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What should be the teachers digital toolkit for teaching in the Digital Age

Posted by jturner56 on January 19, 2014

In an age of increasing personalization, rates of change and choice it is difficult to set boundaries on what digital tools and understandings teachers need to be able to work. An interesting considerations is the OECD’s Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills which identifies several competencies relating to

  • cooperation
  • communication
  • time organisation
  • information processing skills
  • technology skills

In schools the social element will also demand social media knowledge and interactions if citizenship is to be built productively.

Workers in all areas will increasingly be judged by not only what they know but also what they do with what they know. Schools like all organisations will be looking to create value not only in cognitive depth, but also in creating opportunities for the future.

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Five books to help progress Digital Learning Evolution

Posted by jturner56 on January 11, 2014

If you want to see how living with digital technologies is affecting identity, intimacy and imagination (creativity) check out The App Generation (2013). Written by well-known psychologist researcher Howard Gardner with Katie Davis this book reports on research into generational differences identified through an impressive methodology.

Which leads into Positive Failure (2013) written by Alistair Arnott. This highlights the importance of building resilience at both individual and cultural levels in response to digital influences. At the heart, an educational willingness to provide opportunities that include learning from failure. Digital Technologies with their built-in change demands are an ideal tool for such learning.

Which might include a more open approaches as advocated by David Price in Open: How we’ll work live and play in the future (2013). How will we respond to the changes in behaviors, values and actions wrought by fast developing digital technologies that will affect our learning capacity and approaches?

Our response might be to adopt learning engineer approaches as advocated by Frederick Hess and Bror Saxberg in Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age: Using Learning Science to Reboot Schooling (2014).

Or maybe a more Design Learning approach as explored in Rotman on Design: The Best on Design Thinking from Rotman Magazine (2013) with it’s focus on “shaping a particular context for the better.”.

As we journey through increased needs to be not only lifelong learners but lifelong educators, at the school level we need to constantly evaluate if our teaching and learning objectives remain true and worthwhile, what choices we wish to make from competing and at times conflicting demands, and how we we respond to the swirling influences that go with this Digital Age.

While overselling and skeptical defensiveness cloud required action these publications and others point to changes occurring in learning and education that require ongoing evaluation and analysis. Ways forward might likewise appear clouded but the choices remain as to whether we will be creating our future or just swept along or under by it.

Reading remains an all powerful decoding process as key to  deep learning.

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