“Increasingly, those who use technology in ways that expand their global connections are more likely to advance, while those who do not will find themselves on the sidelines. With the growing availability of tools to connect learners and scholars all over the world — online collaborative workspaces, social networking tools, mobiles, voice-over-IP, and more — teaching and scholarship are transcending traditional borders more and more all the time.”
Is your own personal learning practice transcendent? Are you learning / interacting differently? And if not, why not?
Will quoted Howard Gardner: “[A]fter millennia of considering education (learning and teaching) chiefly in one way, we may well have reached a set of tipping points: Going forward, learning may be far more individualized, far more in the hands (and the minds) of the learner, and far more interactive than ever before. This constitutes a paradox: As the digital era progresses, learning may be at once more individual (contoured to a person’s own style, proclivities, and interests) yet more social (involving networking, group work, the wisdom of crowds, etc.). How these seemingly contradictory directions are addressed impacts the future complexion of learning.”
The reality is that the way we’ve done professional development for the last 30 years doesn’t work.
You have to create a culture in your teaching staff where, if they need to know how to blog, they can go online and learn themselves (in communities)
We’ve made teachers as passive about learning as kids – kids wait for teachers to tell them how/what to learn; teachers wait for us to tell them how/what to learn
NSDC agrees: it should be long-term, job-embedded professional development that really shifts practice
There aren’t enough educators / policymakers that are looking at the current system of schooling and saying “Oh, crap! We need to stop tinkering.”
Leadership is a choice. It’s a choice not to do nothing. (Seth Godin)