Inspiring Will Richardson video (found via Twitter)

This is an amazing 5-minute video by Will Richardson about how the world we’re learning in is different from the world our children grew up in. It’s REALLY worth seeing. Stop reading now and watch it.

If you are a rebel who does not follow directions, or if you need more convincing before you click on the link to the video, Will makes several great points — he starts with this one:

And I know that this is stretching it a little bit … but it’s plausible that I could learn physics on this phone.

Content is not scarce any more … teachers are not scarce any more … my children don’t need school in the same way that I needed school — they have different opportunities (assuming they are connected to the internet)

Will ends by noting that “It’s about doing meaningful real work. School should be real life.”

Will is a compelling speaker and if you have not stopped reading and watched the video yet, you really should do so now. It’s only 5 minutes long (okay, 5 minutes and 31 seconds) and it’s well worth watching and sharing with colleagues.

So that’s the “inspiring Will Richardson video” part of this blog entry.

But the reason for the rest of this blog post — the “(found via Twitter)” part — is that I think it’s pretty cool how I happened to find this video via Twitter.

This video is not posted on Will’s website (at least not yet), and it’s not something that has been popularly shared online — at least not to my knowledge.  Perhaps you reading this post will change that. If you like the video, please share it with your learning network or at least email it to a few friends.

But now I hope you are wondering: how did Steve find this video clip???

Well, that’s where Twitter comes in.

For new readers to this blog, I have written about the benefits of Twitter three times recently.  I think it is the tool that has most changed my learning in 2011, and I only started tweeting regularly in August 2011.

A few days ago, I wrote about the value of blogging and tweeting in a post called Why blog?; in December, I wrote To Tweet or Not to Tweet (the answer is: Tweet); and back in September 2011, I wrote Why you should use Twitter, a thus-far failed attempt to get my wife to tweet in any significant way. If you are not into Twitter yet, please consider it.

Let me explain how Twitter led me to this inspiring video:

A few nights ago, I was adding to the list of people I follow on Twitter.  For those of you who don’t know Twitter well, when you start to follow someone new (“following” means receiving their tweets in your Twitter stream), Twitter suggests people who tweet things kind of similar to that person, who you might also consider following —

For instance, here’s what Twitter recommends when I view Jason Ramsden’s page on Twitter (Jason’s Twitter name is “@raventech” because he’s the Chief Technology Officer at Ravenscroft, a great PK-12 school in Raleigh, NC):

[For Twitter newbies: the @ sign is what everyone’s Twitter account starts with — I’m “@SteveG_TLC” because someone else grabbed @stevegoldberg before I could get it; TLC is short for Triangle Learning Community, the middle school I’m opening in 2013]

I respect Jason and would like to see Twitter accounts similar to his — so at some point I might want to follow @dfrankel or @jbeaver…

But what happened to me a few nights ago was that while I was adding a few people, Twitter suggested that I look at a person who works at Proctor Academy, a woman named Kim Hurlbutt Kulacz — here’s her profile from Twitter:

I clicked on Kim’s account, and saw her most recent tweets, known as her “Twitter stream.” What drew my attention and made me decide to follow Kim was this second entry (circled below in red) that mentioned one of the people who’s had a huge influence on my thinking in the past five years — Will Richardson.  According to Kim, Will “reinvigorates” the faculty at Proctor Academy:

I clicked on Kim’s link and was wowed by the video clip from Will’s presentation, which he must have delivered early in 2012 at Proctor Academy.

Without Twitter, there’s no way I would have found that video clip from a school in New Hampshire that I’d never heard of before (no offense to Proctor Academy — looks like a very cool place).

It’s so wonderful that Will Richardson allowed himself to be video taped, and it’s doubly wonderful that Proctor Academy shared that video clip from Will’s presentation on its school website.

And it’s not like Proctor Academy is hiding the video — you can go to Proctor Academy’s website (I just did) and see the video listed on its home page — it’s called “Live to Learn” and it’s circled in red below:

But without Kim’s tweet, not too many people outside of the Proctor Academy network are going to stumble upon Will’s video. Kim has about 500 followers on Twitter, and they have followers, and you get the idea —

It’s an amazing time to be learning and sharing and thinking about all the changes going on in education. If you don’t get connected, using resources such as Twitter, you might miss some very cool stuff…

And when you see something cool, do what Kim did — share it! Blog about it; tweet it; get the word out. If you don’t tweet or blog yet, that’s fine — share by other channels.

My friend Michael Ulku-Steiner, Headmaster of The American School in Switzerland (also known as TASIS) liked Will’s video enough to include it in the newsletter he curates and sends out to his school community every weekend.

Michael does not tweet (yet) 🙂 but here’s how he shared Will’s video, which I emailed to him a few days ago…

Michael notes, as he’s about to fly to London for a faculty recruiting trip, that it is “fun to see the pace and reach of good ideas.”

I’ll say it again — this is an amazing time to be learning and sharing and thinking about all the changes going on in education.

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About Steve Goldberg

I teach U.S. History at Research Triangle High School, a public charter school in Durham, NC, whose mission is to incubate, prove and scale innovative models of teaching and learning.
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