Over at Infinite Thinking Machine, Lucy Gray writes this about the TED (Technology Entertainment Design) 2007 conference:

It has occurred to me that there doesn’t seem to be much representation in TED specifically from the field of education. Perhaps education is not an “it” field of study. The essential questions for me, as an educator interested in innovation, then are: If education does not fit into the Technology, Entertainment and Design schema, is there a similar event for people deeply involved in our field? If not, what would an similar education-oriented event look like? Is there great interest by others in radically rethinking educational practices? Is there a conference that showcases stellar examples of innovative practices related to the academic, physical, social, and emotional growth of children?

I will go out on a limb here to say that I believe American education is indeed stagnant, and it would be inspiring to have the not only the best, but the most innovative, minds in education and related fields exchange ideas. Like TED, I would like for those passionate about education to have the opportunity to view all the pieces of the puzzle at once, and to reflect on what their own work brings to the table of change. Thinking outside of the traditional education box is critical as we attempt to educate 21st century students.

Way to throw down the gauntlet, Lucy. I like your title remix: Technology, Education, and Dreams. How about this for an alternative version of TED with a focus on innovation and education:

Instructional Technology, Education, and Dreams (insTED)

But seriously, speaking of radically rethinking educational practices. . .

At our technology faculty meeting earlier this week, Cara Hagen brought out the draft framework for ISTE NETS for Students Refresh. She walked us through the changes so far: combination of categories, reordering, etc. But the real kicker was the new category, listed right at the top:

Creativity and Innovation (new)

Students think creatively, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products using technology. Students:

A. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas and products.

B. use technology for creative self-expression.

C. use systems thinking to explore complex issues.

D. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

Not to overstate the case, but is this a sign that the quiet revolution is starting? This is new language pointing right to 2.0 realities: "generate new ideas and products," "systems thinking," "forecast possibilities." Remix, connect, communicate, express.

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