I took these questions from EdCampIowa, a program dedicated to exploring the big questions facing education right now. I have heard so many of them posed in discussions around our campus, that I thought I should post them here.
1. What is the future of learning? And what implications does it have for how we do teaching and schooling?
2. What if we didn't have class periods?
3. How can we help kids think more deeply?
4. Are high school diplomas and university degrees still necessary for credentialing?
5. What percentage of teachers' work will be replaced by learning software, online classes, virtual tutors, and/or robots?
6. How can schools better empower students' agency and voice?
7. What are some great learning technologies for students in math (or P.E. or science or ...)?
8. If we could rebuild from scratch how we do school, what might it look like?
9. What kinds of state-level educational policies do we need?
10. How can we keep from feeling overwhelmed all of the time?
11. What if we didn't ignore that most of the time students are bored?
12. How can we take better advantage of our new digital learning spaces to improve professional development?
13. What if students were in charge of school discipline?
14. How can we better learn from other educators and schools?
15. Do students still need to memorize anything?
16. What might school look like if students were in charge of teaching at least 20% of the time?
17. What is getting in the way of us changing faster?
18. How can preschool and elementary students use digital tools in powerful ways?
19. What are better ways to involve our parents and community with our students?
20. Do we really need grades?
21. What would school look like if we didn't have administrators?
22. How is the Common Core different from what we're doing now?
23. What if students got to choose what they worked on?
24. Are tablets or Chromebooks viable 1:1 devices?
25. How can we better facilitate school-university partnerships?
26. What might be some ways that our students could REALLY contribute to their community?
27. Is problem-based learning all it's touted to be?
28. What has to go in order to make competency-based student progression work?
29. In a multimedia world, what is the future of reading?