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.
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 Shirkey, Heidi 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.
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.
- Curating via Social Bookmarking
- Using a blogging platform to document work, learn with and through media, create with an audience in mind (read, write and comments on blogs)
- 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
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.