Illustrated by Lisa Plenty Paper 53 on iPad

Our first two weeks of INF537 have been quite the thinking whirlwind! I had just returned from two weeks packed with PL (a few collated thoughts about these events can be found on my other blog here). To then launch into this intensive unit and start the term at work has been (continues to be?!) quite a challenge. However, as the countdown is now on to completing what has been an incredible degree (come November I will once again be able to breath), I know I will miss the collegial and collaborative interaction that has underpinned my Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation study.

It has been great already to share thinking with INF537 study colleagues around our growth as educators and connected learners and last Monday’s introductory colloquia with Bruce Dixon was a great start to the session to promote and inspire further thinking and sharing. However, on reflection, the session and my subsequent reading of Dixon and Richardson’s 10 Principles for Schools of Modern Learning has raised many questions for me.

Bruce posed the simple but important question – What is learning? In discussing the concept of modern learning, he noted that people have more trouble with the learning part than they do with the modern. These thoughts kick started a deep delve into what the bottom line is for us as educators in a modern context.

Concepts I found particularly important and relevant include:

  • The tendency in education to focus on efficiency over effectiveness (Richardson & Dixon, 2017) and thus miss opportunities for genuine learning
  • The need for a consistent and sustained approach – rather than just add-on change solutions like Hour of Code, Genius Hour and Makerspaces can be if not integrated sufficiently into overall practice (Richardson & Dixon, 2017)
  • That mission and vision are often disconnected from reality (also a concept raised in my recent Apple Distinguished Schools Summit professional learning) (Richardson & Dixon, 2017)

Some questions I am left with include (please share your ideas in the comments):

  • How might we bring innovation and inquiry into the core of education, rather than the fringes (Richardson & Dixon, 2017) within existing curriculum and systemic constraints?
  • How can we encourage educators to embrace rather than resist change?

Image source: Richardson, W. 2017. 10 principles for schools of modern learning. Retrieved from

  • How might we make a sustained shift to align the rate of change with the capacity for change in schools?









Richardson, W. 2017. 10 principles for schools of modern learning [site]. Retrieved from

Richardson, W. & Dixon, B. 2017. 10 principles for schools of modern learning.  Retrieved from