Say it ain't so.
Some little birdie is telling me that in the middle of all the Twitter-fied revolutionary wikifest Moodle-talk that will be taking place in late January at the first ever EduCon 2.0 conference (@ Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA), some educational blog 'upstart'from Oregon is gonna be leading a session on school design? "Green" school construction, to be more accurate?
Well, I'll be dumb-fiddled. And intrigued. And definitely sitting in that audience with a "So, Designing School 2.0 Ain't Just Intellectual Blog Talk" banner waving overhead.
Sign me up, Jeremiah. Sign me up!
Oh, and perhaps with the one-two punch of Jeremiah's session -- "Little Green Schoolhouse (or School 4.0)" -- and the "Cyber Mentoring: A Case Study in Action" session co-led by school designer/architect Peter Brown and SLA student Allison Campbell, perhaps the American Institute of Architecture and Council of Educational Facilities International teams might want to take notice as to how their bread-n-butter topics are being integrated into these on-the-fringe edu-tech conferences.
Ain't the world a funny place.
Yet another example of 'just some high school kid with a blog' having the audacity to contact the conference organizers to see if he could travel from his home state to lead a session filled with adults who already know enough to fill a dozen walls with college degrees. Perhaps -- in my humble opinion -- the best bang-for-the-buck of why one should consider heading to Philly next month to be part of the EduCon 2.0 conference is (no offense offered, especially since I consider him a friend/mentor) NOT to see Will Richardson keynote and debate and WOW our collective minds (amongst other A-listers who are always worth listening to and learning from). No. All good, but not THE reason.
THE reason, IMHO, is that here is an wang-bang education conference that actually has 'kids' leading sessions. And not with the typical ain't-they-cute pat-on-the-head applause, either.
What do I mean? Besides digging how he's using the Chip In widget to raise funds virtually (look to the upper right of his blog when you go to this link) so he can pay for the entrance fee to the conference itself, check out what Arthus, this high school kid with the audacity to apply as a workshop speaker at an adult edu-conference, said in a recent blog post of his:
It is time: time for authentic student voices in the edublogosphere; time to hear from those who are affected by education the most; time to regard students as more than just blank floppy disks to be written upon. It is time for Students 2.0 - a new generation of students: articulating their experiences, exploring the future, finding the best, and besting the rest. In short, it is time for authentic student engagement in the classroom.
Get down with your bad, bad self, Arthus. And save me a seat in your EduCon 2.0 session, too!