Connecting the corners of the globe for Monday night professional development
Tonight, on twitter, I saw this tweet:
Evan Weingberg is an outstanding math and physics teacher teaching halfway across the world in China, so I thought, why not?
And once we got a few technical bugs worked out, Andy Rundquist and I got a private screening of Evan’s excellent talk on Geogebra, which showed me so me great ideas for using Geogebra—who knew it had both a CAS and a spreadsheet built in with very easy to use notation?
Here are a few thoughts about this:
- How cool is it that a teacher can just send out a tweet to get some feedback on a talk he’s giving at an upcoming conference and get a college professor and high school teacher from the complete other side of the world to join in for the rehearsal?
- How much better would conferences be if all presenters did this?
- Better yet, wouldn’t conferences be even better if these presentations were practiced and recorded in advance, and then we used precious face to face time for real collaboration? Yep, the flipped conference.
- How cool is it that when I want to learn a more about Geogebra, I can learn serendipitously from a teacher in China?
Remind me again why I should sign up for that expensive conference 4 months away that is going to tell me more about how to use some technology tool in the classroom?
Professional development is changing from the ground up. Who’s going to tell the conference organizers?