Thursday, October 14, 2010

#140Conf Detroit and The Nerdy Teacher

I have been asked to sit on a panel at the 140 Character Conference in Detroit on October 20th. I'll be sitting on stage with some amazing educators. Linda Clinton (@Linda704) will be the moderator of our group, LaRon Carter (@laroncarter) and David Britten  (@colonelb) are also on the panel. We are going to be discussing Real Time Communication (RTC) and Education. One question I will be addressing will be "What is the typical user perception of RTC in terms of what it can be used for, versus potential visionary uses for this new 'canvas'?" I would love to hear from my PLN on what they think about RTC in education.

Below are two Wallwishers I humbly ask you to look at. In the first one, I ask that you write down some common misconceptions of using RTC in the educational field. For the second Wallwisher, I ask that you write down some innovative uses of RTC in the educational field.

Thanks for taking the time to respond to these Wallwishers. Even though I was asked to be on the panel, I really want to share the thoughts of everyone in my PLN. I wouldn't be where I am today if it were not for you. Thanks again for being awesome.

- @TheNerdyTeacher


  1. The top Wall Wisher wasn't working, so I'll just add it here. The misconception is that there is no need for a teacher. No, you don't need a teacher standing at the front of the class - but you need a teacher who can facilitate the learning process. Someone has to be a guide.

  2. Blerg, Wallwisher doesn't want to work! I agree with J Allen's misconception, thought is that there is no need for teacher. Another misconception: it is dangerous because it opens kids up to predators.

    Good uses- what you are doing with it w/ Vanmeter kids, connecting kids to experts via skype (see Henrietta Miller's Story of learning w/ Antarctica here:, skype an author network, etc.

    Good luck, you are going to bowl them over with your awesomeness.

  3. um - my bad. i added my positive thought to the top (negative) wall, and now i can't figure out how to delete & add to the correct one. sorry :)


Please post your thoughts here. Thanks!