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Vision & Leadership in the 21st Century

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David I am pleased to be here in Utah 10 Jan 2013 - 21:23:13

"Utah" is so much easier to thumb-type than Salt Lake City. I guess I could have thumbed SLC, but that would have required a shift press for each letter. But was life every simple -- really? - dfw

Jodeesundberg This is fun 10 Jan 2013 - 21:23:43

Kevin Orton I agree 10 Jan 2013 - 21:24:02

Ah! But why is it fun? This an important question. What makes it fun? What makes backchanneling something that we WANT to engage in? If we can answer these questions, then we're starting to see the new pedagogies of teaching. - dfw

Corbin He's barely over 35. 10 Jan 2013 - 21:24:24

It's a matter of shift-tasking. That's what our children are so good at, easily shifting from task to task, from thought pattern to thought pattern. We sat down to read an entire article on the one magazine on the coffee table. They read through 140 character comments, many of them mentioning articles among the millions on the Internet, any of which we can click into to read. Through the conversational web, our coffee tables have become enormous. But it does take a different way of using information. - dfw

Rich The internet service here sucks 10 Jan 2013 - 21:24:32

Yep! The bandwidth in my hotel room was great, until I started using it. Then it go throttled way back. - dfw

Susan this is interesting. it is like sending notes the whole class can read 10 Jan 2013 - 21:24:55

..and because it's here, the who world can read it. You become responsible for what you say in the backchannel. - dfw

steve this guy knows technology 10 Jan 2013 - 21:24:58

;-) I get the same joy from programming computers that I did playing with Legos when I was ten. It's a playground or workshop that I can tinker in. - dfw

Burdette Rich is present and excited for Info 10 Jan 2013 - 21:25:00

Dave Get an AT&T package 10 Jan 2013 - 21:25:07

Your friend Aren't you afraid we'll go to Facebook? 10 Jan 2013 - 21:25:10

Hmmm! I'm afraid that you stop paying attention to me. But Facebook wouldn't cause that. It's the way you might use Facebook. A few years ago, two male teachers in the audience hijacked the Knitterchat conversation by starting to talk about the best wrestlers of the 1980s. It was really kinda funny, but it prevented other teachers from getting any real value out of Knitter. So one of the teachers opened up Facebook, Knitted out where she was on Facebook, and they continued the backchannel there. - dfw

Jodeesundberg No Internet in this room 10 Jan 2013 - 21:25:11

I know. It popped up a few times for me, but very weak. I had a dedicated line at the podium, and had set up my own hotspot so that my iPad could talk to my laptop. - dfw

Corbin You tell them Rich 10 Jan 2013 - 21:25:13

Kodey H I should utilize this in my classroom. 10 Jan 2013 - 21:25:30

Knitter is a personal tool that I am experimenting with. However, a similar tool that a lot of teachers are using is Today's Meet ( - dfw

Keith I finally had a Board member show up 10 Jan 2013 - 21:25:35

Leslie I am happy to be off those dangerous roads and safe inside little America 10 Jan 2013 - 21:26:09

I'm glad I got my walk in yesterday morning. I hope that the SLC airport knows how to handle snow. ;-) - dfw

Randy It's good to be here! So much to explore and learn! 10 Jan 2013 - 21:26:16

Always! Everyday! Life is exciting because there are always new things to learn. We, folks my age, worry, because we're accustomed to a certain amount of certainty. It was that certainty about the future upon which schooling was based. But the return, the upside of losing certainty is that we are gaining opportunity. We are going to be able to solve problems and accomplish goals that were unimaginable when I was young -- that are unimaginable today. We need to be preparing our children for the unimaginable. - dfw

Jerre I didn't know Burdette could use a computer 10 Jan 2013 - 21:26:18

Susan e have to make sure we have access on your phone 10 Jan 2013 - 21:26:24

Jodeesundberg I see that Keith. Way to go! 10 Jan 2013 - 21:26:35

Corbin I'm virtually picturing myself in Aruba 10 Jan 2013 - 21:26:40

;-) Coincidentally, I FaceTimed with my parents this morning to show them the snowy scene outside my hotel room. It's supposed to be in the 70s this weekend in North Carolina. - dfw

Keith Are you sure he looks older 10 Jan 2013 - 21:27:01

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Corbin Lets cut him in half and count the rings 10 Jan 2013 - 21:28:06

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April Torgerson Why no Internet?? 10 Jan 2013 - 21:28:10

I'm glad you're asking that question. Today, it makes little sense to ask people to learn without access to today's prevailing information environment. - dfw

Corbin Everything looks better through a fish eye lens 10 Jan 2013 - 21:28:46

Corbin Everything looks better through a fish eye lens 10 Jan 2013 - 21:28:47

Keith What's a telephone? 10 Jan 2013 - 21:30:26

Corbin What is a flash drive? 10 Jan 2013 - 21:30:55

Corbin Tell him to say it louder so our board members hear we should join the future 10 Jan 2013 - 21:32:36

Keith Ditto 10 Jan 2013 - 21:33:17

Ditto Ditto. The past wasn't so great. Life was always complicated. If we're doing our jobs right, the future could be so SO much better. - dfw

carolyn I wish my office looked like that 10 Jan 2013 - 21:33:40

carolyn I wish my office looked like that 10 Jan 2013 - 21:33:55

SA SUU 13, weber 16. 10 Jan 2013 - 21:34:16

Burdette Too many parents the classes should be ran like when they went to school. How to get them on board. Always a small vocal % 10 Jan 2013 - 21:34:52

Involve them in the conversation. A few months ago I keynoted a school boards conference in Vermont. A superintendent did a presentation about how they invited the community (anyone) to come in and join their conversation about retooling their schools. They watched videos about the future, talked about them, talked about what it meant in terms of what their children should be learning, and when it was over, the superintendent said, "It will cost this much." No questions. He said that several people came up afterward, people who were typical critics of the school system, and said, "I didn't know you talked about things like this."a - dfw

Corbin It be no different than what the say about me now 10 Jan 2013 - 21:35:18

Corbin Susan wants one of those toe rings 10 Jan 2013 - 21:36:41

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