When the face-to-face conversation IS the innovation

Interesting post from The Glint.

The Glint Blog

Last week, the Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) hosted its second annual “Conversations with Innovators”

Socrates, ready for conversation. Socrates, ready for conversation.

at Temple University.  This invited event is intentionally kept small and intimate to enable participants, largely representing state departments of education and regional comprehensive centers, to engage in a dialogue with selected experts at the leading edge of educational innovation.  

Last year was CIL’s first time running this event, and our evaluation feedback reinforced how thankful participants were to engage in a more “low-tech” and personal way: a real dialogue about weighty and important topics related to innovation. There is so much web-based information out there (including this site), and virtual forms of professional development are gaining ground.  In fact, just yesterday I was involved in a meeting (virtually, naturally), when a colleague outside CIL described in-person meetings as “dinosaurs”…i.e., relics from another time, now replaced by more convenient and less expensive…

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