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There are a lot of thoughts and ideas about what learning in the 21st century is supposed to look like. Most likely you are constantly bombarded with books, workshops, keynote presentations, webinars and good old lectures (yes, even on the topic of modern learning…) that remind you that it is time to upgrade traditional teaching and learning.

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It is NOT about technology, but about thinking > We live in an era of information overload. We need help in filtering and managing it > Collaboration and sharing is at the heart of learning > What happens to the work that is not shared? > People and relationships are at the heart of learning > Our network is what propels us to action!

The following six quotes from Judy O’Connell, Alan November, Mitchel Kapor, Clay ShirkeyHeidi Hayes Jacobs and Chris Lehman exemplify the backdrop for taking action as a learner in 2013 and beyond…They plant the seeds and layout the path to not just LISTEN TO and TALK about what should/needs to be done, but also set the stage for 3 Steps to START learning how to learn.

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Some will continue to listen to and read about these visionary ideas, but when Monday morning (or the next week, next quarter, next semester or next school year) rolls around, the routine sets in and everything is back to business… to normal…to last century…

I am more convinced than ever ( and will keep saying)  that NOTHING will change in teaching UNLESS, educators have an opportunity and the motivation to EXPERIENCE new ways of learning for THEMSELVES!

I have a suggestion for the ones that have heard, have listened, but do not know where to start.

3 Steps to get started in managing their information overload, starting to document their work with an audience in mind and share their work, becoming part of the conversation and the mechanism of connected learning.

  1. Curating via Social Bookmarking
  2. Using a blogging platform to document work, learn with and through media, create with an audience in mind (read,  write and comments on blogs)
  3. Create a learning network via Twitter to build relationships, participate in conversations and contribute to the learning of others by filtering through your lens (perspective/area of expertise) and by adding value

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It is about telling your story. As you are telling it, you are teaching and modeling for others. You are engaging in a metacognitive process to help  make sense of learning today (so different than when we grew up). Over time, telling your story, will create your unique brand of learning.

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  1. […] New blog post- 3 Steps to Start Learning How 2 Learn- langwitches.org/blog/2013/12/0… […]

  2. Hello Vicky. This is a terrific post, and it speaks to my personal learning structure perfectly! I believe that it will be very challenging for educators to speak intelligently and enthusiastically about socially connected learning (thank you Dr. Gerstein), without the experiencing this evolution and growth firsthand. As others from my PLN have reported, there seems to be a growing division between the digitally connected, and the analog, unconnected educator. It’s blogs like yours that help shed light on disruptive learning. Thank for sharing your experience and thoughts on this matter – to me, and other connected educators, it makes such perfect sense.

    • My apologies Silvia, I was bookmarking several posts at the same time, and I got my wires crossed? You, and Vicki Davis – I think you will agree – good company! Thanks again for a terrific blog post!

  3. […] to be seamless, teachers need to understand the impact of technology in learning.  This is what Silvia Tolisano calls learning how to learn in this 21st century world.  But teachers will only reach that level of “learning how to […]

  4. Excellent observations, Silvia. But how do you convince teachers who are still teaching the way they were years ago to become connected learners. The excuses are that they are too busy, there’s not enough time in the day, I learn just fine on my own. . . We have trouble getting teachers to share within our building, much less with the world!

  5. […] her blog, Langwitches, this blogger brings us “3 Steps to Start Learning How 2 Learn.”  In the post, she explains that we live in an era of information overload.  Managing the […]

  6. Wow, you have spoken directly to my reason for starting my own blog recently (http://markclinelucey.blogspot.com) AND my evolving understanding of how pedagogical transformation will happen in the coming years. The internet truly is on par with the Neolithic agricultural revolution and the Industrial Revolution in fundamentally altering how humans live and relate. It’s awesome to be part of it!

  7. Mark Villaflor says:

    Great blog post. I enjoy the idea of teachers continue to being learners. I continue to find a huge reluctance towards change in the educational industry. We listen to the TED talks, read blogs, and hear of various stories that inspire us (to do nothing). The three steps you outline are an easy start for teachers.

  8. […] RT @langwitches: New blog post- 3 Steps to Start Learning How 2 Learn- langwitches.org/blog/2013/12/0… […]

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