Light Offerings

This week’s light offerings

Posted by jturner56 on March 31, 2012

“the instantaneous, feedback-driven, open world. Will there be a place for those other, slower thoughts, ideas that take time and quiet to flower, truths that cannot be crowdsourced?” Anand Giridharadas

In reading Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist I was struck by how these people through endeavor and practical effort changed the way people thought. In particular I was taken by Marcel Proust’s insight into the unreliability of formed memories.

Which links to Kim Cofino’s positive and open Tokyo TED Talk: Mobile, Connected, Collaborative which highlights changes to learning going on in today’s digitally-connected world. I look forward to discussing with Kim the value, and the wider ramifications of school responsibilities for quiet, purposeful and deep learning.

Which brings me to my weekly readings, which included

What picture do we see just in the titles?

What I learnt

We need to use the vast knowledge resources at our disposal to

  • support and advance critical, objective thinking; the alternative being scant justifications of narrow philosophies. Tendencies to overstate also limits us all. We need to measure by our effect on those around us, and beyond the personal.
  • focus on practical changes that do justice to what is realistic (with the right dose of hope). Inevitability arguments breed hostility and division.
  • not be carried away by form over content, or ‘tech as solution’, when targeting the complex, culturally diverse institution that is school. Too often ‘solutions’ treat effects on learning / school deficiencies / educational politics as one problem. Attacking teachers seems too often to be a de rigueur part of this.

While agreeing that learning has no limits, together, we should be building schools that do us proud, not denigrate.

What to do

Reading and writing should influence not only what you are, but also what you do (I’m Deweyan is this respect).
So I hope I can use this as I

  • work with teachers looking for practical expressions that advance their own and our collective commitment to quality learning.
  • present a proposal to extend the school’s support for student ePortfolios in line with our vision to use digital technologies to enable opportunities for Greater Active Student Learning that is valued, visible, connected and progressive.
  • extend the discussion on where next for our school as it further develops it’s curriculum offerings
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