What is this picture show?
- Impromptu NECC blogger-thon?
- Innovative teacher-led mash-up of the traditional classroom lecture?
- Transparent "School of the Future" without 3 of the walls?
Before we become too proud of ourselves, "average Joes" around the world are way, way, way, way ahead of the iceberg of educational change we're all pushing on here in the School 2.0 arena. In many parts of the world, transparent, anytime/anyplace, uber-connected learning and collaboration is just a Starbucks away. Don't need legislation or ed-tech conferences or arguments about semantics to pull it off. Their secret? Just do it.
The great irony? If we did nothing, would that stop the rest of the world from getting it done anyways?
P.S. For those heck-bent on making the obvious point: yes, yes, yes, Silicon Valley is HARDLY the 'real world', but I think you could find photos of kids in Finland or Japan with cell phones that would make the same point, and they couldn't care less about the iPhone or Silicon Valley. Or waiting for us to figure out the "future of learning" shift.