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#edchatnz blogging meme

September 1st, 2014

So far I’ve managed to avoid being nominated for the ice bucket challenge, but it’s a pleasure to have been tagged in an altogether different kind of meme, the edchatnz blogging meme. Before I wrote this, the researcher in me had to check just to see how far this meme has spread – type the phrase in Google and you’ll get a full three pages of relevant hits. I think that’s pretty impressive for one little conference and says a lot about how this gathering impacted on the people who attended. Thank you Paula Hogg (aka @diana_prince_ww) for tagging me.

If you get included in the blogging meme:copy/paste the questions and instructions into your own blog then fill out your own answers. Share on Twitter by tagging 5 friends and using #edchatnz. Make sure you send your answers back to whomever tagged you,too!

1. How did you attend the #edchatnz Conference? (Face 2 Face,followed online or didn’t)

Face to face.

2. How many others attended from your school or organisation?

None, but I travelled up with my game development sidekick Dan Milward from Gamefroot and we work in the same building, does that count?

3.How many #edchatnz challenges did you complete?

Augh, none. Somehow I missed registering this. I had no idea I had license to dance in my presentation, or get everyone else dancing. Next time… next time…

4. Who are 3 people that you connected with and what did you learn from them?

Dan and I had the pleasure of meeting @BronSt, @PeggySheehy and @knowclue in Wellington a few days before edchatnz, and then again at the conference. From them I learned you can come to NZ and pretty much nail it in a couple of weeks with a series of timely Twitter introductions… I also got to catchup with @belldogc who I met some years back through a research project. It was also pleasure to think about design stuff with @beechEdesignz. Woops, that’s 5 people.

5. What session are you gutted that you missed?

I suffer from FOMO so I have a policy against thinking about what I miss out on and instead focus on what I do get to experience.

6. Who is one person that you would like to have taken to #edchatnz and what key thing would they have learned? 

Gee guys. These questions are hard! Maybe Dave Thornycroft from Gamefroot, but who am I to presume what he might have learned? Everyone’s learning journey is their own, I think.

7. Is there a person you didn’t get to meet/chat with (F2F/online) that you wished you had? Why?

See Q5.

8. What is the next book you are going to read and why? 

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, because I use science fiction as a way to interrogate various ideas about learning, knowledge, schooling, and the future, and I wrote about Stephenson’s The Diamond Age in our recent book Key Competencies for the Future. I’m also re-reading our own book in preparation for the book group coming up in October, to remind myself what exactly we said in there…

9. What is one thing you plan to do to continue the Education Revolution you learned about at #edchatnz?

I plan to keep doing what I already do, but I’ve now got some new networks and connections with even more NZ teachers who are brave, excited, innovative, reflective, want to make a difference, like to be connected with each other, and who I can learn from, alongside the many other amazing NZ educators I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through 12 years of educational research. I’ve also put Curriculum For The Future  out into the world with a very open invitation for people to help us keep developing this little game both as a group activity and hopefully, soon, as a digital game. Watch this space…

10. Will you take a risk and hand your students a blank canvas?

 I’m a full-time professional researcher so I don’t have students, but I’ve dabbled with handing adults a blank canvas from time to time with an invitation to use it for some unexpected creative thinking about education and the future. I have learned that it is uncomfortable sometimes for we, as adults, to look at a blank page and see it as an opportunity project our own thinking and imaginings so we can examine what lies underneath our day to day practices and behaviours. It is as hard for us as it can be for some students to not get hung up on whether we’re getting it “right”. But it’s really worth it.

Oh –  I get to tag this meme on, so how about two other not-currently-school-teachers: 




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