Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sir Ken Blogathon

I am honoured to have Joe Bower as a guest blogger on my site:

I am putting out a call for people to participate in a Sir Ken Robinson Blogathon.

This blogathon is in response to the Sir Ken Robinson Public Dialogue that is taking place in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada on February 9 and 10.
Rather than have Sir Ken Robinson simply show up and talk for a couple hours just so we can all go back to work the next day like nothing happened, I really wish to encourage us all to participate in a public blogathon. This way, Sir Ken Robinson's talk will act as a catalyst for others to talk and learn.
What is a blogathon?
  • A blogathon is just a bunch of people who want to write about something and then collect all the links in one, easily accessible place for all to see. It's a way of starting and continuing an important conversation.
How to participate:
  • Between now and February 20, blog about something related to education and Sir Ken Robinson. 
  • Write as few or as many posts as you like.
  • You don't have to attend the Red Deer event to participate. Anyone and everyone is welcome to give this a go.
  • If you have your own blog or website, go ahead and publish your post. To ensure that I find your post, please fill out this online participation form. This will allow me to collect and link to your post when I do up the summary for this event. If you want to link back to this post or leave a link to yours in the comment area, that would be groovy!
  • If you do not have a place to publish your thoughts, you can e-mail me, and I will share your post here on my blog and at My e-mail is
  • See that picture at the top of the post? You can use it as a badge to go with your post.
  • If you are on Twitter, share your post by using the hashtag #sirken
  • If you are a blogger, I challenge you to find a colleague who does not blog and get them to participate.
Prompts to spark your thinking:
  • What elements of Sir Ken Robinson's work inspires you?
  • What role should creativity play in education?
  • In what ways does school need to change?
  • How can school broaden its definition of achievement?
  • How can school do a better job of encouraging all children to find their passion?
  • What needs to happen so that school is something to be enjoyed rather than simply endured?
Please watch the following video: