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Cool Links: David Warlick's Keynote at the K-12 Online 07 Conference

Posted Oct 8, 2007
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The K12 Online 07 Conference is in progress now, having started with David Warlick's keynote address, "Inventing the New Boundaries," today. In the keynote, Warlick examines just what it means now to be a student and/or a teacher.

In case you aren't familiar with it, the K12 Online Conference is 1) a free event that "invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning," 2) very much a cutting-edge professional development undertaking, and 3) cool, owing to 1) and 2) above. And because it's cool, it rates a "Cool Link" posting at

In the manner of today's students, who are known to listen to their MP3 players while they text their friends while they ponder tomorrow's pre-algebra homework problems, and do a few other things as well, no doubt, I am multitasking just now, watching as David Warlick's keynote address streams across my laptop screen even as I compose this posting to our Web site. (OK, that's only two tasks, but it's as much as I can manage simultaneously.) Warlick is telling me, and you, that "For the first time in history, we are preparing our students for a future that we cannot clearly describe." That is to say, the manner in which they will live and work in the future is going to be very different--in ways likely not yet imagined—from the manner in which we live and work now and our parents lived and worked before us. His talk and the rest of the K12 Online Conference will no doubt go on to help educators live up to that challenge. I plan to listen in and participate over the next several weeks.

Check on the K12 Online 07 Conference HERE , and listen to or watch (your choice!) David Warlick's keynote via links from HERE .

—David Hoffman

Ed., Multimedia & Internet @ Schools
Conference Co-chair, Internet @ Schools

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