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Digital Age Education Manifesto

Posted by jturner56 on December 20, 2013

Let it be known that digital enhances cognition. The Digital Age is upon us and our education systems have much to do. We are all on a digital journey that can enhance learning.

Will we seek to sustain barricades that defend limited perspectives, or help design and connect through imagination, consideration and dedication to human potential for good? The present defines the future we wish to create.

There are those who will attempt to thwart any hope for a better future beyond that under their control. Many are gatekeepers. They may not be lacking in intent or belief, but can limit imagination and possibilities. Some may use lack of engagement to cloak deficiencies.

Some feel increasing irrelevance and may lash out. There are also those whose negative inclinations can be enhanced by digital power. Be wary of commercial and political interests, who even with good intentions must suffer the mask of duplicity. Be wary of future sellers who profess to be future builders. Restrictions can be circumvented by the personal and connected power of digital.

Everyone deserves opportunities to use a personal digital device to learn through inquiry, communication, collaboration, connection and creation of knowledge. Learning that is personalised, not individualised. Learning for personal empowerment. Learning for the greater good.

Stand firm for a better future. Digital can help transcend intransigence and human limits. Education has always been a key, but at no time more so than now. Be balanced. Seek passion over busyness.

Teach to look beyond. The future belongs to those with the courage to make it. Creation tools have never been more powerful. Design and help create the communities and future we want.

…and a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year one and all

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21CLI Conference Presentation on Digital Direction

Posted by jturner56 on December 14, 2013

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Getting ready for my 21stC Learning Presentation

Posted by jturner56 on December 10, 2013

an interesting graphic courtesy of a Google nGram big data analysis

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Learning for the Digital Age – a practical reflection

Posted by jturner56 on December 1, 2013

Lately have been working on several strands of digital learning that in the end inter-connect towards supporting learning evolution for a digital age

I have been

  • preparing to support a teacher learning upgrade around the SAMR model
  • looking at the newpedagogies project and its focus on new pedagogical models
  • working with a Grade 6 class on improving presentation skills and techniques and Grade 5 on computation thinking through learning about programming with Javascript
  • working with Grade 7 and 8 students on Project-Based Learning with its emphasis on developing efficient and effective learning processes

How do these all interconnect?

Firstly, the SAMR experience focuses on why one need to look for new ways of learning. To my mind we are as educators should always be looking to take advantage of new task creations that support new skills and understandings of value for learning and working in the digital age.

Which links to the newpedagogies project, which calls for deep learning arising from better understanding of teaching and learning in the digital age (or 21st century if one must refer to what I consider old vernacular).

And finally to the practical, those learning partnerships involving co-teaching, student ownership of learning and learning explorations that push traditional envelops. An encompassing approach to new tools, new ways of thinking, and new ways of expression thta are available to all schools and await our appropriate valuing.

Deep learning, deep knowledge and deep teaching are all integral to meeting digital age education needs.

This interconnection informs both at the micro and macro levels the digital directions teachers and school are willing to set.

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