I wasn't even at InstructureCon, but I am feeling such a burst of energy and ideas from all the things I learned last week, and I am really looking forward to the videos for the Sheena Iyengar and Scott Barry Kaufman keynotes to come online (I would LOVE the Jewel interview too, but I'm guessing that runs afoul of her publicity arrangements and such). Thanks to the tweeters (especially Linda J. Lee!) who covered both of those keynotes in so much detail with both words and pix, I was able to follow both of those talks in a lot of detail, and they both resonated so much for me. I made a Storify with my tweets and re-tweets during both keynotes:
Update: Argh, I am so bummed out to find out that neither of these keynotes will be available as video. So now I am even MORE grateful to the tweeters!
Below is a tweet that for me captures a big tension in the range of topics at InstructureCon: on the one hand, there were some beautiful self-actualization talks like those by Iyengar and Kaufman (and also in Jewel's interview with Josh Coates), and on the other hand there was a lot of news about Gradebook, Quizzes, and other Canvas features that are about learning standardization and teacher control, very much the opposite of the open-ended human potential approach; these two items were side by side in the #InstCon stream, so I took a screenshot:
If we look at the Community, there's the same kind of range here also, with people sharing ideas about teaching and learning in very open-ended and experimental ways, with other people here to get answers to questions about very traditional school practices, with technology enabling the same kinds of quizzes and grading that we had in school when we were kids.
Just speaking for myself, I have no interest in quizzes or grades, but I have every interest in the ways that digital technology and online spaces create new opportunities for us to explore our creative potential, powers of genius that we never even knew we had before, both as teachers and as learners.
So, as soon as those Iyengar and Kaufman keynotes go up, I will share them here and hopefully that can provoke some good discussion, both for those who were at InstructureCon and those of us who were just getting a boost from the grooviness at a distance!
And with that good thought for the future, here is one of Kaufman's slides, with thanks to Michael Shunneson Michael Shunneson (I'm not sure which account he uses here!) for the photo tweet, which Google tells me is a quote from E. Paul Torrance that is featured in Kaufman's book, Wired to Create (I've had that book on my to-read list and now I know that I really MUST read it!).
"Life's most energizing and exciting moments occur in those split seconds when our struggling and searching are suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new, an image of the future... One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self-fulfillment seems to be falling in love with something — your dream, your image of the future."
And in the spirit of the #KeepOnLearning Canvas panda: