Asking students questions

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This Saturday, at Learning 2.0: A Colorado Conversation, we will have the privilege of hosting a student panel. During which , we will be able to ask the burning questions of intelligent and engaged students. I didn’t realize it until today, but it is so rare now that I take the chance to ask difficult and reflective questions of students.

I can’t believe that is rare. I never thought it would be when I left the classroom. But somehow, now that I am no longer in the classroom, I am starved for answers from students. Why should it be rare to ask important and big questions of students, for any educator (in the classroom or not)? For example, I want to ask some students about how facebook is changing the way that they write a research paper. I want to ask them why they aren’t using twitter. I want to ask them what they want to preserve from their school career into their working career. I want to ask them what matters in learning.

Does it makes sense to have a place to ask questions of students, to have them engaged in a larger learning network with adults (not as a selfish way of simply asking and not answering anything, I would like to give back to students in a wider network too)? I am struck that this may sound weird and kind of creepy, but I’m really interested in the idea of where the space is that adults and students interact. I know that Students 2.0 did a lot of work around this topic, but I am not sure that they/we have come up with a real learning environment that includes both adults and students.

Where does this exist?

Perhaps it starts with asking those questions of our panel on Saturday.Perhaps.

Submit the questions you would like engaged students to answer.

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