DAY 3 – Day 3 of Educon 2.6 opened with a panel discussion, Openness; Creating More Transparent Schools. The panelists included Alya Gavins, Jose Vilson (@thejlv), Christina Cantrill (@seecantrill) and Philipp Schmidt (@schmidtpsi).
There was conversation around what it means to be open & transparent as a teacher and as a school.
Vulnerability is present in being open.
Someone made the distinction between calling somebody out versus calling people in to say we can do this together. That resonated with me, as I think so often we get caught thinking in individual absolutes and we don’t think about the community in the way that we could. There are so many possibilities for collaboration, we just have to be open to them.
CONVERSATION: Modern Learning Alliance with Will Richardson (@willrich45) – Richardson asked, “Why school?” as we inspected our assumptions and challenged ourselves and others not be skeptical of technology. Watch the conversation as it unfolded.
CONVERSATION: Make Art, Not Pics with Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett) – In this session, Jarrett asked participants to think about context, composition & color in photographs, among other things. We took a photo walk through Science Leadership Academy photographing subjects and objects we found interesting. The conversation and sharing was lively. Check out some of our photographs via our twitter feed: #makeartnotpics.
CONVERSATION: Privileged Voices in Education with Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) & Jose Vilson (@thejlv) - The conversation was rich with personal stories from those in the room, clarifying and challenging assumptions. Watch the session here. Facilitating these types of conversations can be difficult. Watters & Vilson admitted to being a little nervous to bring this conversation to a conference that has a history of bringing together mostly white, fairly rich, technology savvy educators. The honest candor & vulnerability that Watters & Vilson brought to the conversation was appreciated – as was the opportunity to have the conversation. It’s conversations that help people begin to be aware, shift thinking and change minds. Thanks Audrey & Jose, for holding that space!
“Learning isn’t linear[!!!!!!]” YES!! Yet, still so many of our learning systems are linear. This is one way in which drawing your notes, whether you’re a student, educator, or…, can help you better understand. We can connect our ideas in various ways, allowing us to better understand context & the greater system within which something fits.
The group talked about microaggressions and the many different forms they can take on for different people. Microaggressions exist in our culture in places that many of us are unaware of, especially when your perspective is one of privilege – and that lens of privilege can be more complicated than meets the eye.
Another take away for me was to make sure to “Do your own research. Don’t take someone else’s word for it. Go there. Experience someone else’s world.” Sharing stories is a great way to learn, but being there in the moment can truly teach you so much more.
Sketchnotes by Amanda Lyons of VISUALS for CHANGE. If you’re interested in utilizing visuals in your teaching / learning / working feel free to reach out. I’d love to hear from you! Email: amanda(at)visualsforchange.com or find me on Twitter: @amanda_lyons