5 observations from Learning & the Brain

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The Learning & the Brain education conference in Boston sparked numerous observations about education and other topics. I presented results-only learning and mobile and web tools and saw a few other presenters, during my two days at the conference. Here are my observations in no particular order.

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  1. Will Richardson is one really cool dude. Will and I have communicated on Twitter and via email, but this was the first time I saw him present. He did a keynote on why we do school, based on his book. Not only are his slides and videos sharp and engaging, he’s smart, smooth, funny and insightful. Bottom line — Will is a really cool dude.
  2. The Westin Hotel in Boston has the best view of any hotel I know. The staff may have botched my reservation, but they made up for it by putting me on the top floor with a remarkable panoramic view of one gorgeous city.
  3. Some teachers are starving for change. In two amazing sessions, many of the over 250 attendees asked thoughtful questions, obviously eager to transform learning in their classes and schools. I only wish the “I-want-something-different” virus these people have would spread across America.
  4. I love speaking to educators. As much as I miss middle school students, conferences like this make me realize how rewarding it is to share best practices with educators. 
  5. Boston Beer Works truly does have the juiciest burger money can buy, which is the micro brewery’s slogan. Enough said.

Mark Barnes is an education author and consultant and the publisher of Brilliant or Insane. Learn more about Mark on our Team page. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series, The uNseries, and other books from some of education's most reputable teachers and leaders. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Connect with @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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