It was a key theme in CEM 2012, and if anything it’s a bigger topic this year, influencing pedagogy at every level. How close are we to being able to realize the dream of personalized, differentiated, passion-based learning for educators and students, and what still has to happen to make this fully real? What practical steps can educators take to personalize learning for their students today, and how can connected technologies facilitate this? A healthy blend of edtech visionaries and creative classroom educators (including Kathy Cassidy, Will Richardson, David Warlick, and Jessie Woolley-Wilson) join you to discuss.
October 2, 2013, 7:00-8:30 PM ET
Here’s a link to the archives of this terrific discussion–in Blackboard native format, in audio only (in case you want to listen in your car, at the gym or while otherwise multi-tasking), and video. Note that due to congestion issues, the video is taking time to convert–the provider is working diligently on this–and it should show as fully converted soon. In the meantime, we think you’ll find the Blackboard native format easy to use (once you download and open the small player playback file, you may have to push the ‘play’ arrow on the bottom of the playback screen to get it started, but other that it should be straightforward). Any questions or problems–please write us!
Share With Less-Connected Colleagues
Last year, many educators told us these kick-off sessions were very effective vehicles in persuading less-connected colleagues to get more involved and engaged. It’s not hard to see why. The panelists are both top-of-the-field brilliant and down-to-earth practical (most are either currently practitioners or have many years of experience on the front lines), the sessions are very interactive and participatory, and they’re in format that’s familiar to everyone (who in education has never watched a panel discussion?).
Of course you want your friends to do more than watch–you want them to take action. So consider combining these recordings with CEM’s Getting Started page, which will give your fellow educators a lot of simple things they can do to follow up when these fantastic discussions inspire them.
The platform used for the event will be Blackboard Collaborate, an online platform widely used in education that combines video, audio, chat, presentation, and other capabilities. It supports participation from any computer using Window, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android.
To check that your computer is ready for Blackboard Collaborate, please click here. “Step 1″ will indicate if you have a version of Java that is compatible, and then “Step 2″ lets you actually go into a test session. We encourage you to do this in advance of the event. If you have any difficulties, you can check the Collaborate Help FAQ and then ask for help in the WeCollaborate.com user community.