Looking Forward to ACU ConnectEd Summit 2011
I’m off to Abilene for the 2nd ACU ConnectEd Summit 2011, appropriately titled “Turning the Page, the next chapter in education”. I’m looking forward to meeting Steve Wosniak, wondering if Adrian Sannier’s Pearson perspective on “burn down the libraries” has changed and will Karen Cator offer hope for how the Department of Education is dealing with all of this mobile computing change. Those of us who have actively participated in the mobile transition remember the 2009 ACU ConnectEd summit as an event that shaped the initial explosion of mobile computing in the world. However, today that explosion has spread far beyond our educational borders. So this summit is still extremely important for how education opens the next chapter but we are no longer as influential. And this is most evident in that we are reacting to the mobile transition rather then influencing it. But that is just economic reality.
We academics may not be influencing the mobile effect in our world, but we may understand it better then most. Over the last few weeks we have witnessed unprecedented political change in the middle east. And we cautiously attribute some of it to social networking allowed because of mobile communication. We know it is not as simple as jumping on Facebook and joining the revolution. However, there is a deeper understanding of the power of social networking and collaboration that may very well have come from our halls of learning. It is this power that I hope to better understand and mentor for the good of teaching and learning with a greater responsibility for how this may influence our world and our future. Looking forward to some stimulating discussions over the next few days in Abilene, TX.