Sunday, March 7, 2010
Preaching to the Choir
One of the criticisms of educational technology events, like EduCon, TEDxNYED, ISTE, etc. is that Keynote speakers and session presenters are "preaching to the choir" of like-minded people.
Is this necessarily a bad thing?
Away from the heady atmosphere of conferences, with their innovations and energy, many digitally-comfortable educators find themselves back in their home school districts, a lonely minority. Sometimes it is the encouragement received, and the connections made, at tech-infused gatherings that inspires teachers to keep working towards the changes they believe are key to students' success in learning.
Knowing that there are other members of the Choir is a comfort and an inspiration.
"Musically, of course, what better way to learn than to perform something at the very highest possible level...if these students were...giving the typical choir concert, that's not the same as being onstage in one of the world's most important halls and seeing how it works." -Patrick Gardner
"choir boys" by Leo Reynolds