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Quick thoughts from #TEDxNYED

Posted by lpearle on 6 March 2010

It was a lonnng day, it really was.  Long and exciting and frustrating all at the same time.

Exciting because I heard some of the most inspiring passionate people (and not all were presenters: the between-time conversations were the froth on the latte).  Exciting because I wonder if this structure could be translated to other conferences, like AASL’s  2011 conference.  Exciting because there were ideas that would move education at my school forward in ways that would truly engage students (and, I think, faculty).

Frustrating because technology didn’t work as well as I’d have liked (bandwidth issues, but also I learned that my idiosyncratic note-taking method does not translate well to a type-as-I-go notes).  Frustrating because I think these types of conferences are preaching to the converted and to the possibly persuaded, while what we need to do is find ways to convince the naysayers and “old fogies”.  Frustrating because I know that some of the best ideas I got just won’t get put into action at my school (partly through academic inertia and partly because the technology just hasn’t caught up to my brain… yet).

I have pages and pages of notes all ready to be transcribed and put into some coherent format as I puzzle things out (you’re definitely welcome to read and comment!).  But that’s a job for another day… my brain’s just not up to it right now.

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2 Responses to “Quick thoughts from #TEDxNYED”

  1. I think that it is less of preaching to the converted than you might think. I think many people are open to change, feel like schooling needs a new model, but haven’t necessarily put that into place for themselves. Dan Meyer really made that clear in his session about math instruction. The idea of the delayed-gratification math problem, the long-term math problem – they were beautiful. I think many of us (I’m a TEDxNYED organizer) are open to all of this, but there are always ways to become better teachers. Do we really agree with all that was said? And if we do, do we have the teaching methodology to back it up?

    So much to process. I can’t wait to watch the videos again. We hope to have them done in the next two weeks.

    p.s. I love naysayers. My thoughts (Michael Fullan version) here:
    http://www.21apples.org/2006/03/06/naysayers-are-more-important-than-your-supporters/

  2. Jeremy Browne said

    I agree with your frustrations. I don’t think it’s a knock against the organizers or the speakers, but I do think that the TED format needs to be seriously rethought for small thematic events: http://brownelearning.org/blog/?p=677

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