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a Whimsical Commentary on the ADL Initiative



a Whimsical Commentary on the ADL Initiative by Don Johnson (former ADL Director)

a Whimsical Commentary on the ADL Initiative by Don Johnson (former ADL Director)



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  • 1. A Whimsical Commentary on Don Johnson 18 Feb 2005
  • 2. Isn’t it funny
  • 3. that the future
  • 4. doesn’t always turn out
  • 5. the way we thought it would.
  • 6. But if we have the right vision and we work together very hard we can get there.
  • 7. Let’s take public education as an example
  • 8. Weren’t computers supposed to change all that?
  • 9. Speaking about computers in the classroom Dr. Seymour Papert said: "We need a jet engine to do what the well-worn piston engine cannot. And we need a jet engine that is used for a jet plane, not one that is strapped to a stagecoach."
  • 10. A couple of questions: What is the Vision of learning in the future? How is it being implemented?
  • 11. Has our mental model for the future learning environment changed?
  • 12. Or is our mental model bogged down in the same type of thinking and processes of Yesterday?
  • 13. “ It was reported in the 1980s that General Motors spent more money on technology than any other car manufacturer in the world. While some processes became more efficient in GM's factories, too many aspects of operations remained the same – the decision-making process, quality control, supplies and sales. The anticipated windfall of productivity did not materialize.”
  • 14. Do we have the right Vision?
  • 15. Or have we got it wrong?
  • 16. What’s wrong with this picture? Gee Bill I’ve been working on this course design for six months now and I only have 3 more months to go before we can put it on the web!
  • 17. What’s wrong with this picture? Better hurry up on that online physics course Tommy we have to be in Miss Bakers class in 3 more minutes.
  • 18. What’s wrong with this picture? Someday the knowledge from this machine, and many others just like it, will teach mankind everything they need to know.
  • 19. What kind of world do we wish to create for all of our children?
  • 20. Education must be both high touch and high tech. "People believe that, at its heart, education is a human endeavor” The Public Agenda Foundation
  • 21. “ Whatever development trajectory we follow depends upon our commitment to a particular path we start from and follow.”
  • 22. “ If it’s the causal path, this ultimately leads to the ‘one best way’, leaving very little room for deviation from the chosen path and seeking alternatives .”
  • 23. “ If it’s the path of purpose, then it is the choices we make on the way which shape the contours of the path, allowing for reflective action and human choices .” Karamjit S Gill
  • 24. “ The challenge here is to transcend the idea of the technical notion of the one best way model, and focus on the creation of a conceptual framework for understanding the nature of knowledge and the purpose of knowledge systems, and this requires the ethical commitment to the creation and use of knowledge in a purposeful societal context of human development.” Karamjit S Gill
  • 25. Can we transform the way we think from this …
  • 26. … to this,
  • 27. … to this.
  • 28. Thank you !