...or two billion potential teachers from around the world.
Huge implications for us as learners and for our schools.
“What can you do? has been replaced with What canyou and your network connections do? Knowledge itselfis moving from the individual to the individual and hiscontacts.” --Jay Cross, Informal Learning
"Our learning institutions, for the most part, are acting as ifthe world has not suddenly, irrevocably, cataclysmically,epistemically changed-and changed precisely in the areaof learning." --Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg "Future of Learning Institutions", 2009 http://bit.ly/X52mZ (.pdf)
“If you think that the future will require better schools,you’re wrong. The future of education calls for entirelydifferent learning environments.” --Knowledge Works Foundation
Education vs. Everyday Analog vs. Digital Tethered vs. Mobile Isolated vs. Connected Generic vs. PersonalConsumption vs. Creation Closed vs. Open David Wiley, BYU
Right now, schools are:Time and place. Filtered. Teacher-directed.Standardized. Push oriented. Content-based. Groupassessed. Linear. Closed. Sept-June. Local.
Learning will be (already is):Mobile. Networked. Global. Collaborative. Self-directed.Inquiry based. On demand. Transparent. Lifelong.Personalized. Pull.
What about the world and society has changed sinceyou went to school?What about students has changed since you went toschool?What about schools has changed since you went toschool?What should "School 2.0" look like in order to meet theneeds of the 21st Cnetury learner?
Eight* Shifts For Us, For Our Kids *Subject to change without notice.
"But there is no doubt that five years from now, when mychildren are teenagers, they will be comfortable living inpublic in ways that will astound and alarm their parents. I canalready imagine how powerful the instinct to worry aboutpredators and compromising photos will be. But it will be ourresponsibility to keep that instinct in check and to recognizethat their increasingly public existence brings more promisethan peril. We have to learn how to break with that mostelemental of parental commandments: Dont talk tostrangers. It turns out that strangers have a lot to give usthats worthwhile, and we to them." --Steven Johnson "Web Privacy: In Praise of Oversharing" Time Magazine, May 20, 2010 http://bit.ly/aBbBYL
“Kids learn on the Internet in a self-directed way, bylooking around for information they are interested in, orconnecting with others who can help them. This is a bigdeparture from how they are asked to learn in mostschools, where the teacher is the expert and there is afixed set of content to master.” --Mimi Ito MacArthur Foundation
"The traditional two-page resume has been turned into apersonal productivity portal that empowers prospectiveemployers to quite literally interact with their candidateswork." --Michael Schrage Harvard Business Review
Kids arent distracted...theyre just looking for moreinteresting stories from us.
"[Kids] are consumivores--colelctively rummaging,consuming, distributing and regurgitating content inbyte-size, snack size, and full-meal packages...If wewant them to consume our stories, well have to harnessa range of technologies to tell them well. If we dont,there are plenty of other options available for them toconsume--or more likely, theyll create their next mealwithout us."--Nick Bilton, I Live in the Future
National EducationalTechnology Plan (Draft)http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010
"The model of 21st century learning described in this plancalls for engaging and empowering learning experiencesfor all learners. The model asks that we focus what andhow we teach to match what people need to know, howthey learn, where and when they will learn, and whoneeds to learn. It brings state-of-the art technology intolearning to enable, motivate, and inspire all students,regardless of background, languages, or disabilities, toachieve. It leverages the power of technology to providepersonalized learning instead of a one-size fits-allcurriculum, pace of teaching, and instructional practices."
“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while thelearned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal witha world that no longer exists.” --Eric Hoffer
"The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organizationwith the mission of providing a high qualityeducation to anyone, anywhere."
WikiversityUniversity of the PeopleUnclasses.orgTeachstreetEduFireSchool of EverythingOpenLearnOpenCourseWare ConsortiumiTunesUCosmoLearningNational Connections AcademyOpen High School of UtahOpen Learning IntiativeAcademic EarthConnexionsFlat World Knowledgep2pUYouTube Edu
With that reality, the question for schools nowbecomes: how are we preparing our students forlifelong, self-directed, independent learning?
"Big problems are rarely solved withcommensurately big solutions. Instead, they aremost often solved by a sequence ofsmall solutions, sometimes overweeks, sometimes over decades."--Dan and Chip Heath, "Switch"
You need a "growth mindset."--Carol Dweck, "Mindset"
Is technology a part of your personal learning culture?
How do we add dots to our maps? bit. ly/iiPWKb
Are you sharing, co-operating, collaborating andcollectively acting with others?
"We need to move beyond the idea that an education issomething that is provided for us, and toward the ideathat an education is something that we create forourselves." --Stephen Downes http://huff.to/cLEcpe
"Increasingly, those who use technology in ways thatexpand their global connections are more likely toadvance, while those who do not will find themselves onthe sidelines. With the growing availability of tools toconnect learners and scholars all over the world —online collaborative workspaces, social networking tools,mobiles, voice-over-IP, and more — teaching andscholarship are transcending traditional borders moreand more all the time." --2009 Horizon Report
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