As well as being an advocate for on-line CPD and personal learning I also get invited to a lot of face-to-face CPD Events and have the opportunity to contribute to a lot of events as well. Increasing due to time pressure and other work commitments I have to turn a lot of things down but #EduPIc11 has certainly got my attention. Its taking place in Glasgow on Tuesday 20th September at Oran Mor.
Being organized by two people who I have a great deal of time and respect for Laurie O’Donnell and ‘The Real’ David Cameron and being billed as a fringe to the Scottish Learning Festival I think this will be an event not to be missed.
“The idea of the event is bring together around 100 people to share ideas and have a conversation about Scottish Education that goes beyond the details of how to implement Curriculum for Excellence."
The format of the event will be a conversation around three questions:
1) What could Scottish Education look like at its very best? (Re-imagining the future)
2) Where are we now? (Reflecting on the present)
3) What could we do to make it better? (Closing the gap)
I like the idea of starting the conversation with “What could Scottish Education look like at its very best?” far to often we focus these discussions on what we could do better? Or What we have done wrong?
I’m also a big believer that “we are where we are” and after the Imagineering around the first question about what could Scottish Education look like I hope that the attendees of #EduPic11 will be willing to have an open and honest discussion about where we ‘actually are’ now?
As well as the topic up for discusion the format of #EDPIc11 is very appealing to me as well. It is different to most traditonal conferences and has been designed to maximize active participation from participants. There will be no keynote speakers or roundtable discussions from ‘education experts’ and everyone regardless status will be on an equal footing with all experiences and thoughts both valued and up for discussion.
Finally, I was delighted to see that Graham Ogilvie (the conference cartoonist) and creator of our successful Internet Safety and Responsible Use Cartoons will also be capturing the event - which means at the end of it we should have a Real Education Picture (EduPic) for people to take away and reflect on.
And if you are going to #EduPic11 - hope to see you there!