Learning in a Networked World

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Learning in a Networked World

  1. 1. Learning in a Networked WorldSchooling in an Era of AbundanceWill Richardsonwill@willrichardson.comwillrichardson.com@willrich45 bit.ly/KyQb6E
  2. 2. todaysmeet.com/dobbsferry
  3. 3. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom,it was the age of foolishness...” Charles Dickens
  4. 4. “It was the best of times,it was the age of wisdom, Charles Dickens
  5. 5. Jacob Arnott14-year old Editor in Chief
  6. 6. it was the worst of times,it was the age of foolishness...” Charles Dickens
  7. 7. Which geographic factor affected the development ofthe Gupta Empire?
  8. 8. Which geographic factor affected the development ofthe Gupta Empire?a) island locationb) volcanoesc) monsoonsd) permafrost
  9. 9. Which geographic factor affected the development ofthe Gupta Empire?a) island locationb) volcanoesc) monsoonsd) permafrost
  10. 10. 2011 NY State Regents Exam for World Geography:Which geographic factor affected the development ofthe Gupta Empire?a) island locationb) volcanoesc) monsoonsd) permafrost
  11. 11. CHANGE
  12. 12. “The change we are inthe middle of isn’t minor and it isn’t optional.” Clay Shirky
  13. 13. Scarcity
  14. 14. ScarcityABUNDANCE
  15. 15. ABUNDANCE OF... Information Tools Opinions People Data Resources Media More...
  16. 16. ABUNDANCE OF... (Kids’ Version) Games Videos Networks Texts Hangouts(...and all sorts of other interesting stuff they don’t have access to at school.)
  17. 17. ...WHICH IS CHANGING Media Politics Journalism Medicine Books Business Music...
  18. 18. ...WHICH IS CHANGING ...Education
  19. 19. ...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
  20. 20. ...WHICH IS CHANGING Examples
  21. 21. ABUNDANCEWill Change Us.
  22. 22. ABUNDANCEWill Change Us.Is Changing Us.
  23. 23. bit.ly/MZmNDy
  24. 24. carcityS bit.ly/MZmNDy
  25. 25. carcityS bit.ly/MZmNDy
  26. 26. carcity SAbu ndan ce bit.ly/MZmNDy
  27. 27. carcity SInformation ≠ Education Abu ndan ce bit.ly/MZmNDy
  28. 28. carcity SAbu ndan ce bit.ly/MZmNDy
  29. 29. Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, U. of Va, Duke, Rice, Johns Hopkins,Stamford, U. of Washington, U. of Illinois, U. of Edinburgh, U. of Toronto, Princeton, U. of Penn.
  30. 30. Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, U. of Va, Duke, Rice, Johns Hopkins,Stamford, U. of Washington, U. of Illinois, U. of Edinburgh, U. of Toronto, Princeton, U. of Penn. “This is the tsunami.” --Richard DeMillo, Ga. Tech
  31. 31. ABUNDANCE Is changing:
  32. 32. ABUNDANCE Is changing:How we define an education.
  33. 33. ABUNDANCE Is changing:How we define an education. How we get an education.
  34. 34. ABUNDANCE Is changing:How we define an education. How we get an education.Where we get an education.
  35. 35. ABUNDANCE Is changing:How we define an education. How we get an education.Where we get an education.When we get an education.
  36. 36. ABUNDANCE Is changing: How we define an education. How we get an education. Where we get an education. When we get an education.From whom we get an education.
  37. 37. “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
  38. 38. 2020?
  39. 39. ABUNDANCEChanges the rules.
  40. 40. “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
  41. 41. change
  42. 42. CHANGE
  43. 43. NEW REALITIES1. Content and Knowledge are Everywhere
  44. 44. NEW REALITIES1. Content and Knowledge are Everywhere 2. Teachers are Everywhere
  45. 45. NEW REALITIES1. Content and Knowledge are Everywhere 2. Teachers are Everywhere 3. Data is Everywhere
  46. 46. NEW REALITIES1. Content and Knowledge are Everywhere 2. Teachers are Everywhere 3. Data is Everywhere 4. Networks are the New Classrooms
  47. 47. NEW REALITIES Individuals (Apprenticeships)
  48. 48. NEW REALITIES Individuals (Apprenticeships) Groups (Classrooms)
  49. 49. NEW REALITIES Individuals (Apprenticeships) Groups (Classrooms) Networks (VLEs)
  50. 50. “Networked Individualism”
  51. 51. NEW REALITIES1. Content and Knowledge are Everywhere 2. Teachers are Everywhere 3. Data is Everywhere 4. Networks are the New Classrooms 5. Learning is On Demand
  52. 52. bit.ly/MrjYw2
  53. 53. bit.ly/LQ85go
  54. 54. change
  55. 55. CHANGE
  56. 56. KEY QUESTIONSDoes the primary value of school change when these “New Realities” exist?
  57. 57. KEY QUESTIONSDo our roles as educators change when these “New Realities” exist?
  58. 58. KEY QUESTIONS The answer to that question starts with:“What do we want our students to learn?”
  59. 59. KEY QUESTIONS“And what do you mean by ‘learning’?”
  60. 60. KEY QUESTIONS “Higher student achievement?”“Improved student performance?” “Better student outcomes?” “College readiness?”
  61. 61. KEY QUESTIONS“And what do you mean by ‘learning’?” Discuss.
  62. 62. LEARNING IS creativity passion to know application of knowledge inquiry seeing patterns posing and answering questions understanding the world acquiring knowledge curiosity finding and solving problems making somethingunderstanding something you previously didn’t understand making connections changing your perspective on something synthesizing ideas adding new knowledge
  63. 63. "Productive learning is the learningprocess which engenders and reinforces wanting to learn more. Absent wanting to learn, the learning context is unproductive or counterproductive." Seymour Sarason
  64. 64. LEARNING IS creativity passion to know application of knowledge inquiry seeing patterns posing and answering questions Which of These do we Assess? understanding the world acquiring knowledge curiosity finding and solving problems making somethingunderstanding something you previously didn’t understand making connections changing your perspective on something synthesizing ideas adding new knowledge
  65. 65. LEARNING IS creativity passion to know application of knowledge inquiry seeing patterns posing and answering questions understanding the world acquiring knowledge curiosity finding and solving problems making somethingunderstanding something you previously didn’t understand making connections changing your perspective on something synthesizing ideas adding new knowledge
  66. 66. REMEMBER:“School” is where we get an “education,” and an “education” is defined by what we assess.
  67. 67. REMEMBER:And, if we don’t assess what we value, we will value what we assess.
  68. 68. HarderDifficulty Problem to Solving Assess Critical Thinking Basic Skills Content Knowledge Easier Less Important More Important Learning in a Time of Abundance
  69. 69. Curiosity Resilience Courage Passion Harder Initiative to Learn Entrepreneurial Thinking Empathy Inquiry Synthesis Networking CreativityDifficulty Problem Collaboration Problem Connecting Finding to Solving Creating Assess Critical Thinking Participation Solutions Basic Skills Sharing Content Knowledge Easier Less Important More Important Learning in a Time of Abundance
  70. 70. “We are ‘optimizing the measurable at the risk ofneglecting the immeasurable.’” Justin Reich
  71. 71. The “Immeasurable” Curiosity Resilience Courage Passion Harder Initiative to Learn Entrepreneurial Thinking Empathy Inquiry Synthesis Networking CreativityDifficulty Problem Collaboration Problem Connecting Finding to Solving Creating Assess Critical Thinking Participation Solutions Basic Skills Sharing Content Knowledge Easier Less Important More Important Learning in a Time of Abundance
  72. 72. KEY QUESTIONHow do we react in the face of rapid, radical changes in the world?
  73. 73. BE BOLD
  74. 74. “The illiterate of the21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
  75. 75. NEW REALITIES1. Content and Knowledge are Everywhere 2. Teachers are Everywhere 3. Data is Everywhere 4. Networks are the New Classrooms 5. Learning is On Demand
  76. 76. UNLEARNINGSo, given these new realities,what do we have to “unlearn”?
  77. 77. UNLEARNINGThree “Unlearning” Ideas
  78. 78. UNLEARNINGThree “Unlearning” Ideas 1. Delivery
  79. 79. UNLEARNING UnDelivery Idea:Produce knowledge instead of simply consuming knowledge.
  80. 80. UNLEARNING UnDelivery Idea:Let students create their own paths to the standards.
  81. 81. UNLEARNINGThree “Unlearning” Ideas 1. Delivery 2. Competition
  82. 82. UNLEARNINGCompetition aaaaaaaa Co-operation
  83. 83. UNLEARNINGUnCompetiton Idea: Share Everything
  84. 84. UNLEARNINGThree “Unlearning” Ideas 1. Delivery 2. Competition 3. Assessment
  85. 85. UNLEARNINGUnAssessment IdeaNot Open Book TestNot Open Phone...
  86. 86. UNLEARNINGUnAssessment IdeaNot Open Book Test, Not Open Phone... ...Open Network
  87. 87. “The change we are in the middle of isn’t minorand it isn’t optional EASY.” Clay Shirky
  88. 88. CHANGE...Starts With Us
  89. 89. CHANGEFive Part Process
  90. 90. CHANGE1. Understand: The contexts for change
  91. 91. CHANGE1. Understand: The contexts for change 2. Feel: Anger, grief, excitement
  92. 92. “Today, instead of teaching them information, I wasteaching them how to learn.  And yet, I’m not surewhat my new role in this is.  I’m not sure how toconnect to my students and their learning processwhile doing this.  I’m not sure how to laugh andenjoy them. And I was not expecting the profoundsense of loss and the pain accompanying it.”
  93. 93. CHANGE 1. Understand: The contexts for change 2. Feel: Anger, grief, excitement3. Reflect: Examine your own learning practice
  94. 94. ARE YOU LITERATE?• 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 of purposes  • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments bit.ly/nctelit
  95. 95. CHANGE 1. Understand: The contexts for change 2. Feel: Anger, grief, excitement3. Reflect: Examine your own learning practice 4. Act: Innovate, Change, Connect, ReLearn
  96. 96. CHANGE 1. Understand: The contexts for change 2. Feel: Anger, grief, excitement3. Reflect: Examine your own learning practice 4. Act: Innovate, Change, Connect 5. Provoke: Engage others, Advocate
  97. 97. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom,it was the age of foolishness...” Charles Dickens
  98. 98. “It was the best of times,it was the age of wisdom, Charles Dickens
  99. 99. BE BOLD
  100. 100. “In times of change, learnersinherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifullyequipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer
  101. 101. THE END Thanks!will@willrichardson.com @willrich45 willrichardson.com

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