Is Will asking the right questions?
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Richardson voiced his frustration in a recent post
about the trouble that
he's having getting teachers to focus on the potential of Web 2.0 tools to
enhance their own personal learning.
Part of me wonders if he's asking the right questions. It's hard to tell what
Will is saying to the teachers. If he's trying to get at their own personal
learning practices, it seems to me that the first questions may need to be
- What are your personal and professional
All teachers are learners because all humans are learners (okay, 99.99% of
humans are learners; we all know a few oddballs). If Will can find out how these
educators acquire and gain new knowledge that is of personal and/or professional
interest to them (particularly outside of school for their hobbies, music,
athletics, and other outside interests), it seems to me there then exists a
natural opening to discuss how various Web 2.0 tools can connect these folks to
various communities and content of interest.
Will, perhaps you're doing all this already. For example, maybe you're
contextually embedding your participants' learning by selecting one or more
individuals, asking them what their interests are and how they learn and grow in
those areas, and then illustrating in front of the rest of the audience how to
expand those circles of knowledge and knowing using these new tools (look, here
are 56 blogs about
pomeranians! 204 blogs
about orchids! a wiki
devoted to knitting!).
I don't know what your strategies have been, Will; this is just what I'd do. But
I'd love to learn more (hint, hint)!
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Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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