I had the opportunity yesterday to attend the Smart Classrooms eLearning Innovation Expo at the Brisbane Powerhouse. What an experience. I always come away from days such as these inspired to do more in my teaching practice, and this time is no different. However my inspiration this time is not generated from teachers doing wonderful things in their classrooms.
We were fortunate to have Michael Furdyk as a keynote speaker. Michael runs the online space TakingITGlobal. What this man has achieved is absolutely amazing. His commitment to education worldwide is astounding. I took most inspiration from how he has connected students across the world and encouraged them to take action to address social injustices that other populations experience. Phenomenal achievements and caring shown by students working within this space.
This inspires me as my pet subject, Health Education, has at its core the recognition of social injustices and development of actions to address these. Michael has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities, and potential learning that I am simply not capable of within my current practice.
I urge you, read a bit about Michael and be amazed at what human compassion and commitment can achieve.
Thanks Michael, you've had an impact on me already. My brain is racing with ideas and a thirst to know more.