Thursday, September 15, 2016

Most Likely To Succeed

Last night South Eastern School District hosted a screening of the movie Most Likely To Succeed.  Present at the screening were local teachers, students, parents, and administrators as well as administrators and teachers from neighboring school districts. The movie could speak for itself but we choose to have a panel discussion following the movie.  Prior to the screening, we ran a slideshow for the audience (see below).  The slides were sent by the film company to assist in starting the conversation.  We choose to take it a step further and encourage dialogue using digital tools before, during and after the movie.      



The direction slides (above) were running on the main screen and we had a secondary screen with the Padlet open.  As you can see by the Padlet we did not have much participation before the movie began.  Feel free to join the conversation now if you would like.



Dr. Kaufmann introduced the video and reminded the audience that we want them to join the conversation on the Padlet and on twitter using the hashtag #sesdml2schat.  The screen switched to the twitter feed and the movie came on.  A few tweets started to show and then a large portion of the audience, teachers, administrators and students began tweeting to the hashtag and connecting.  They had a discussion about the movie without talking during the movie.  It was great to watch and participate in.  I know that many people are not comfortable with that type of communicating but it can be a powerful thing.  See the transcript of the twitter chat here
The panel discussion was brief but powerful.  Teachers spoke about what they would like to do in their classrooms.  Students spoke about their most rewarding courses and how the arts were an important part of their schooling.  Parents were able to ask questions about basic knowledge and their concerns with this shift.  Dr. Kaufmann invited everyone in attendance to continue the conversation online or in person at our next community meeting on October 4, 6:00 at KD.  It is my hope that the conversation will continue and the students of South Eastern School District will continue to receive a progressive education to strengthen the global community.

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