Catching the Flattening Bug and the Great Debate of 2008

A simulpost with my blog on Edtechteacher Ning

Tonight I had dinner with Tom Daccord as we continued to prep for tomorrow's workshop. I must say that I am so impressed and continue to be impressed with The Great Debate of 2008. Tom, the project's founder shared how the project started with a simple few wiki pages and a Ning and how it basically took on a viral life of its own. He said that the students were so eager to share and far exceeded his expectations.

This is it! It is flattening. Authentic audiences with authentic research with differentiated artifacts and good teachers — it is so powerful it is addictive.

As I listened to him talk, I could see it. I could see the glint. THAT GLINT. Sort of like an adrenaline junkie who has first gone skydiving and you know they are hooked — the glint of someone who has seen the thrill of excellent, meaningful education where the students are motivated and just almost wear you out with how much they do. It is addictive and just great!

Now, we're getting ready for class tomorrow and you can see our agenda on the wiki. On Friday at 1 pm EDT we will be using Elluminate to reflect on what we have learned. (If you are in the workshop, feel free to share the agenda page – the link will be posted there on Friday morning. People from anywhere can participate as you have your Teacher Summit to reflect on what you have learned.)

I am so excited about this workshop – it has been a chance to take the materials and content that Julie and I have developed and take it to the next level!

So, if you're in the workshop – see you tomorrow!

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Vicki Davis

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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