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  1. 1. Learning in a Networked World:For our students and for ourselvesWill on
  2. 2. Presentation is at:
  3. 3. First, a story...
  4. 4. The world is changing...
  5. 5. Learning is changing...
  6. 6. Whats different?We now have an easy connection between anindividuals passion to learn and the resources tolearn it.
  7. 7. Anytime. Anywhere...
  8. 8. Anyone.
  9. 9. Two billion people will be connected to the Web by 2011.
  10. 10. Two billion ways to connect.
  11. 11.
  12. 12. Two billion predators...
  13. 13. ...or two billion potential teachers from around the world.
  14. 14. Huge implications for us as learners and for our schools.
  15. 15. “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
  16. 16. "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 (.pdf)
  17. 17. “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
  18. 18. Education vs. Everyday Analog vs. Digital Tethered vs. Mobile Isolated vs. Connected Generic vs. PersonalConsumption vs. Creation Closed vs. Open David Wiley, BYU
  19. 19. Right now, schools are:Time and place. Filtered. Teacher-directed.Standardized. Push oriented. Content-based. Groupassessed. Linear. Closed. Sept-June. Local.
  20. 20. Learning will be (already is):Mobile. Networked. Global. Collaborative. Self-directed.Inquiry based. On demand. Transparent. Lifelong.Personalized. Pull.
  21. 21. Shouldnt classrooms be?Mobile. Networked. Global. Collaborative. Self-directed.Inquiry based. On demand. Transparent. Lifelong.Personalized. Pull.
  22. 22. But here is the deal...
  23. 23. Before we upgrade the system, we need to upgradeourselves. The more we practice and demand greatlearning, the better our system will become.
  24. 24. So heres the question...
  25. 25. Even though no one is asking you to...
  26. 26. ...not parents, not the community, not the state...
  27. 27. ...are you changing (upgrading)?
  28. 28. What are the consequences of not changing?
  29. 29. Discussion
  30. 30. Small Group Discussion
  31. 31. 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?
  32. 32. Eight* Shifts For Us, For Our Kids *Subject to change without notice.
  33. 33. Shift #1: Do Talk to Strangers
  34. 34. The reality of the safety question...
  35. 35. The reality of the learning question...
  36. 36. "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
  37. 37. 98% Strangers
  38. 38. Kids are already doing this.
  39. 39. “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
  40. 40. No one is teaching kids to do this well.
  41. 41. Shift #2: The "G-Portfolio"
  42. 42. What comes up when you Google yourselves?
  43. 43. How do we help students become "Googled well?"
  44. 44. "Planet -scale sharing." --Clay Shirky Cognitive Surplus
  45. 45. "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
  46. 46. "Reputation management"
  47. 47. Can we model the "G-portfolio" for our students?
  48. 48. Shift #3: Tell Digital Stories
  49. 49. Kids arent distracted...theyre just looking for moreinteresting stories from us.
  50. 50. "[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
  51. 51. PodcastsVideosScreencastsPresentationsLivestreamsPhotosGames
  52. 52. Mobile
  53. 53. Shift #4: Information Management
  54. 54. National Council of Teachers of English on literacy:
  55. 55. 21st Century readers and writers need to be able to"manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams ofsimultaneous information."
  56. 56. "Its not a matter of information overload; its filterfailure." --Clay Shirky
  57. 57. We live in a "pull" information world, not "push." --John Seely Brown Pull
  58. 58. We participate with information, not simply consume it.
  59. 59. Shift #5: Be a Crap Detector
  60. 60. Who do you trust?
  61. 61. How do you determine authority?
  62. 62. Shift #6: Follow Your Passions
  63. 63. National EducationalTechnology Plan (Draft)
  64. 64. "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."
  65. 65. Shift #7: Learn to Learn
  66. 66. Learning is now lifelong and lifewide.
  67. 67. “In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while thelearned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal witha world that no longer exists.” --Eric Hoffer
  68. 68. "The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organizationwith the mission of providing a high qualityeducation to anyone, anywhere."
  69. 69. WikiversityUniversity of the PeopleUnclasses.orgTeachstreetEduFireSchool of EverythingOpenLearnOpenCourseWare ConsortiumiTunesUCosmoLearningNational Connections AcademyOpen High School of UtahOpen Learning IntiativeAcademic EarthConnexionsFlat World Knowledgep2pUYouTube Edu
  70. 70. With that reality, the question for schools nowbecomes: how are we preparing our students forlifelong, self-directed, independent learning?
  71. 71. Shift #8: Solve Problems...Creatively, Patiently
  72. 72. National Council of Teachers of English on literacy:
  73. 73. "Build relationships with others to pose and solveproblems collaboratively and cross-culturally."
  74. 74. 1:45-3:26
  75. 75. So, here is our problem: how will we change?
  76. 76.
  77. 77.
  78. 78.
  79. 79. "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"
  80. 80. You need a "growth mindset."--Carol Dweck, "Mindset"
  81. 81. Is technology a part of your personal learning culture?
  82. 82. How do we add dots to our maps? bit. ly/iiPWKb
  83. 83. Are you sharing, co-operating, collaborating andcollectively acting with others?
  84. 84. "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
  85. 85. "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
  86. 86. Will RichardsonWeblogg-ed.comPLPNetwork.comwill@plpnetwork.comwillrich45 on Twitter