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This morning I keynote at a military event. I am remixing much of the content from a previous presentation I gave at MobiLearn Asia 2013, Jailbreaking Schooling with Mobile Learning.

As I am scheduling this blog entry, I will probably be in the middle of my presentation.

I have more time with this presentation and the audience is going to be several times larger than at the conference.

I have asked participants to bring their smartphones to participate in a poll, backchannel, and think-pair-share activities. If they are allowed to use QR readers, they can scan the ones that litter my presentation. It is my small way of changing what happens at keynotes.

The Cambridge Schools Conference will be held in Singapore on Wednesday and Thursday.

A small team from CeL and a few NIE academics have been invited to share mobile learning practices with our apps.

I will also be part of a panel on Thursday. I have prepared several talking points in my usual way: Google Slides dominated by visuals. I find this approach forces me to really know my stuff in order to tell good stories.

Why the drop of water you ask? Depending on your perspective, the impact can be a mere drop in the bucket (little effect if you distance yourself from the issues) or look like a big and beautiful splash (major effect if you get up close and personal).

I wonder how many people understand the pressures of being asked to keynote an event or to deliver a presentation.

I recall a comedian who cited an unreferenced survey about what people fear most. At the top of the list was public speaking. The second on the list was death. The comedian joked that statistically speaking people would rather die than speak publicly.

I do not like public speaking, but for reasons different from what you might expect. I can get comfortable on stage and in the zone. If it looks like I am having fun up there, I am!

But I dislike public speaking for what it tends to stand for. Lecturing. A sage on the stage. Sharing expertise.

I would rather be facilitating an experience. I am good at being a guide on the side. I would rather share stories.

I shuffled off the old skin of being a lecturer a long time ago. But I get asked to stand and deliver from time to time. Of the four speaking engagements I have this month, two are favours for people I know.

I dislike the pressure to deliver. By this I mean two things. First, the expectation to say something profound or inspiring. Second, to get this done in X minutes.

I am not a Sir Ken Robinson (very few are) although I have my moments. Furthermore, a clever turn of phrase and a fleeting moment of inspiration on my part does not necessarily lead to action.

I love collecting beautiful quotes. But words that move are rare. Action begets action.

That is why when I am asked to speak, I ask if I can tell stories instead. If I am at a conference I create “naughty” titles, urge change, or even moot for unconferences. This is my way of trying to devalue the currency of talks.

I will admit that delivering keynotes is a way to reach a lot of people. But people sitting down and listening, or even coming up to me later and telling me they are inspired, is not my metric of success. I do not need to feed my ego on that.

I want to know what people are going to do with what they think they have learnt. A presentation is not going to help with that.

That is why presentations weigh heavily on my mind.

I will be sharing my thoughts on video game-based learning tomorrow at the International Symposium for Technology-Enhanced Learning 2013.

Click on the image above or this link to view the presentation.

I collaborated with another presenter to put our presentations, resources, and backchannel (SoapBox) at this Google Site.

I was also invited by the keynote speaker to use Flipgrid to introduce myself and share my thoughts on educational technology before the symposium starts.

Flipgrid is Flash-dependent and therefore not mobile-friendly. In my view, that makes it less suitable for teaching and learning already. Not just from a technical standpoint but from a combination of usable, social, and pedagogical factors.

I love tinkering and that is why I contributed to the effort. It was an opportunity to create and be creative. But I also stepped back and reflected critically about what this means for teaching and learning.

Today I present this topic at MobiLearn Asia 2013. Click on the image below for the Google Presentation.

This is a better tuned and rescripted (but still imperfect) version of the one I did at DESA 2013.

I am really just challenging assumptions and throwing a belief system out into the open to see if it attracts butterflies or wolves.


The final quarter of 2013 is going to be a busy one for me.

I have five speaking engagements (one standard presentation, two panels, two keynotes). Four of the five take place in October!

  • Presentation: Jailbreaking Schooling with Mobile Learning* (MobiLearn Asia 2013)
  • Panel member: How I implement game-based learning (International Symposium on Technology-Enhanced Learning)
  • Panel member: The implications of new technology on education stakeholders (Cambridge Schools Conference)
  • Keynote: Rehash of * for a military audience (shh!)
  • Keynote: Progressive strategies for implementing and sustaining e-learning (International Congress on e-Learning)

Each time, I am going to try something a bit different. But I might leverage on something to backchannel for all.

I also have a book chapter to write and a five-part YouTube series on the Flipped Classroom!

But like a busy bee, I think I will be collecting and bringing pollen to be shared for the greater good. I just hope I do not get stung!


The screenshot above is the second slide where I introduce my DESA “miniskirt” presentation on jailbreaking education.

I am sharing my presentation openly under the Creative Commons BY NC SA licence.

I do this in order to walk the talk. To jailbreak education you must question established practice in order to do what you think is right or to push the boundaries of what is acceptable.

So go ahead and reuse, redistribute, and remix. This is the new normal.

Part of the CC deal is to attribute first, but not everyone does this. As I reflected earlier in good theft and bad theft, what goes around comes around.

I also take some measure of comfort that anyone can say what I say, but only I can do what I do.

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