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Montana Conference for Education Leadership

Billings Montana

Here is the transcript of your backchannel conversation for . This is a wiki page. As such, you can edit this page and insert text into the transcript, contining the conversation, as I have done. To edit, click the EDIT link at the top of the page. The password is teacher.

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David I look forward to reading your conversation. 17 Oct 2013 - 12:25:14

dan Why would a learner not want to use this. What a great app. 17 Oct 2013 - 12:26:18

It taps into the idea of conversation as a learning environment. There are certainly trade offs. I suspect that if you are following this conversation, then you are not paying quite as much attention to my speaking as you would, though that is debatable. But this is about respecting the wisdom of the audience. In reality, I usually only have, at most, about 10% of the audience participating, though I think that the most powerful use for me, are school district PD events, where I invited selected students to backchannel during my presentation. Then teachers get to read what their students' reactions to my ideas.
.. also, I never do this that I don't learn something new from the audience conversation. - dfw

Patrick w is knitter chat avaioable for our classrooms? 17 Oct 2013 - 12:26:32

No! Knitter Chat is a personal experiment, that I am constantly hacking, trying new features. There are, however, other similar tools out there.
 - dfw

dan Anonymous questioning. 17 Oct 2013 - 12:26:53

There's actually a variety of ways this can be used. Anonymously, real names, or code names that only the teacher knows. Benefits and situations ideal for each. - dfw

cm QR codes don\'t always work 17 Oct 2013 - 12:28:39

Actually, the QR code worked just fine. It was the tech involved in getting my iPad to project through my computer that didn't work. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's because of the variety of network configurations in the various places I present in. In a classroom, it would be much more reliable, because you're working in a known environment. - dfw

Arnold i am bored 17 Oct 2013 - 12:29:15

I am very sorry. I have to confess that I've not read that here before. Perhaps I am getting too old to do this with as much vigor as I use to. - dfw

me so where is this leading? 17 Oct 2013 - 12:31:59

I don't know. Who does? It's part of our condition that we need the skills to adapt to an unpredictable future. In what ever technology brings us, there are potentials for good and potentials for bad. It depends on the decisions we make and who makes the decisions. I'm old enough to know that things are better, that the good-ole-days really weren't all that good.
I'll tell you what makes me shutter. It's the tech that will be around ten years from now, that we aren't even imagining now. Biotech is going to change things, as will nanotechnology. - dfw

Andrea How do we use these tools to increase learning? 17 Oct 2013 - 12:38:13

There are two schools of thought here, and basically they are using the tech to better teach our children, or helping our children learn to use to tech to better learn. The answer is a combination of the two, but our current emphasis on high-stakes testing lean us to tech as teaching tool. I recently asked about 250 adults how many of them were doing now what they went to college to learn to do. Only six hands went up. Learning is the capital for prosperity in the future, and learning to learn is essential. I'd even go so far as to say that we should stop talking about literacy, and talk about learning-literacy. - dfw

sue this type of technology advancement will eliminate more and more jobs for the young people we are educating! 17 Oct 2013 - 12:40:03

Yes! Jobs will be lost. THEY ALWAYS HAVE BEEN! There's nothing new this. What is new, is that we know, now, that our children are going into a world of changing jobs and even lifestyles. What do they need to be learning and how do they need to be learning it in order to be ready for an unpredictable future. My answer again: The best thing we can teach our children today is how to teach themselves. - dfw

Robert DoBell

  1. :mcel13 #:mcel2013 David Warlick presenting at MCEL. Good technology information. We are preparing students for an unpredictable future."

17 Oct 2013 - 12:41:57

Scott Dubbs Dave should be presenting in a room with better access #mcel13" 17 Oct 2013 - 12:41:59

I agree! WiFi was spotty and slow. It wasn't the conference's fault. But learning, without access to the would of information outside the room, is not learning. It's being taught. - dfw

Andrea It isn\'t all good. 17 Oct 2013 - 12:47:13

Nothing is! It's how we adapt, and that's what I'm talking about. Learning to learn in our schools should also be about learning to adapt. - dfw

Patrick a cool montana studen5 example of video: 17 Oct 2013 - 12:59:10

I look forward to seeing it. I'm in the air now, and don't want to pay the extortionate prices for WiFi on the plane.
Thank you for the conversation and for a wonderful morning in Billings. By the way, I'm sitting next to Henry Winkler, who spoke to a literacy group last night in your city.
As my Dad would say, "I'm in high cotton now." - dfw
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