I couldn’t help but reflect on the OTF / CUE Google Workshop for Educators’ experience yesterday as I continued to apply my own personal learning to a project that I was working on. Beyond the learning, I started to think about the personalities involved and how lucky that we are to have this group of folks to learn with. It’s actually quite humbling to sit at the Tweetup and during the learning session and realize that you’re working along with some of the great educational minds and technology leaders in the province.
There are Computer Science teachers who have created resources that are shared throughout the province (and beyond); some people who live and breathe project based learning; folks whose classes are constantly online creating and sharing projects; cutting edge teacher-librarians; business educators bring contemporary skills into their classrooms and so many classroom instructors whose students are doing all kinds of incredibly innovative curriculum related things in their classrooms. Amazingly, in this group of leaders, there were no overpowering egos. The entire group were just there to network, to learn, and to bring new learnings home with them. Everyone seemed to just want “more”.
It’s quite amazing to be there and to be part of the conversation that took place during the day. Many of us were using Twitter to share our excitement and there were other Ontario educators who couldn’t join us that were following along from the comfort of their homes!
What put it all in focus for me were two blog entries that I enjoyed yesterday.
First, @peterskillen captured the day by pulling together all of the Twitter messages that were tagged with the #otfcue label.
What an awesome way to relive the day. Thanks, Peter. The entire post may be read on his blog, The Construction Zone.
The other was @jaccalder’s entry where she admitted to stalking the session in her recent blog post. She took our key learning points from the day and summarized them with appropriate links to dig right to the source.
The real value came from the synthesis of the Twitter messages and suggestions for how they might work in the classroom.
Both blog entries are worth reading. Both will engage you so make sure that you allocate sufficient time for the task.
What a great experience! When you organize a workshop, you hope that you make changes to a classroom or two. With this event and the subsequent conversations, look for great innovation coming to Ontario classrooms. If you’ve been looking in the right places, there is already a discussion for the need to expand the reach that was seeded with this initial offering.
A lot of people want to join with this group of awesome learners.