Liz Davis wrote a summary of her take away from EduCon, which I think reflects the elusive feeling I took away from the weekend. Before continuing please read her post. I left the following comment, which I continue below.
I too have this odd, elusive feeling leaving EduCon. Seems more intense this year then in the past. I am not sure if it is frustration, annoyance, or what. I just know I leave unsettled. I have always thought that unsettled feelings help drive learning and change.
… I felt this way at more traditional conferences, where I thought okay we have new tools, now what? Then I discovered EduCon and I thought wow this is more like it, we were thinking beyond the tools, focusing on learning and the need for change. Now, I am saying, now what? The conferences are part of the learning continuum and there is value in each type. I think now I am looking for something different and I am not sure what that is. My thoughts tend to lean more to toward learning then toward schooling. I guess I am getting cynical, some times I do not think they are related.
to look at examples of excellence, I know they are out there.
to examine practical models of change.
parents to know what I know, if they only knew.
to continue to explore ways to give value to learning that takes place out of schools.
I want to be able to concisely describe what I have been thinking but you can’t have everything.