danah boyd, social media guru on teen behavior and busting silos: To a teenager growing up in a networked world, this model [of zero sharing with networks outside one’s organization] makes absolutely zero sense. Even if they’ve been trained in a traditional educational environment where collaboration is pooh-poohed, if they have access to the internet, […]
James Paul Gee quoted by Will Richardson: Success in the 21st century at work and in life requires collaboration, collective intelligence, and smart teams using smart tools. In our fast-changing world, a world that faces many serious crises, being able to cope with challenge, to persist past failure, to learn in new ways, and to […]
Will Richardson (Twitter and blog): With few exceptions, all the things our children are using to connect and learn outside the classroom — social media, cell phones, Internet connections — are banned inside classrooms. In my kids’ case (and they have more access than many), school is the only place in their lives where they […]
Grant Wiggins on the power of Twitter: What social media and similar forums do is solve one of the great shortcomings of traditional education: isolation and ignorance of ‘best practice’.” I’ve previously blogged about crowdsourcing as a leadership tool, as well as presented to new teachers at a Beginning Teacher Institute and aspiring independent school […]
Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: “How do we teach it?” In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach them in a very rigid manner. Very rarely do you witness math and science teachers or English and history teachers collaborating with each other. Sticking in your silo, shell, and expertise […]
I have been contemplating recently about the state of professional development in schools. The term “professional development” generally evokes a conference or a workshop/institute held outside of the school’s facilities and run by an external organization and attended by educators from several other schools, locally, regionally, or nationally. In the 21st century, I wonder if […]
This is my part of a presentation given tonight to ACDS parents at a Town Hall meeting on the State of the School.