This is my first NCTM Conference since changing from being a public school classroom teacher to my increasingly evolving role as an online collaborative learning coach. I got to the conference this morning and am walking through the exhibitor booths rather than starting with the presentations.
The exciting development that I am discovering here is the seeping in of Open Educational Resources. I met some wonderful exhibitors with OER resources and free resources. In a later post I will try to highlight resources of value.
Last night we had Elizabeth Green (@elizwgreen) as the keynote speaker and she highlighted cultures of learning that worked. In particular, she spoke of Japanese education culture as a collaborative partnership between all stake holders. There was a common thread of cooperation and partnership described by the learning communities where visitors explored classrooms on a regular basis, teachers actively shared techniques that worked, and teachers engaging in development of learning standards and practices.
The two themes that integrated in my head was creating collaborative learning partnerships that give groups the ability to drill down further than any one individual could and the OER Commons (@OERCommons) model of encouraging educators to share resources that they feel work. Is it possible that we are engaging in the Japanese model already underneath the noses of the Educational Industrial Complex?
There is an overwhelming sense for me going through the conference that that many of these vendors are the walking dead and they don’t know it yet.