Rae Niles forwarded the song “I Need My Teachers To Learn” to me today, and I was blown away. The song was written by Kevin Honeycutt of ESSDACK, and Charlie Mahoney from Turning Point Learning Center (TPLC) helped with percussion as well as some Garageband vocal adjustments to make him sound even more awesome! The video was shot and produced by Shawn Gormley, a friend of Kevin’s. Take three minutes to watch this video version on YouTube, and I’m confident you’ll be touched as I was.

Kevin Honeycutt is not only one of the most passionate and charismatic change agents for engaged, digital learning around, he’s also one of the most talented. This video provides clear evidence. If you’re looking for more, check out the Ustream archive from Kevin closing comments at the 2009 PodStock 2009 conference in Wichita, Kansas. Yes, he did play the iPhone guitar app! This man is not only a great speaker, he’s also got CREATIVE MUSIC SKILLS!

Catch up with Kevin by following him on Plurk. 🙂

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  • The video was shot and produced by Shawn Gormley, a creative partner who helps me on projects: )

  • You’re right I was blown away! I work in the VET sector and this video applies equally to VET practitioners. We all need to continually learn and professionally develop to make learning as creative, innovative and interesting for the people we teach and to inspire them as well as ourselves.

  • Jim Cottrell

    Last year I was lucky to follow Kevin H. on Plurk. This year Plurk is blocked by my district and Kevin’s imput is a big loss. I also miss my Plurk connection along with the people Kevin influences.

  • What was the rationale your district provided for blocking Plurk, Jim? What district are you in? Is this something that a project group (like Unmasking the Digital Truth) could address with your district on your behalf?

    I can imagine it’s extremely frustrating to lose that connection at school to your PLN. I’d love to help constructively address this situation with you.

  • Tammy G. Parks

    I am going to post this in Moodle for my classes tomorrow (convergence journalism) and ask my students to compile a list of “I Need My Teacher To Learn . . .”

    I am currently leading the charge for technology integration efforts at Howe Public Schools in Howe, OK . . . a deep chasm of tech skills is emerging as we prepare our HS staff for a 1:1 laptop initiative. We need more time for prof devp!!!!!! – not all teachers spend all their waking hours chasing technology trends like I do. How do we bridge the gap, and keep all staff moving forward?? Here’s the tech directors version, “I Need More Prof Devp Time So My Teacher Can Learn . . .”

  • I Need My Teacher To Learn

    D G Em
    In the 27th row of her college class, she was working real hard and trying to pass
    D C D
    She studied all night for the test she took but she couldn’t use the notes on her own

    macbook
    C D G
    He’d told em that note cards were things they needed and he wouldn’t change his
    Em
    mind though she begged or pleaded
    C Am D G
    the dark red F was no surprise, as the tears formed in her eyes, she said

    (chorus)
    C D G Em
    kids are changing any fool can tell and the ways that you teach em have to change as

    well
    C D G Em
    you might not like it cause we grow up fast but prepare us for the future and not your

    past
    C Am D C D G
    There’s not one minute to burn, I need my teachers to learn

    D G Em
    In detention hall there’s a quiet young man with his head hung low a phone in his

    hand
    D C D
    he’s asking his Dad to feed his dog cause he tried to post a story to his own blog
    C D G Em
    he was hoping that people would read his words cuz an audience of one seems a bit

    absurd
    C Am D G
    what ever happened to compromise he said the school should realize that
    C D G Em
    kids are changing any fool can tell and the ways that you’re teachin have to change as

    well

    C D G Em
    you might not like it cause we grow up fast but prepare us for the future and not your

    past

    C Am D C D G
    There’s not one minute to burn, I need my teachers to learn

    D G Em
    In a third grade room in a tiny town there’s a blue eyed girl who’s feelin down
    D C
    she’d tried to to bring her daddy to her show and tell and he was gonna skype em all
    D
    and wish them well
    C D G
    She showed em all the camera on her Mom’s netbook but they wouldn’t let her
    Em
    do it on the school network
    C Am D G
    the man in camo never called, he was blocked by a firewall she said

    (chorus)
    C D G
    things are changing any fool can tell and the ways that you’re teachin have to
    Em
    change as well
    C D G Em
    you might not like it cause we grow up fast but prepare me for the future and not your

    past
    C Am D C D G
    There’s not one minute to burn, I need my teachers to learn
    C D G
    they need their teachers to learn

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