Creative Thinking, Education, K-12

#neisdpln Rocks!

Just to clarify, I knew all of the people involved in last night’s chat would be great.  I was just worried that I would mess up as host – spell something wrong, forget the hashtag, lose my wi-fi connection.

I almost didn’t have a wi-fi connection.  But that’s a long, boring story. Suffice it to say that only a few people looked at me sideways as I camped out in a booth at a local restaurant with a caffeine-free Diet Coke, my laptop, an iPad, and my iPhone blanketing the table.

You can see my concerns about last night’s chat here.  I have a Storify of the entire chat here. (I apologize for all of the duplicate tweets – not sure what happened there.)

I’ve participated in lots of chats.  It surprised me how interesting it was to be the “Questioner” as opposed to an “Answerer.”  To be honest, I couldn’t think of a lot of great answers to my questions when I was writing them.  I obviously don’t have the vision that many other people have!

It’s hard to pick a few highlights because there were so many great responses.  I’m just going to randomly choose a few, and encourage you to visit the Storify when you have time.

What would you SUBSTITUTE for grades? (Lots of consensus on this one!)

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What other venue would you COMBINE a school with? (Rackspace was a frequent answer!)

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How do you think schools will need to ADAPT 20 years in the future?

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MODIFY!  If you could make anything bigger or smaller about school, what would it be? (This is where we had a LOT of really creative answers!)

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PUT TO ANOTHER USE – What is another use for teachers? (Thanks to Julia for posting this question yesterday!)  

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What would you ELIMINATE  from schools today? (And yes, testing was a popular response!)

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And, finally, how would you REARRANGE the curriculum?

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 9.48.08 PMThanks to all who participated.  Don’t forget to join us next Monday for #neisdpln, 7 PM CST.  I have no idea the topic or who is hosting, but it’s sure to be a fascinating conversation!




Creative Thinking, Education, K-12, Teaching Tools

Join Us for the #neisdpln Chat!

I’m not sure how I get myself into these things.  After all, it’s been little more than a year since I participated in my first Twitter chat. But somehow I ended up agreeing to host this week’s #neisdpln chat. Not only have I never done this before, but I’m not even sure where I’ll be at 7 PM (CST) tonight as I will be in the middle of my weekly marathon carpool.  But that’s usually how I roll – jump out of the plane and then start reflecting on where I last saw my parachute…

You’re welcome to join us tonight even if you aren’t in NEISD.  It’s going to be a kind of brainstorming session.  I decided to make the topic, “S.C.A.M.P.E.R. Education.”  Here are the planned questions:

  • Substitute – Tell about one thing you would substitute for grades in schools.
  • Combine – If you could combine a school with another venue, what would it be?
  • Adapt – Name 1 way you think schools will be drastically different 20 years from now.
  • Modify – If you could make anything bigger or smaller about your school, what would it be?
  • Put to Another Use
  • Eliminate – What would you take out of the curriculum?
  • Rearrange – How would you rearrange a school or curriculum?

Note that I don’t have a question for “P” yet.  Any suggestions are welcome!

Join us for #neisdpln