140 characters conference update.
I have quite a few observations about today that I want to share but I am spent so I will post them tomorrow. Tonight I want to focus on just a couple of things.
Some of the smartest, most passionate people in the industry were in this auditorium.
I was humbled, awestruck and inspired.
And retweeted often (the highest form of twitter praise). I even made it onto bigapplechannel.com‘s trending topic top tweets. I am (almost) famous(ish) in a not so famous but it was flattering sort of way. And this was one my more sincere tweets so that’s nice.
But what I want to talk about here was one man who rocked the room. He got a standing O! (not that O, you filthy minds, ovation but now that you mention it…)
Chris Lehmann. Click that link and you can view an extended version of the passionate speech he gave today. He is the Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philly. He simply blew the room right out of the water. The crowd was awestruck by his energy. It was so exciting to hear an educator this committed to embracing the technology that drives our kids. Here are but a few of the pearls that dropped out of his mouth today:
Tell a better story in school. Technology must be like oxygen: ubiquitous, invisible and everywhere.
Kids are using devices & technology in not great ways because the adults that are supposed to teach and monitor it are afraid of it.
Let’s never forget how important teachers are. its about the community. with technology we can blow out the doors.
We need to bottle @chrislehmann and distribute him to every HS in America. Kids need to learn how to think and he gets how to help them. He loves his job. He loves kids. He loves education and he was one of the most inspiring speakers I have heard in a long time.
Yeh, today was amazing!