If we are to truly transform education, imagining new possibilities and realities, then we need to embrace different models of education, structuring our systems accordingly. What do these new models need to be like? What are the factors that will enable new possibilities to emerge?
"It’s an unfortunate reality that universities are divided by academic department," write Edu Fellow Juliette LaMontagne, "teachers are licensed by content area, and interdisciplinary collaboration is the exception not the rule."
“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.
Karen Steffensen's insight:
"Agility, iteration --pushing innovation to the edges".
An example of this approach can be seen via West Area video montage: A Year in Review http://vimeo.com/99547795 . In working with area principals, we will review this collection of images and captions captured in the video montage and reflect on themes that are "driving" our work in the west area of our school district and set some shared professional learning goals and individual goals.
Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and its partners will host two pre-conference meetings focussed on cross-cultural collaboration in education ahead of the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) in Doha.
The two pre-WISE conference meetings, scheduled here October 27 and 28 will assemble more than 50 international educators and leading experts from Qatar, Brazil and the United States, the QFI said Wednesday in a media statement.
The experts will explore how innovation and cross-cultural collaboration in education foster 21st century competencies and build better learning goals and practices.
Titled 'Global Educators' Workshop: Learning and Leading for the 21st Century and STEAM: Powering Creativity and Collaboration, the workshops will open with a joint session on October 27 at the QNCC featuring an array of speakers. Participants will also take part in the annual WISE Summit.