Steve Hargadon The Educational Network Is the Learning Network
Classrooms 2.0 & The Future of Education website.
He learns in conversation. The factory model of schooling is broken. There is a gap in our ability to provide a narrative to justify school. Turn and talk: why school? We are in a time of important change in our culture. How does culture drive changes in education? We have had three eras of learning, from apprenticeship to universal schooling to lifelong learning. Change can come like a tidal wave. Tech shifts: trend one: social networking: a conversation. Text is not always vetted. ISTE bloggers cafe. First came blogs, like The Secret Life of Bees. Then came wikis, like Wikipedia. Then came social networking, like Facebook. The world is becoming a giant learning network. Edmodo, twitter. Trend Two: global connectivity. Global education conference online in November. Trend three: anywhere devices. Access, learn, contribute. Culture shifts: 1. Participation. Yelp or amazon reviews. Flickr. The democratization of participation. A global conversation. Peer PD. hack-ed, edcamps. MOOC, massive online open courses. Participation is movement from passive/consumptive to active/creative. 2. Creative. Instagram. 3. Sharing. A lot of the Internet is where we would volunteer. Supported through Creative Commons. 4. Engagement. Social skills, fun, leadership, etc. social learning group out of Stanford.
What is the new narrative? Movement from the content to the individual.
Education shifts. 1. Long tail. Majority work in ‘small business’. Short tail is test scores. Long tail is character. Evernote as a curation model. 2. Deinstitutionalization. Individuals make choices. Institutions from the bottom up. YouTube to learn guitar. 3. Inclusion. What is our passion? Don’t we want all of our students to benefit from the energy of their passion? Unleash the potential of every child. 4. Agency. Inherent right and ability to choose for yourself. In Finland students have more choice earlier on. It is a moral imperative to unleash their individual potential. #tieco2013 #whyschool
Action steps for teachers
- Rediscover and share your interests
- Build a personal learning network
- Build a personal web presence
- Become part of the conversation