ASB Unplugged Reflections pt. 1 – Twitter Ramblings

Below are some thoughts that I threw out on Twitter during ASB Unplugged; some instant reflection as it happened! I’m still working on some more coherent thoughts about the entire experience…

Leadership and Change

The future of schools: a community of learners, top to bottom. #asbunplugged #ldrshp
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How do we shift agency and responsibility to the learner (any learner! not just 'our students')? #asbunplugged
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If you make simple things easy to do, you make complex things possible. #asbunplugged
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School shouldn’t be based on the banking model: it’s not about withdrawing knowledge later. #asbunplugged
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It's no longer "evolove or die". It's now "revolutionize or die". #asbunplugged
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Technology empowers us to become relevant. #asbunplugged #ldrshp
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Students

How often do we get "lost in false complexity?" #asbunplugged
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Are we in the business of limiting the things that kids can do? #asbunplugged
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"I was fully formed as a programmer by 17." - Bill Gates. What are we doing to cultivate passion and intensity? #asbunplugged
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The best projects bump up against the persistence of reality. #asbunplugged #pbl
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"No one washes a rental car" - Negroponte. Make the technology *personal*! #asbunplugged
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Resources

Transforming Education

There are simply too many technological innovations and social and political expectations for the model to stay the same. In the latter case, we increasingly live in a 24×7 world. I get annoyed when I can’t talk to customer service about a banking problem at whatever time I encounter it, late in the evening, for example. The forces are toward new models, new efficiencies, new responsiveness, and new transparency. Information when I want it, in a form that I want. – Pam Heath, Jensen Heath communications consulting, from The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future (emphasis added)

A while back in September or October, when we were preparing for the spectre of H1N1 and the inevitable school closure (which never happened), I was speaking to a colleague in the math department about the idea of turning the school day on its head: what if the students used their “homework time” to receive instruction and content – through such media as podcasts, screencasts, video lectures – and used their “school time” to work on practice problems (if needed) and investigations.

This was echoed by Dr. Scott McLeod at ASB Unplugged when he talked about the ‘fungibility of teachers’ – what are the aspects of teaching that cannot be replaced or outsourced? Lecturing is definitely fungible. As charismatic and knowledgeable as I am <sarcasm!>, there is definitely somebody else out there who can say what I know a whole lot better than me. The ability to create learning experiences for our students is not fungible. Nor is the ability to effectively facilitate a discussion in order to challenge every student in the classroom.

Will Education ever give students the information that they want when they want it in a form that they want? I know that there are some individuals who are succeeding in doing this already. But will it ever amount to a systemic shift? Will we ever be able to suppress our collective memories of what Education should be and think about what Education could be?

Is Dan Brown on the right track?