Steven Anderson: Who Does this Stuff?
Connect Learning Today caught up with Steven Anderson in Atlanta.
Well, tried to catch up with him. You see Anderson was participating in a planned discussion as he walked… through halls, in an elevator, through a lobby and in cars… a hotel… using earbuds and an iPad. Most likely the conversation is still going on, because it was when we left him. The last we heard, he was saying something about education leaders preparing educators better….
Anderson’s traveling colleague on the trip was Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools, NC, Instructional Technologist Evan Herreid. Herreid just shook his head, and said, “He’s been doing this all the way from the airport on that iPad. Every once-in-a-while he loses them, but not for long. I don’t think they know.” At that point Anderson put his conversation on mute and said, “They’re are getting quite a variety of backgrounds—airport, back seat, elevator…”
Steven Anderson, @web20classroom, is an original… larger than life… bow-tie-wearing, and truly unique. You may know him for sharing more educationally sound tweets on Twitter, daily, than humanly possible. He may have even started your day with a word tweeted in kindness there. Maybe you’ve attended one of his presentations on social media, or on integration of technology into classrooms. And if lucky enough, cheered his education technology stand-up routine at a local unconference, or on a national stage, like ISTE. This director of instructional technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC is doing more than talking education and education technology change; he’s doing it and living it. As Evan Herreid says, “It runs in his veins.”
If you think about what Anderson did—a live video presentation, on the fly, and over a great deal of Atlanta real estate, it really has become something possible now. Just a couple of years ago it couldn’t be done—no one could stretch the line between the cans that tight. And what was highly telling from Anderson’s walk and talk was that no one said, “Hey, look what that guy is doing!” As Anderson walked, the people around him took what he was doing as natural. People even opened doors for him, and talked around him. The really cool thing that Steven was doing wasn’t lost on those close to him, who knew that this was different than what used to be, but for others around him… it was part of every day. Here’s a guy in an elevator talking education and professional development to an audience somewhere else… and actively answering interview questions. Who does this stuff? Well, Steven Anderson does, but the best part is that you can do it, too—if you have a mind to do it. Just make sure you have someone to open doors for you!