Change the World.

First week of school over and done.  I had the kids add 6 apps to their devices… and several of them have already started tweeting and sending me notes on My Big Campus.  I hope to make this school year one full of embedded technology learning and growing.  The goal is to prepare the children for their futures.

I attended a Google Apps for Education conference today.  Chicago Public School’s Googlepaloosa was a good experience.  My take away?

Don’t ask the child what they want to be when they grow up, ask them how they want to change the world.

This of course begged the question, what do I want to do to change the world.  How do I change the world, one person at a time.  Education impacts the world in a way no other profession ever will, yet, some behave as if, they function in a vacuum and all that learning they have was gained through osmosis.

When I was growing up, I wanted to find a cure for cancer.  That’s how I wanted to change the world.  I modified that goal for myself over time, yet feel, I still create change in my daily dealings with people.  Not all appreciate my efforts, I know this, and that’s ok.  If what I say or do isn’t for you, its for someone else.

I need to start thinking about my new 5 year plan.  I can’t do that until I tweak my 1 year plan.  I still want to leave the classroom.  I still want to consult and provide professional development.  I still want to help teachers walk gingerly toward the technology light.  That’s the short term way of changing the world.  I need to work on the long term plan.  I’ll work on it.

My favorite session at Googlepaloosa: “Design Doing: Fusing GAFE + Design Thinking“.  So many ways to turn my classroom into a think tank.  So may opportunities to help students see how they can change the world.  I can’t wait.

I recorded this session. The presenter didn’t have the biggest voice in the world and excuse my coughing in the background, I have a cold.. and was close to suicide at that point…check it out.

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