Today is officially only Day 2 of the AASL conference, and there is an energy in the air. Web 2.0 seems to be the buzzword and everyone wants to figure out how to use “2.0” tools and technologies effectively to help improve student learning – to provide the kind of educational reform suggested by the terms “Library 2.0” and “School 2.0.” Daniel Pink’s keynote address was inspiring. He may have thought that he wrote his book, A Whole New Mind, for the business community, but he learned through the energy of the audience that the “Conceptual Age” has been dawning in school libraries for many years. We understand the importance of Play, Design, Symphony, Story, Empathy, and Meaning. Through helping kids make connections and good instructional design, we work side by side with teachers to provide the kind of inspiring learning experiences that will allow students to thrive in the 21st century by helping them to develop these key “senses.”
There is a large group of Colorado educators attending AASL. I challenge you to blog about some of your experiences at AASL –share the big ideas that you will take home and implement in your schools!