Will Richardson: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education

February 22, 2012

What added value do traditional public schools bring to today's children, in a world where 2 billion potential "teachers" and unlimited content are accessible on-demand via the device in the palm of your hand?

Unfortunately, in too many classrooms across Texas and the nation, the current answer is "not much," internationally renowned education blogger Will Richardson told guests at a series of Houston A+ Challenge events held Feb. 21-22.

"If all we're about is getting answers right on 'the test,' then Knewton or Google or Khan Academy can do it better, in many cases," said Richardson, who spent 18 years as a public school teacher and 4 as an administrator.

Yet none of these technology-driven content delivery systems is as powerful, meaningful, or life-changing as utilizing technology to connect directly with other passionate learners in a worldwide online network.

Richardson challenged Houston educators to take the first step: Start to use online networks to expand and deepen your own personal and professional learning, he said, and you also will learn how to model such effective use of technology for students.

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  • Read the Tweet feed from these events at #edtechTX

As a follow-up to the events with Will Richardson, Houston A+ Challenge will host a live chat on Twitter from Noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, using the hashtag #edtechTX. The guiding question is: How do you (or could you) utilize online networks for your own professional learning, networking, or collaborative projects?

To join in the discussion, create a Twitter account and visit the feed for #edtechTX or type "edtechTX" into the search box on Twitter on the time and date of the chat. When you post a comment, simply include #edtechTX anywhere in each Tweet and it will be automatically included in the feed.