You may be old enough to remember when Pepsi launched a campaign in the 1980s claiming that its cola was ‘the choice of a new generation’. In the context of education, it seems obvious that ‘choice’ should be synonymous with a new generation of schooling. Choice marks a shift in the ownership of learning. In the … More Choice and the new generation
I’ve often written that Twitter has been an invaluable professional learning tool for me. We have at our fingertips as Will Richardson says the ability to connect with two billion teachers and that presents unlimited opportunities for collaborative learning. Educators like George Couros and Gary Stager also reflect that it isn’t the tool per se but how teachers use the … More No teacher left behind
A few weeks back I had the opportunity to present to a group of Singaporean educators via video conferencing. A decade ago we didn’t have the capabilities to do this so easily. As part of the discussion, I mentioned that social media needed to be part of a teachers’ toolkit in today’s world. Without it, we face … More Beyond the limits of our own perspective
The Federal Government has invested $2.4 billion on the integration of ICT into schools. This is in addition to money our education systems have invested in meeting technology demands in schools. My colleague, Dan Haesler wrote a good opinion piece today on the role of technology and I am the first to acknowledge that technology is a powerful … More Does it really make a difference?
There has been a lot of discussion around the topic of creativity. Educators and society in general seem to agree on the importance of creativity – but do our schools provide a fertile ground for our teachers and students to develop and cultivate this attribute? In Will Richardson’s blog, he argues that on the whole … More Creativity crisis
There have been some wonderful highlights for me from the recent World Youth Day in Madrid. Many of the themes extend beyond religious and cultural divides. I thought the address by Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson last week to 3000 young Australians contained some powerful messages for educators. The Archbishop spoke eloquently about the symbolism of icons and … More The vocation of living
Technology never ceases to amaze me! The ability to engage in a learning conversation anytime, anywhere is truly remarkable. Will Richardson wrote in 2006 that the internet had allowed him to become ‘nomadic learner’- connecting to people and information that point him in the direction of what he needs to know and learn. On … More Nomadic learning