Recently I read about a young man named Jeremy Gleick in a very long manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin. (Godin, 2012, p.81). Gleick made a conscious decision to spend one hour per day learning something new. He became smarter than most of his peers by giving up a little TV. After reading the NMC Horizon Report 2012, I wondered what the impact on education (and ultimately student learning) would be if teachers devoted one hour a day (okay, how about 30 minutes?) to exploring and learning about innovative and creative practices to enhance student learning.
One of the drivers of change outlined in the 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning is the Amplified Organization. This includes amplified educators. My understanding of amplified educators is teachers who have consciously made a decision to learn and incorporate social technologies in their practice. Godin states, “…and the only barrier to learning for most young adults in the developed world is now merely the decision to learn.” I would delete the word ‘young’ in this statement. Learning is a choice we all make (or not) every day.
A key technology goal of our school division is to use technology on a daily basis to support learning across the curriculum. “Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession, especially teaching.” (Johnson, Adams, & Cummins, 2012, p.9) Plainly, this goal needs to be met in the very near future. Due to lack of formal training, I see teachers beginning to make a concerted effort to search out informal learning opportunities. As David Donahoo says in his blog, “… developing children’s skills across multiple literacies like visual, digital, media and networking is important and using technology to do it is a no-brainer.” Developing educators’ transliteracy skills is also a no-brainer.
Wondering where to start? The NMC Horizon EdTech Weekly App caught my eye this week. It is a $2.99 App that provides field examples of emerging technology effectively integrated into teaching, learning and creative inquiry. Twitter offers numerous leads to online resources. TeacherTube has numerous instructional videos online. “Real learning happens in bursts, and often those bursts occur in places or situations that are out of the ordinary.” (Godin, 2012, p.144) Whether it’s an app, the Net or Twitter, teachers can find learning opportunities everywhere… it’s as close as your Smartphone.
Darwish, J., Grimsley, K., Moyer, J. World of Learning Resources. Retrieved from: http://futureofed.org/resources/world-of-learning-resources/
Donahoo, D., Horizon Report 2012 Released: The Future of Education is Mobile. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-donahoo/horizon-report-k12-releas_b_863345.html
Godin, Seth. Stop Stealing Dreams (What Is School For?). (Free Online Publication, 2012). Retrieved from: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/02/wwwstopstealingdreamscom-my-new-manifesto-is-now-live.html
Johnson, L. Adams, S. and Cummins, M. (2012). NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition, Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. Retrieved from: http://www.nmc.org/publications/2012-horizon-report-k12