Day 1 featured a full day with Garfield Gini-Newman. The one element that stuck with me throughout Garfield’s presentation was the simple question “
As I sit to write this post, I’m tossing around the key concepts that I posted to Evernote throughout the day when I wasn’t asked for some technical support but realized instead that there are two sources that address his message better than my interrupted notetaking could.
That’s a first blush.
Those of us who are supporting this event commented on the participant use of computers during the session. This group seems to be ready and able to proceed electronically. As you’ll note in the image above, laptops were open on all of the tables from the start. That indeed was unique when thinking back on past events.
It turned out to be a pretty good way for the group itself to self-document the day. You can check out the Twitter feed by following the hashtag #otf21c.
Even better, @tk1ng started the group on its collaborative way with a Google Document that he opened up to the public. It started as a simple chart to summarize “Opportunities”, “Challenges”, and “Implications”. What happened with the group was pretty amazing — it ended up as a forum for the group to document the day. Many of the links and references from the presentation are embedded in this document. It also opened up our thinking to the rest of the world and some folks off-site did take advantage of it. The document is available here.
I’m looking forward to Day 2 with Will Richardson and a panel discussion from Ontario Educators. Should be great. What better way to beat the heat than to enjoy some quality learning in a nicely air conditioned ballroom with some of Ontario’s finest.
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