Did you know? We need your help.
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Will Richardson says he's
. I say we need
a plan. Karl Fisch says we
have a pretty good anticipatory set. Will says what next?
We need action on multiple fronts: schools, universities, policymakers,
business people, local communities. But we can't start moving without having some
important conversations. So with that in mind...
Karl and I are working with XPLANE to
update the Did You
Know?video because it seems to resonate with folks. We're going to update
some of the facts, reframe some of the slides, turn down some of the global
alarmism, and turn up the visual attractiveness several notches. Our goal is to
make a version 2 that resonates with folks even more than the first one. But
we need your help.
Imagine that you've just showed Did You
Know?to an audience of educators (or business people or
politicians or community members). What questions do you ask to
start the conversation about what's next? In other words, we don't want people
to just watch the video, say Wow!, and then continue to do nothing.
What questions should we be asking at the end to facilitate people
talking about and moving toward the creation of 21st century school
Here are some possibilities:
- What should we expect high school graduates to be able to do in this new
learning organizations and how are we going to provide them?
I'll stop here because I don't want to shape your thinking any further, but
you get the idea. Please submit your ideas for good
end-of-video questions, as well as any other suggestions you have about this
project, as comments on this blog post or on Karl's post. Thanks for
making a contribution to this important endeavor!
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- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
A guide to making difficult conversations possible—and peaceful—in an increasingly polarized nation.
- How can we reach out to people on the other side of the divide? Get to know the other person as a human being before you get to know them as a set of tribal political beliefs, says Sarah Ruger. Don't launch straight into the difficult topics—connect on a more basic level first.
- To bond, use icebreakers backed by neuroscience and psychology: Share a meal, watch some comedy, see awe-inspiring art, go on a tough hike together—sharing tribulation helps break down some of the mental barriers we have between us. Then, get down to talking, putting your humanity before your ideology.
- The Charles Koch Foundation is committed to understanding what drives intolerance and the best ways to cure it. The foundation supports interdisciplinary research to overcome intolerance, new models for peaceful interactions, and experiments that can heal fractured communities. For more information, visit charleskochfoundation.org/courageous-collaborations.
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