"Web 2.0 technology — the free digital tools that empower all users to create and share — has changed the way the world operates. In the hands of educators, it can become a powerful catalyst for changing the way students learn."
"Personalisation, collaboration and informal learning will be at the core of learning in the future. The increased pace of change will bring new skills and competences to the fore, in particular generic, transversal and cross-cutting skills….
With the evolution of ICT, personalised learning and individual mentoring will become a reality and teachers/trainers will need to be trained to exploit the available resources and tools to support tailor-made learning pathways and experiences which are motivating and engaging, but also efficient, relevant and challenging…"
Redecker, C. et al. (2011) The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change Seville Spain: Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, JRC, European Commission
When it comes to BYOD, it takes a lot of people to ensure success. Most problems can be solved, but usually not on the spot. A successful pilot is one that is planned in advanced and communicated with the people that need to be involved to make it happen. Advance communication with other experienced BYOD teachers in and outside your district and seeing what issues they have run across may save you a lot of time, heartache, and headaches as well.
In this environment innovation becomes a commodity, the ability to resourcefully learn becomes the defining foundation of literacy, and the principal goal of formal education is to produce learners. In this environment pedagogies shift from best teaching practices to best learning practices.
Scoop.it is a great platform for curating web based content and collecting together your own portfolio or reading lists to share with the world. One of my major problems though with Scoop.it, used to be finding the articles and links I had saved and searching for useful articles on other Scoop.it.
We’ve talked before about some of the newer skills necessary for students and teachers in the 21st century. Digital literacy - and all the elements contained within that term- is probably the buzzword you hear most often. And for good reason: today’s young students are living in a largely digital, quickly evolving world that their teachers did …
After reading Steven’s Snyder’s new book, Leadership and the Art of Struggle, I wanted to know more about his theory of positive and destructive tension. So we connected to talk about vision, experiences, maps and tension.
My key take away: The right pressures in the right combinations create positive Flow.
Steven describes several sources of tension which he maps into quadrants. We experience “tensions of tradition” when we work to challenge and disrupt our team’s patterns. We may feel the “tensions of aspiration” when we have conflicting visions or goals for the future. These can be good, or the source of deep struggle.
I asked Steve to share more… just how can those tight shoulders lead to “flow”? What would I want my map to look like?
“Maps which show moderate to moderate-high levels of aspirational tension, lower levels of Tradition Tension and very low levels of Relationship or Identity Tension are which i would call “Flow”. Tension maps which show low levels of all tensions are not producing enough tension to motivate high levels of achievement.
With respect to higher levels of tension. This is a struggle. There is not an “ideal” type of struggle. everyone struggles differently. The point is that the tension map can tell you what to do about it.”
Make Your Own Map
If you’re curious as to how this all works, you can get in on a free pilot of Steve’s online assessment, Adaptive Leader Profile. You go online, answer some questions about yourself and your situation, and he will send you back a free map and interpretation. The only caveat is that you need to wait until he get’s enough data to ensure validity (hey, it’s a pilot).
I took it, and am looking forward to the report. Like you, I’ve got plenty of pressure worth mapping.
For great synopsis and overviews of Snyder’s book checkout these posts by Jon Mertz or Bill George. Or download a free chapter.
The new digital education environment will look and function very differently. In addition to classroom teaching, staff will develop new ways of teaching that embrace digital education, and ‘bring your own device’ learning models will be integrated into the learning environment. Strong leadership in schools will be needed to support this new environment, to increase teacher capacity and to support the uptake of digital education in schools.
A detailed meta-analysis of the evaluation data over the first three cycles of iTEC pilots shows that the process has had a positive impact on students’ knowledge, skills and understanding – in particular on their 21st century skills, motivation, engagement, attitudes, and learning practices. iTEC has also had a beneficial effect on teachers, impacting positively on their technology-supported pedagogy, digital competence, and their motivation and attitudes.
This new report, “Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers,” is the latest in the series and provides new insights that will inform college and university based teacher preparation programs as well as the induction and professional development processes within K-12 schools and districts. Tomorrow’s teachers may have the keys to finally unlock the potential of technology to transform teaching and learning, but much depends upon their experiences in their preparation program and how well future school leadership can support their expectations for essential technology tools and resources.
Digital literacy is about more than just adding technology into the teaching we already do. The following common teaching practices that we have seen in classrooms as researchers and as parents of school-age children do not help develop digital literacy and may even kill students’ motivation to develop their savvy use of technology and the Internet. We must stop these practices. Immediately.
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