By Tom Vander Ark
"Seventeen years ago as a new superintendent I was invited to Microsoft to learn about 1:1 programs in Australia. The architect of those programs, Bruce Dixon, told a compelling story of student engagement in transformed learning environments. The ten superintendents at the meeting committed to Anywhere Anytime Learning and we began an exciting but challenging journey together.
"Bruce and I got together again at Microsoft Monday, this time in London. We spent the day with leaders attending the Innovative Schools Forum. Bruce outlined the three fundamental shift of modern learning environments:The social learner: moving from me to we;The self directed learner: moving from dependency to autonomy; andThe inquiry-based learner: moving from the know to the unknown.
"Given these shifts, what practices will be common among next generation schools that prepare students for college, careers, and citizenship? With input from innovative school leaders from around the world, following are seven habits of next-gen schools (with some similarities to next-gen systems discussed last month)."