We can’t stay in conference-land forever, now it’s time to get on with it after #edutech and #cefpinz13

Over the last couple of weeks I have been at two conferences, well, kind of. Last week I was in Auckland for CEFPI Australasian Conference, and via the Twitter-feed at Edutech over the last couple of days.

Lots of similar messages across both…

  • recognition of the changing times

  • calls to action

  • challenging the status quo

  • engaging and inspiring students

  • equipping the educators

  • raising up leaders

  • changing pedagogy

  • redesigning spaces

  • role of technology

  • embracing change

As well as the use of the ubiquitous ‘21st Century’ descriptor – which, by now, after 13% behind us, we need to drop.

We’ve heard from the rock stars, the practitioners and thought-leaders. So what are you going to do about it?

Will you be a change agent, a learning activist, culture architect, idea-factory or will you gaze out of the window daydreaming about good times in conference-land and stay as you are?

So while it is fresh in your mind it’s time to make a new year resolution – this new year start June 2013, who says it has to be 1 Jan?

All around us there are circumstances and situations that need to change, but there is only so much you can do. So make a few motherhood statements of your own and stick to your guns.

Here are some to start you off:

Change starts with me. It will be hard, but it will be worth it.

I will work with my colleagues or I will find at least one other person to collaborate with

Leaders are readers – what will be on my reading list?

My students will work together

The furniture in my working/learning space will be conducive to collaboration and connection

I will encourage, embrace and support young educators

I will never say ‘back-in-my-day’

I will try new ideas/ways

What else can you think of?

Be the change, make a difference, take every opportunity.

Happy new year, kind of!


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