I had a wonderful experience this morning at 3am with around five thousand educators from across the globe during Cisco’s Virtual Forum for Education Leaders. (To watch speaker sessions, you’ll need to register. Videos will be available for six months).
It is amazing how quickly technology is developing to allow ‘just in time’ collaboration and communication. As one of the contributers to the session on how we can improve education together, I was streamed live to the audience who could not only see me, but a panel of speakers as well as the slides that accompanied my presentation.
While all this was taking place, partcipants could also engage in a discussion with presenters via the virtual chat room. I was able to participate in a global conversation on 21st century learning and teaching with presenters in India, Africa, UK and the US.
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco began by saying that education and the internet are the two great equalisers for bridging the gap. He predicts that over the next decade, we won’t know what is technology and what is the education process. Central to making schooling relevant will be collaboration and technology.
As I wrote in my previous post, these sorts of technologies are challenging us to re-think how we work. I believe that teachers can address the challenges of making schooling relevant by building communities of expertise. Out of this collaboration (whether local or global) will come new definitions, understandings and transformations.