Tech & Learning's Virtual Tech Forum provided a fantastic way to engage in stimulating conversation with innovative educators on a variety of provocative topics that are the key to preparing 21st century learners. The format allowed for participants to watch a featured video and then chat about the topic. The chats were fast-paced, action-packed and full of a whole lot of stimulating conversation and ideas.
There is no reason the conversation has to end there. These videos are still available (and free of charge) for anyone who wants to start conversation or keep it going. Simply show the video and invite viewers to discuss either verbally or via chat as we did during the original tech forum. You can take things a step further by inviting these educators to chat with you virtually via Skype or using an instant message service. Here are the video topics:
- High School 2.0: Talking Change for Today and Tomorrow with Vallerie Cave and Mike Hall
- Progressive Learning Environments: What do they Look Like?with Chris Lehmann
- Cells in the Classroom: From Banning to Embracing with Lisa Nielsen and WillynWeb
- Internet 2 and High-Bandwidth Connectivity: How and Why to Jump on Board with Dr. Joseph Barrow and Mike Porter
- Facebook, You Tube and Other Mainstream Tools: Do they Belong in the Classroom? with Cathy Swan
- The Impact of Social Media in Schools: Welcoming and Responding to the Disruption with David Jakes and David Warlick
- Disruptive Innovation: Fad, Fantasy, or Future of Learning? with Kim Carter
- 21st Century Skills: Are Our Schools Teaching Them? with Howie DiBlasi
To watch any of these videos, simply click on the picture below which will take you to each of the videos. Enjoy!
Lisa Nielsen is best known as creator of The Innovative Educator blog and Transforming Education for the 21st Century learning network. International Edublogger, International EduTwitter, and Google Certified Teacher, Lisa is an outspoken and passionate advocate of innovative education. She is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on "Thinking Outside the Ban" and determining ways to harness the power of technology for instruction and providing a voice to educators and students. Based in New York City, Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities helping schools and districts to educate in innovative ways that will prepare students for 21st century success. You can follow her on Twitter @InnovativeEdu.
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