I posted this video to my blog last night. I was too tired to comment at the time but didn’t want to lose track of it so that I could comment. It also gave me some time to read the entire three year plan.
It’s a promotional video that effectively draws attention to the content inside the plan. Sort of an executive summary, if you will. As David Warlick notes in a blog post from the 2cents blog entitled “Another 21st Century Promotional Video”, we’ve seen a number of these over the past few years. The one that started it was Karl Fisch “Did You Know”. It has a number of versions and has generated a multitude of “shift” and “vision” videos that have highlighted many a professional development session or staff meeting.
I would suggest that this video is different though. Unlike the regular fare which do a nice job of identifying the situation and shocking viewers with numbers, this video suggestions solutions about what it might look like. “An English Class that resembles a TV studio”, “Elementary Students studying Spring” are a couple of examples included in the video. I can’t help but think that this video shown at a staff meeting would launch smaller discussion groups in a call to action.
But, it’s part of a package and that package includes the three year plan. While other videos serve to try to inspire teachers and systems to make the change, this video is backed with a plan to generate systematic change as opposed to just tinkering. I’m particularly impressed with a focus in all subject areas.
I recall a few years ago when Rory McGreal was a keynote speaker at the RCAC Symposium talking about the plans in place to make New Brunswick the most connected of Canadian provinces. The plan continues a noted in this Forbes article. So, imagine an entire province with students having this access at home. Kudos have to be given for a Department of Education stepping up to leverage this opportunity in favour of students. This could make massive gains in the goal of creating a community where information and knowledge is central.
I hope that consumers go beyond the excellent video and take a look at the complete package. This has the potential to take New Brunswick students to places that the rest of us dream of.