INF537 – Leading learning in a Web 2 world

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The above quote, from Pip cleaves’ presentation resonates not just for teachers, but also for libraries.

This quote and her wish,  that she wants for her students exactly what she would like for her own children…the kind of digital education that is perfect for entering an ever-changing world, were my biggest takeaways from Pip Cleaves’ colloquium in Week 3.

 

 

They align so beautifully with my favourite quotes (both of which appear in my CV):

“The illiterate of the 21st Century are not those that cannot read or write, but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”.  ~ Alvin Toffler, writer and futurist
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist…. using technologies that haven’t yet been invented…in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet”.  ~ Richard Riley, Secretary of Education under Clinton
and my favourite Shift Happens clip for demonstrating how much our world is changing.

My greatest fears are that we are not doing enough in education, that we are moving much too slowly; often overly concerned about the feelings of teachers who are struggling with technology, and not concerned enough about whether we are delivering a 21st century education to the next generation.

In ETL523, I highlighted a desperate need for schools to do so much more to support teachers in developing and delivering a genuine 21st century education, by providing considerably more opportunities for teacher learning and reflection. All too often we are caught up on the hamster’s wheel of hurry and do NOW, with little or no time to learn, implement, reflect and adapt again.

Pip shared bite sized bits of information and learning units that clearly demonstrated students’ innovative learning journeys. Her presentation showed us that even small inroads with individual teachers and classes can have a wonderful influence on student learning, teacher growth and creative planning.

Consequently, my second big takeaway from Pip’s presentation is…don’t be afraid to start small. Start working with those who are the in the early majority (Conyers & Wilson, 2015) and be patient with the late majority and laggards. They will get on board when they are ready and when your cohort of committed sardines (Jukes, 2016) exceeds 15-20%.

We are living in a digital world and change is afoot, albeit slowly in education.

References:

Conyers, M. & Wilson, D. (2015). Transform teaching with the diffusion of innovation. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/transform-teaching-diffusion-of-innovation-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

Jukes, I. (2016). Committed sardines blog.

Scott, K. (July, 2014). Did you know? Shift Happens Remix 2014. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcZg51Il9no 

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