I am writing this blog post on the new Apple iPad while on a plane returning from the Newschools Venture Fund Community of Practice and Summit in Washington DC. There, at the nation's capital, a gathering of education entrepreneurs from across the country explored the themes of technology and innovation.
Social media and 21st century tools play important roles in educational advocacy. And as part of an unaffiliated group of 12 educators who began a relationship as bloggers and Facebook account holders, I soon discovered this to be quite true when we embarked on an online road to Washington DC in an attempt to catch the ear of the U.S. Secretary of Education himself. And on May 24, 2010, that's just what we did.
I've recently exchanged some emails with Donna Mann, from the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC. She and her colleagues in the museum's education division have spent a lot of time developing many wonderful resources for educators, parents, and children.