Schools are places where people
learn to ‘do democracy’.
Keri Facer (2011)
“I don’t think
education is about
anymore; rather, it is
the process [of]
as a node in a broad
network of distributed
– Joi Ito @joi
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The ways in which new technologies are used
in school to silence or empower, to control or
to engage, has the potential to… shape student
expectations about how democratic practice
and civic engagement should play out in the
socio-technical spaces of the 21st century.
Keri Facer (2011)
We proposed the idea of a Third Space where
teacher and student scripts – the formal and
informal, the official and unofficial spaces of
the learning environment – intersect, creating
the potential for authentic interaction and a shift
in the social organization of learning and what
counts as knowledge.
Kris Gutiérrez (2008)
University of Colorado, Boulder
People live their lives and learn across multiple
settings, and this holds true not only across the
span of our lives but also across and within the
institutions and communities they inhabit...
I take an approach that urges me to consider the
significant overlap across these boundaries as
people, tools, and practices travel through
different and even contradictory contexts and
I learned a lot more about writing to the public. Before
this I would have been less likely to express my views to
a group of people online whereas now I would not have a
problem in doing so.
By posting publicly it opened up our world to other
academics or people who are just interested in the
topic... I don’t think anyone would have thought that the
author of one of the works we were researching
would get involved.
Before studying it, I used Facebook and Twitter mainly
just for keeping in contact with people, but since have
discovered they both have much more to offer.
They are places to discover new information and boost
your knowledge. That both education and socialising
can be rolled into one.
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Transforming education in such a way is a scary
proposition. It won’t be quick, it won’t be easy, and it
may not be immediately successful. However, the
current model is even more frightening than this kind
of change. We can’t continue to let the gap between
school and life grow ever wider and crush students’
desire to learn. I hope that you join me in this fight for
fundamental redesign of school.
2nd year secondary student
“We have to build our half of the bridge…” Colum McCann
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