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Notes and pics from “Speaking to Listen in the Age of Emoji” with @D_L_Potts and @mritzius at #educon. 

I was super honored to lead a conversation at Educon today with Diana Potts and Mike Ritzius, Speaking to Listen in the Age of Emoji. Diana, Mike, and I will be leading a one-day version of the workshop for the New York Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) on February 7th. More info here: https://www.nysais.org/page.cfm?p=3678&LockSSL=true

We began with an activity where people told a 6-word memoir using emoji. Then Mike introduced the Four-Fold practice via The Art of Hosting. After, I described Glenn Singleton’s Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations. Diana spoke about triggers and how we can adapt our responses. We broke into groups of three for a speaking/listening/observing activity where one person speaks for two minutes, the next person relays what they heard for the next two minutes, and the observer offers things they noticed using a checklist for two minutes. (Given enough time, everyone switches roles for the next two rounds). Then Mike described Theory U by Otto Scharmer. We had time to reflect at the end and revisit our speaking/listening/observing activity through the lens of Theory U.

Our resources are here: http://bit.do/stliaoe

Our slides are here:

We’ll be leading a one-day version of this workshop for the New York Association of Independent Schools on February 7, 2017. More info here.

Here a a few pics from the speaking/listening/observing activity:


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Artifacts from our “Digital Fabrication in K12” and “Design Thinking in Schools” sessions at Educon2.5

I facilitated two conversations at Educon today:
1. Digital Fabrication in K-12 with Jaymes Dec and Don Buckley
2. Design Thinking in Schools with Don Buckley

Here is a PDF of the slides from the Design Thinking session:

Below is Jaymes’s budget when he set up the FabLab at Marymount two years ago:


Here are some other images from the day:

Video of the presentations are here:

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TeachIn11 on May 10th is being launched by @chrislehmann at SXSW & @dfaufenberg at NJECC

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As an attendee of Educon, I received a pretty exciting email from Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) today. Chris is the principal of the Science Leadership Academy where Educon has been held for the last 4 years. It was about the upcoming Great American Teach-in (GATI) on May 10, 2011 where the primary focus is engaging, recruiting, and supporting student voices in the ongoing discussions and debates about the future of education.

In Chris’s words (on behalf of the Planning Team of the Great American Teach-In):  

At root, the Teach-In is a day to remind ourselves and our students that citizenship means asking questions, finding answers and standing up for what you believe in…and that education must mean that too. Every classroom, every student, every school… drafting a declaration of education.

Using the Declaration of Independence as a primary source document, we will ask all learners, at all levels, to draft their declarations of educational rights. Using provided protocols, participants will work together to draft their next steps for discussing, advocating, securing and maintaining those rights. Using modern tools, participants can post their declarations alongside thousands of students, teachers and parents from all over the country.

Below, I copied information about how to participate in http://www.declarationofeducation.com:

How to Participate

Participation in this event will have three general phases.

1. Preparation

The key piece of participating is to talk with your classes and your community, and to create your declarations. These essential questions and icebreakers can help provide a starting point for the conversation. If you are doing this event in your classroom, feel free to share your plans so other people can use them or be inspired by them.

If you are going to participate, add yourself to the participant list.

If you want to set up an event within your community, add it to the calendar.

If you have a blog, write about your thoughts and preparations on your blog, and tag these posts with the term teachin11. Your post will be aggregated into this site.

2. The Teach In

The date selected for the Teach In is May 10, 2011. At the risk of stating the obvious, you should schedule your Teach In for the time that makes the most sense for you and your learning community.

The essential questions and community-generated teaching resources can help get you started structuring your event.

Feel free to add your event to the calendar.

3. Reporting Back, and Next Steps

Once you have held your event, tell the world about it!

If you have a blog, write about your experiences on your blog, and tag them with the term teachin11. Your post will be aggregated into this site.

If you do not have a blog, there are multiple ways for you to share your participation. Choose the one that works best for you.

Write a Declaration of Education, and share it on this site.

  • Describe your event, and your thoughts about it, by adding it directly to this web site.
  • Make a video about your Teach In, and upload it to to YouTube. Tag it with the term teachin11.
  • Upload images to Flickr. Tag your picture with the term teachin11.

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