Co-Founder & CEO
Powerful Learning Practice, LLC
21st Century Collaborative, LLC
The Connected Educator: Learning
and Leading in a Digital Age
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• THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
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If you could CHANGE one
to you since we
It begins with Finding
your Passion, then you
will find your purpose.
Mantra for today’s keynote…
We are stronger together than apart.
None of us is as smart, creative, good or
interesting as all of us.
• THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
Things do not change; we change.
—Henry David Thoreau
What are you doing to contextualize and
mobilize what you are learning?
How will you leverage, how will you enable
your teachers, your leadership or your
students to leverage- collective
Are you Ready for Learning and
Leading in the 21st Century?
It isn’t just “coming”… it has arrived! And schools
who aren’t redefining themselves, risk becoming
irrelevant in preparing students for the future.
Tech is Changing the World
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6 Trends for the digital age
Source: David Wiley: Openness and the disaggregated
future of higher education
“We are tethered to
our always on/
always on us
devices and the
people and things we
reach through them.”
~ Sherry Turkle
Internet of Things & Services
• The Internet of Things is a technological system,
a suite of products and services that will make
life a bit more comfortable.
• It is more than the Internet we know — it goes
beyond empowering people to communicate and
• The Internet of Things can connect any product
or service. And it automatically links what might
emerge as a result of this collaboration — interact
even without human intervention.
What do you wonder…
About how the emergence of the 2nd
renaissance will change education?
What impact will 3-D printers have you’re
your student’s lives as they grow up?
1. The world is changing.
2. The context has shifted
3. We have amazing tools that enable us to
connected, collaborate and create.
4. Schools are remaining just about the
We are in the midst of seeing education transform
from a book-based, linear system with a focus on
individual achievement to an web-based, divergent
system with a focus on community building.
We have to change school culture
passion for the
-- change behaviors
-- experience success
-- creates faith
-- creates hope
-- changes beliefs, values, dispositions
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Our teacher fell
Which takes LEADERSHIP
(this is where you come in)
• Believe in standardization
of the process
• Fiercely protects the
• Manipulate resources to
get the job done
• Focus is on tools and
• Expect compliance and
• Safe- Tried- True
• Create change as a way of
solving problems and
• Ask what if– builds on
strengths and what people
know and can do
• Focus on what can happen if
people know what to do with
tools for self directed learning
• Build thick leadership
density in others.
• Take risks and expect
According to Clay Shirky, there are four steps on a ladder to
mastering the connected world: sharing, cooperating,
collaborating, and collective action.
From his book- “Here Comes Everybody”
Connected Learning has the
potential to takes us deeper
“The interconnected, interactive
nature of social learning
exponentially amplifies the rate at
which critical content can be shared
and questions can be answered.”
From: Collaborative Learning for the Digital
Age in The Chronicle of Higher Education
professor at Duke
Connected sometimes trumps F2F with
Via Marc Andreessen’s blog, the findings of researchers as related by
Frans Johansson in The Medici Effect:
Diversity of thought
Allows for Greater Innovation
Frans Johansson explores one simple yet profound
insight about innovation: in the intersection of
different fields, disciplines and cultures, there’s an
abundance of extraordinary new ideas to be explored.
The Secret to Change to a Connected School
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• Humans have a natural
propensity to tribe.
• Social learning is a part of
• We all have basic needs-
including the need to belong
• Collaborative Inquiry
produces a higher level of
cognition and more joy
Developing Your Tribe
A group of people connected to one another,
connected to a leader, connected to an idea
Need two things:
1) Shared interest (mission)
2) A way to communicate
• THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
Meet the new model for professional
Connected Learning Communities
In CLCs educators have several ways to
connect and collaborate:
• F2F learning communities (PLCs)
• Personal learning networks (PLNs)
• Communities of practice or inquiry
• THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
1. Local community: Purposeful, face-to-face
connections among members of a committed group—
a professional learning community (PLC)
2. Global network: Individually chosen, online
connections with a diverse collection of people and
resources from around the world—a personal learning
3. Bounded community: A committed, collective, and
often global group of individuals who have
overlapping interests and recognize a need for
connections that go deeper than the personal learning
network or the professional learning community can
provide—a community of practice or inquiry (CoP)
needs to change.
We know this.
Do it Yourself PD
A revolution in technology
has transformed the way we
can find each other, interact,
and collaborate to create
knowledge as connected
Learners who collaborate online; learners who use
social media to connect with others around the globe;
learners who engage in conversations in safe online
spaces; learners who bring what they learn online
back to their classrooms, schools, and districts. They
are DIY, self-directed learners.
What are connected learners?
Status Quo-- Things are working well most of the time.
Something happens that creates a sense of urgency to change.
A desire to learn something new. You are presented with evidence
that makes you feel something. It touches you in some way.
- a disturbing look at a problem
- a hopeful glimpse of the future
- a sobering self reflection
You see it. You feel it and you are
moved to change or act or learn
• Letting go of control
• Willing to unlearn & relearn
• Mindset of discovery
• Reversed mentorship
• Co-learning and co-creating
• Messy, ground zero, risk taking
Be a learner first—leader second
• It's all about asking hard questions and then listening deeply
• A connected learner isn’t afraid to admit that they don’t know the answer
to a question or problem, and willingly invite others into a dialogue to
explore, discuss, debate, or generate more questions. (@barb_english)
• Asking our questions out in the open in connected ways @lisaneale
• I believe that being a connected learner leads to more questions than
answers and that is good. I also believe that connected learners have to
learn to take risks - exposing your learning and thoughts can be challenging
• Lurkers become learners. Learners become contributors. @sjhayes8
Wonder is both a
sense of awe and
It also helps to ask questions like:
1) Why am I planning to do this?
2) How will I initiate this change?
3) Who can I connect with online in my network that can help me?
4) How will I measure our progress?
Or how will I know if we are learning?
networks work is one of
the most important
literacies of the 21st
- Howard Rheingold
“ Do you know what who you know knows?” H. Rheingold
Critical friends: Form a professional learning team who come together
voluntarily at least once a month. Have members commit to improving
their practice through collaborative learning. Use protocols to examine
each other’s teaching or leadership activities and share both warm and
cool feedback in respectful ways.
Curriculum review or mapping groups: Meet regularly in teams to
review what team members are teaching, to reflect together on the
impact of assumptions that underlie the curriculum, and to make
collaborative decisions. Teams often study lesson plans together.
Action research groups: Do active, collaborative research focused
on improvement around a possibility or problem in a classroom,
school, district, or state.
Book study groups: Collaboratively read and discuss a book in an
Case studies: Analyze in detail specific situations and their
relationship to current thinking and pedagogy. Write, discuss, and
reflect on cases using a 21st century lens to produce collaborative
reflection and improve practice.
Instructional rounds: Adopt a process through which educators
develop a shared practice of observing each other, analyzing learning
and teaching from a research perspective, and sharing expertise.
Connected coaching: Assign a connected coach to individuals on
teams who will discuss and share teaching practices in order to promote
collegiality and help educators think about how the new literacies
inform current teaching practices.
"Imagine an organization with an employee who can accurately see
the truth, understand the situation, and understand the potential
outcomes of various decisions. And now imagine that this person is
able to make something happen." ~ Seth Godin.
Connected learners are more
effective change agents
Real Question is this:
Are we willing to change- to risk change- to meet the
needs of the precious folks we serve?
Can you accept that Change (with a “big” C) is
sometimes a messy process and that learning new things
together is going to require some tolerance for ambiguity.
An effective change
agent is someone
who isn’t afraid to