It’s unbelievable how much has grown from a tiny seed of an idea. In November, I had the idea to visit Tetsuya Miyamoto in his classroom in Tokyo, Japan. Now I am also preparing to speak to the Japanese media about blended learning on Monday. Yes, an American is going to Japan to show them how to teach math. Maybe that is twisting it a bit, but the sentiment is there. I am also preparing to stay with a Japanese family whose children studied with Miyamoto sensei, have lunch and dinner with two other students of his and their families, visit a few Japanese companies who are contributing to this new landscape of #edtech, and most importantly, I will observe master teacher Miyamoto sensei – creator of KenKen – in his own classroom. I have three different translators ready to go for different occasions (all people I’m excited to meet), and yet none of them will come with me to Miyamoto sensei’s classroom. Why? There is no talking in his classroom, so there is nothing to translate. It should be very interesting.
I will try to update the blog with as many stories, tidbits, and pictures every couple of days. Please comment and question! This should be a learning experience for everyone.