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Making Connections…

December 15, 2006

This is a different world! I’ve just spent an enjoyable hour or so  in the company of Will Richardson and a group of enthusiastic American Educators… and all without leaving the comfort of my own desk!

Will was presenting a Discovery Education Network webinar on A Web of Connections: Why the Read/Write Web Changes Everything. To be honest, with the exception of a couple of examples I wasn’t aware of, he wasn’t saying anything I haven’t heard over the past few months and which is included in his New Face of Learning article from Edutopia. However, what I did get out of the session was a chance to talk with some of the American teachers who were also taking part. It’s really interesting to observe the ‘connected world’ taking place in front of your eyes, and to have a chance to contribute.

Another sign of this is in the ongoing links that are being created between one of my pupils and think:lab. The Bassman has been writing about School2.0 in his latest post. I find it interesting and refreshing that one of the pupils who will benefit from the latest developments in emerging technologies has taken the time to write a very honest reflection on the state of play at the moment. What is also worth picking up on is that the Bassman has already started calling it School2.0… when we as educators are still trying to think what to call it (school-of-the-future… emerging-technologies…something-else-which-is-long-and-unmemorable…????). here we have a pupil in Scotland, picking up on an American idea (ie: School 2.0), getting it, and making it a logical name for the future of education in Scotland… WOW! In addition, he really does seem to have gotten the idea that the person standing at the front of the class might not have all the answers, and that the resourceful student might have to look elsewhere… I think the world has just shifted.

It is time to realise accept that the way we learn is changing. I just wonder how long it will be for the majority of teachers to realise that they are “…no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation…”

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  1. December 15, 2006 11:26 pm

    Neil,
    Great reading about this, especially as an antidote to a recent, depressing conversation with IT literate education person who found my description of some of the things I’m looking into (blogs etc) as a ‘a bit pie in the sky’. Said individual questioned the ‘educational philosophy’ of having pupils upload work or collaborate online. Thought it sounded ‘de-personalising’(sic) and ‘unlikely to catch on’.

    What do you think is the most useful approach to this?

  2. December 16, 2006 9:02 pm

    Thanks Liz… I know what you mean about those who ‘just don’t get it’… You could point them at the numerous articles about the pedagogy behind online learning (The Net Pedagogy Portal is as good a starting point as any!)
    Actually, you’ve raised a really good point that I’m about to address in my next post.

  3. December 17, 2006 12:33 am

    Thanks for the link Neil. Just read your latest post -I’m interested to see what people think about all of this.

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