Vision challenge - Part 1
Here's a challenge for all of us educational technology advocates...
Can we articulate in a few short sentences or paragraphs what the
end result looks like?Children learning collaboratively, students
as self-directed learners, a computer in every kid's hand, ubiquitous Internet
access, creative problem-solving rather than rote memorization, global
interconnections, etc. Whatever we think the desired end point should be: can we
articulate it in a clear, concise manner that's easily conveyable to others? Can
we describe what students and teachers and administrators are doing and why
(i.e., the educational purposes and benefits of doing so)?
One of the key aspects of successful facilitation of change is the ability to
convey a clear vision of what lies at the other end. As
David Warlick notes, many of us feel that we need to tell a new story. However, it's not enough to just say we need one. We actually need to tell it. So can we
do it? Can we tell the new story?
I look forward to seeing what we come up with...
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Quoth the parrot — "Nevermore."
- Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1949) is considered one of America's great writers.
- Poe penned his most famous poem, The Raven, in his 30s.
- Originally, the poem's feathered subject was a bit flamboyant.
Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
- Here are the six traits that inaugurated the fun.
- Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
- Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
- But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
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