Steep unlearning curve

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Spotlight presentation at the ISTE 2012 conference in San Diego, July 26, 2012.

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  • It’s so crappy right now because we are unlearning. HUGE.\n
  • We’ve changed the way we get news, music, do business and politics...\n
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  • Assuming we have access.\n
  • All in 20 years time. Think how different this moment is.\n
  • We’re asking kids questions that they can answer with their cell phones.\n
  • Anyone want a doctor or lawyer or mechanic that isn’t an unlearner? Why wouldn’t we expect that in teachers?\n\n\n
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  • Steep unlearning curve

    1. 1. The Steep Unlearning Curve:Rethinking Schools, Classrooms and LearningWill Richardsonwill@willrichardson.comwillrichardson.comwillrich45 bit.ly/KyQb6E
    2. 2. todaysmeet.com/iste2012 (Use your real full name.) #isteunlearn spa
    3. 3. “It was the best of times, it wasthe worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...” Charles Dickens
    4. 4. CHANGE
    5. 5. “The change we are inthe middle of isn’t minor and it isn’t optional.” Clay Shirky
    6. 6. Scarcity
    7. 7. ScarcityABUNDANCE
    8. 8. ...A world marked by “ubiquitous computing, ubiquitous information, ubiquitous networks, at unlimited speed, about everything, everywhere,from anywhere, on all kinds of devices that make it ridiculously easy to connect, organize, share, collect, collaborate and publish.” Michael Wesch
    9. 9. ABUNDANCE OF Information Tools Opinions Teachers Data News Resources Media “Schools” More...
    10. 10. “The illiterate of the21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
    11. 11. WHAT CHANGES?
    12. 12. WHAT CHANGES? For Schools? Classrooms? Teachers? Learning?
    13. 13. In a world ofABUNDANCE
    14. 14. In a world ofABUNDANCEWhat do we have to UNLEARN?
    15. 15. Discuss and add to chat.
    16. 16. My Top 3 Things to Unlearn:
    17. 17. My Top 3 Things to Unlearn: Delivery
    18. 18. “We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward theidea that an education is something that we create for ourselves.” Stephen Downes
    19. 19. My Top 3 Things to Unlearn: Delivery Competition
    20. 20. “There’s no competitive advantage todayin knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.” Tony Wagner
    21. 21. My Top 3 Things to Unlearn: Delivery Competition Assessment
    22. 22. “If we don’t assesswhat we value, we will end up valuing what we assess.”
    23. 23. UNLEARNING
    24. 24. UNLEARNINGUnderstand: The contexts for change
    25. 25. UNLEARNINGUnderstand: The contexts for change Feel: Anger, grief, excitement
    26. 26. UNLEARNING Understand: The contexts for change Feel: Anger, grief, excitementReflect: Look at your own learning practice first
    27. 27. UNLEARNING Understand: The contexts for change Feel: Anger, grief, excitementReflect: Look at your own learning practice first Act: Innovate
    28. 28. UNLEARNING Understand: The contexts for change Feel: Anger, grief, excitementReflect: Look at your own learning practice first Act: Innovate Connect: Engage others
    29. 29. bit.ly/KknVQl
    30. 30. “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” Mark Twain
    31. 31. THANKS! Will Richardsonwill@willrichardson.com @willrich45

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