Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

NECC 2008 Button Contest: The Learning Revolution

Scott McLeod has announced an official contest to develop a logo for the phrase, “I’m here for the learning revolution.” Scott’s idea for these buttons in advance of NECC 2008 and this contest was a motivator for my post last week about wanting to write a book with this title.

Scott’s center (CASTLE) is paying for contest prizes and the buttons, and promises “Anyone who attends the Edubloggercon 2008 and [the] Classroom 2.0 ‘LIVE’ session at NECC gets a free button.” I am glad to see Scott taking this phrase “Here for the learning revolution” and running with it! I hope wearers of this button at NECC and afterwards will invite others to ask some natural questions. These might include:

  1. What is the learning revolution?
  2. How can I help advance the agenda of the learning revolution in my school and community?

In my view, the learning revolution is not about picketing and protests, it’s about powerful creativity and collaboration. It’s about making normative claims for what education SHOULD be like by showing others in our communities the engaging, digital learning projects of our students. Creating and collaborating. Those are the keys. Paul Wood’s post today, “Are you part of the Revolution?” provides an excellent example of what operationalizing the learning revolution can mean and DOES mean in some schools. After describing a recent powerful experience, when Sister Immaculee Mukabugabo from Rwanda spoke to students at his school, Paul wrote:

… we decided we needed to start our own voices project. In the next few days we hope to have posted to our school site a section called “Voices.” This will be voices of people that have spoken to the students on different subjects with Sister’s being the first one. We also hope to include many others who have stories to tell. The power of the voice will truly be something for us to be a part of, continuing to take us further down the road of revolution.

The digital learning revolution. It’s real. It’s here, And you’re invited to not merely spectate, but participate, as a catalyst for learning change in your local community.

Thanks to Scott for sponsoring this button contest. I’m hopeful these buttons and this phrase will catalyze even more conversations about needed changes in our schools and PRACTICAL PATHS FORWARD for those of us who have volunteered to join the learning revolution.

Australian student photographed by Marco Torres

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