as important as what was happening on the stage.
In "Four Convergences, Two Views of Education, and One Future to Choose" Clay Burell again questions the "infantilization of our youths" and continues his advocation of meaningful project-based learning.
Is there educational value in virtual communities? Judy O'Connell believes that social collaboration will emerge as an effective tool for teachers and students, blurring the lines between "real world" and "school world" communication.
Carolyn Foote reminds Library Media Specialists that libraries cannot operate in isolation. They must be "purposeful and made for authentic learning experiences and connected..." to other libraries and to the teachers and students the Library Media Centers serve.
All of these bloggers are writing from their own educational perspectives, yet all have shared ideas and information that have value for Eric and other administrators.
Imagine a faculty meeting or professional development day where Skypers and live bloggers interact with each other and presenters. Consider how much easier it would be to implement project-based learning or virtual learning communities in a school district if the principal already understood and supported the concepts. Think of the effectiveness of an information literacy curriculum that has the strong backing of a committed administrator.
We need to welcome Eric, to read and respond to his postings, add another strand to our web.