The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) is hosting our first tweetchat.
Thursday October 14, 2010 from 4:00- 5:00 Eastern time, Washington DC/New York (check your time zone via world clock )
Topic: Future of Education
Hashtags: #futrchat #apf
We welcome anyone that is interested in the future and/or education to join us.
Jennifer Jarratt and I plan to co-host; I think Jennifer will be throwing out questions and I’ll try to spark conversations. If you have ideas for questions, please send them to either of us.
What’s a TweetChat?
You can view the tweet chat a couple of different ways:
Tweetchat is a special site just for this purpose.
Tweetdeck you can search for the hashtag #futrchat which will open a column with all the tweets in a timeline.
Tweetgrid you can search for multiple terms: #futrchat, #apf, education, future, or any of our twitter names.
I have participated and lurked on a few chats over the past six months. What I’ve learned is:
Always include the hashtags #apf #futrchat somewhere in the tweet.
When you arrive, say hello and introduce yourself briefly.
Always start your response with the number of the question, Q1, Q2 and so on.
If you like someone’s comment, retweet it so that others see it.
Add links if appropriate, which builds value. People can read these later.
Comment as often as you think of something, at least once per question.More comments are better.
Ask other people direct questions if they say something that intrigues you.
We are building a community and exploring a topic. I hope in the end we have a transcript from Tweetchat to share. More importantly, I hope we learn something together.
Future of Education
A few of the futurists in APF specialize in education and plan to participate. I worked on nearly 100 education facilities as an architect and teach in higher ed.
That’s the thing about education – we all have a vested interest. Education matters. People are immersed in today’s education problems; the key here is to think long-term.
What will be our problems, our needs, our realities in 2020, 2030, or 2050?
In terms of education, are we preparing people for careers in 1990 or 2030? How do we deal with the explosion of change? Longer life spans? Who are the students? What is knowledge in 2030 or 2050? Its speedy obsolescence? New technologies? What tools, new or old? Preparing teachers? Building schools? Engaged and integrated in communities, at home, or in classrooms? Participatory action learning? Global connections? Remote teaching, remote learning? Creativity, practical vocations, science, math emphasized? If everyone learns differently, how do we build learning communities?
Dr. Michael Wensch, an inspiring teacher and cultural anthropologist, studies the effects of technology on students. I recently saw him speak at a TEDxKC event, a treat.
You are the key!
I hope you will join us! Thursday October 14, 2010 – 4:00 East coast US time. Let me know if you have any questions, here or on twitter as @urbanverse.
We plan to do these on the second Thursday of the month. Your ideas for improvements, new topics, and questions are appreciated. We may invite special guests at future chats, including some APF members.
Here’s a few education links from my delicious site.