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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
Back Channel Chat
Talk about (in 2 min or less)
the most recent or compelling
use of technology you have
seen or used for your own
Emerson and Thoreau
reunited would ask-
“What has become
clearer to you
since we last
Mantra for tonight’s presentation
We are stronger together than apart.
None of us is as smart, creative, good or
interesting as all of us.
Are you Ready for Learning,
Leading and Parenting in the 21st
It isn’t just “coming”… it has arrived! And
professionals who aren’t redefining themselves,
risk becoming irrelevant in preparing children for
the future that awaits them.
“In a time of
drastic change it
is the learners
who inherit the
equipped to live
in a world that
no longer exists.”
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?
• About the impact this shift will have on
parenting and home life?
About what students will need to prepare
them for their future?
About connected learning in general?
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
We have to change school culture
passion for learning.
Our teacher fell
Free range learners
Almost from birth
have free range
The potential exists
for all kiddos to
learn what they
want – when they
Our kids have tasted the honey.
“Every time I go to school, I have to
power down.” --a high school
• THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
It is estimated that
1.5 exabytes of unique new information
will be generated
worldwide this year.
That’s estimated to be
more than in the
previous 5,000 years.
For students starting a four-year
technical or higher education degree,
this means that . . .
half of what they learn in their first year
of study will be outdated by their third
year of study.
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
From: Collaborative Learning for the Digital Age in The
Chronicle of Higher Education
professor at Duke
Connected sometimes trumps F2F with deep
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.
Do it Yourself PD
A revolution in technology has transformed the way
• THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
we can find each other, interact, and collaborate to
create knowledge as connected learners.
What are connected learners?
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.
Personal Learning Networks
Community-Dots On Your Map
Are you “clickable”- Are your children?
“Twitter and blogs ...
contribute an entirely
new dimension of
what it means to be a
part of a tribe. The
real power of tribes
has nothing to do
with the Internet and
everything to do with
cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010
“A tribe needs a
shared interest and a
The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies
Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems
collaboratively and cross-culturally
Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety
Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous
Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex
You go where the bus goes You go where you choose
Jay Cross – Internet Time
Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of
improvisation and discovery
Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world
Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed
to salient details.
Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that
expand mental capacities
Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with
others toward a common goal
Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different
Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information
across multiple modalities
Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and
respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.
Shifts focus of literacy
Shifts focus of literacy
The computer connects the student to the rest of the world
Learning occurs through connections with other learners
Learning is based on conversation and interaction
Connected Learner Scale
Share (Publish & Participate) –
Connect (Comment and
Remixing (building on the
ideas of others) –
Collaborate (Co-construction of
knowledge and meaning) –
Collective Action (Social Justice, Activism, Service
In Phillip Schlechty's, Leading for Learning: How
to Transform Schools into Learning
Organizations he makes a case
for transformation of schools.
Reform- installing innovations that will work
within the context of the existing culture and
structure of schools. It usually means
changing procedures, processes, and
technologies with the intent of improving
performance of existing operation systems.
Transformation- is intended to make it possible to do
things that have never been done by the organization
undergoing the transformation.
It involves repositioning and
reorienting action by putting an
organization into a new business
or adopting radically different
means of doing the work
Transformation includes altering the beliefs, values,
meanings- the culture- in which programs are embedded, as
well as changing the current system of rules, roles, and
relationship- social structure-so that the innovations needed
will be supported.
So as you consider your vision for learning in
the 21st Century how do you see it? Should
schools follow a reform framework or
a transform framework
Make a case for using
one or the other as a
Connected learners are more effective
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.