#EFF12: School Performance/Economic Success
#EFF12 (Twitter hashtag), Turning School Performance to Economic Success, is happening on January 19th during the Education World Forum at Central Hall, Westminster, London, UK. For those of us, who can’t make it to London, #EFF12 will be streamed live as well as archived for later viewing and listening. The replays can be used to start and bolster some wonderful education professional development initiatives, too.
What’s great about the live Education Fast Forward (EFF) debates is that anyone can participate through social media via Twitter. For educators and those who talk education, EFF has become sort of the Holy Grail for world education debate participation. Seriously, a regular classroom educator has the same standing in these events as the famous education gurus we read about and view online. Through Twitter, an educator’s ideas, and leadership comments can be heard, and in turn, everyone anywhere can comment upon those thoughts. There is nothing like it.
I’ve been following the Education Fast Forward debates since the beginning—both onsite and online. Through some very hard work, EFF now has foundation status. This happened a short time ago, due to many, especially with the guidance of Jim Wynn, who is Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of EFF, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Education. This is one education foundation to watch, because they seem to know how to bring the right people together, consistently, to take debate talk to action.
#EFF12 at the Education World Forum will consider “Turning School Performance to Economic Success”. The debate speakers, again, reads like a who’s who. The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher will kick off the debate in London, Stefan Dercon, DFID’s Chief Economist will represent arguments from a global economics point of view, and Njideka Harry, Founder and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation will conclude the debate. The panel in London will be joined by a live audience including ministers and ministries of education from a range of countries, and live participants by video conference from Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America, all countries with a keen interest in education and fostering economic success. #EFF12 will be streamed live to www.effdebate.org, with Twitter chat throughout.
Gavin Dykes, who is Co-Founder and Director of EFF, once shared that the origins for the idea for the Education Fast Forward debates dates back in history to 1700, and the Lunar Society. The Lunar Society, in the 1700s, got people to meet together to share their ideas, to discuss how they might develop those ideas, and learn from each other. It was called the Lunar Society, because they met on the night of the full moon, and guided by its light found their way home. Today’s EFF doesn’t wait for a full moon to meet, they come together as a group of people with a strong interest in education to discuss critical issues, and then move to action.
Please be on time, rise early, or stay up late to join the #EFF12 debate, scheduled for January 19, 2015 at 9:15 am GMT, which is 4:15 am EST to help make some new education history. What’s interesting is that no matter, where in the world these debates are held, educators and education leaders manage to reschedule their lives to attend. It’s that important. So, the London to New York time zone differences aren’t a factor for those, who want to hear some of the greatest minds in education debate—and more importantly participate and interact with them in real-time. Join us for #EFF12 and post your questions via Twitter!
About the Author:
Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is a Promethean storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.