- Shift from education to one of learning (learning happens anywhere and anytime). If we are going to make the shift to a 21st century learning system we need to start operating in the best interests of the learners.
- Shift from consumption to participation. This is a core ambition of a learning system for the 21st century
- Shift from institutions to networks.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
"One of the issues I think is preventing companies from responding more effectively is they tend to divide their labor forces into knowledge workers and everybody else. One of the things Toyota did was take the front-line assembly workers and converted them into creative problem solvers.""The real purpose of the firm is to provide an environment where you can learn faster than you could on your own."
Sunday, December 6, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
My question is... will the Educate to Innovate campaign encourage innovation? Or will the focus be on science, math, and technology for science, math, and technology sake.
I like the President's rhetoric of children "getting their hands dirty." And I like the fact that Obama had the Myth Busters in the audience - those guys know how to tinker (true innovators).
But I see faults in some of his comments. First, I believe that athletes should not just stand side-by-side with scientists. They should learn to tinker with scientists to innovate. It is this crossover of cultures (robotics/science geeks & athletes, e.g.) that will create an ecosystem for innovation. If you can be a creator in a sport such as football - it may become cool not by association (scientist standing next to an athlete) but by being an athletic inventor (there is a big difference).
Also, the robotics demonstration is nice - but being a robotics "geek" is not going to attract crowds of kids. Furthermore, we have already attracted the robotics kids. It is the other 80-90 percent that need to become interested in innovation based on their interests. This innovative drive will lead them to math, science, and technology.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Over the past year I have been fortunate to observe Anne Smith and Maura Moritz as they teach using their multimedia fishbowl process. They not only allowed me to observe them in class but committed their time over the summer allowing me to interview them about their engaging instructional activity - the multimedia fishbowl.
Furthermore, we are now published! Yes, our article was accepted and is now published within the Journal of School Educational Technology. I have included the citation and abstract below for those who are interested.
Folkestad, J., Smith, A., & Moritz, M. (2009). Phenomenology of a multimedia fishbowl: A learning ecosystem that encourages individuals to innovate through collaborative discovery. I-manager’s Journal on School Educational Technology, 5(1), 66-80.
Abstract: The success of each nation will depend on the agility of its citizens to acquire and utilize knowledge. In response to this imperative governments have crafted and followed rigorous educational strategies. For example, the European Union’s Lisbon Agreement outlines an agenda for education and training focusing on educational benchmarks and indicators. The United Kingdom outlines their national strategy in “Every Child Matters” and the United States defines rigorous learning goals within “No Child Left Behind.” Despite almost a decade of work to transform the quality and reach of education, these strategies have proven insufficient to significantly raise citizens’ academic performance.
The problem is that “top down” strategies themselves are part of the systemic issue. In the old industrial system, benchmarks and indicators were sufficient to encourage school-level improvements. However, we need to move beyond promoting/demanding innovation from the local schools and teachers (via benchmarks), to engaging each individual learner to innovate their scholarship. This phenomenology examines an innovative use of streaming video, live-blogging, and discussion to create an ecosystem that places the student at the center of the learning, allowing them to use the Internet and freely-available collaborative tools to acquire new information and to work together in discovery.
Friday, November 20, 2009
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
- Boost student achievement, increase graduation rates, and retain teachers;
- Be scalable
- Offer sustainable innovation, not flash-in-th-pan ideas that will burn out, and
- Attract some matching funds along with ED's grant dollars
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I agree with Thomas Friedman - the time is now! Read his June 27th Op-Ed titled, "Invent, invent, invent."
"We need to do all we can now to get more brains connected to more capital to spawn more new companies faster."
Furthermore, those who have not yet read Friedman's The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century- Friedman.
- I don't think you can operate effectively in today's world without the framework outlined in that book.
We need to increase our Edgility.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Similar to other well-known thinkers (Florida) John describes a shift toward innovation work using the term passionate creatives to describe workers who will thrive in this new ecosystem.
At a very basic level, to be human is to be a passionate creative. That is what all of us were meant to be, even though many religions and political movements over the centuries have sought to channel or even deny this basic human need. We live in societies that, often with the best of intentions (and unfortunately occasionally with the worst of intentions), sought to socialize us into a very different mold. But many of those societies have been disintegrating over the past several decades as technology and public policy infrastructures challenge and undermine the foundations of thoseHe also suggests, like other well-known thinkers (Robinson), that our current institutions were designed for a different era - one defined for scalable efficiency (push system) to one driven by scalable peer learning (pull system). He writes,
This group of individuals today still faces enormous obstacles in pursuing its passions. While our infrastructures are transforming at a rapid pace, the institutions around us are increasingly at odds with these new infrastructures. Most of the institutions that we must deal with, whether they are schools, firms, non-profits or government bodies, emerged and were shaped in a previous era, driven by earlier technology infrastructures. These communication and transportation infrastructures rewarded scalable efficiency and we responded accordingly.
He predicts with realistic optimism that this shift will be long and difficult but that it will free many from routine work. He continues,
Passion in the workplace became highly suspect. Passionate people do not follow standardized scripts well, they are constantly seeking to improvise, challenge conventional wisdom and strike out on new and unexpected paths. ... These individuals also detest the organizational politics that pervade these institutions as many in the hierarchy begin to focus on hoarding and protecting limited resources. We quickly learn that our passions are viewed as deeply subversive, rather than as treasured assets.
Why will more and more people evolve into passionate creatives? Because we live in a world that is shifting inexorably from an obsession with efficiency to an obsession with learning. We have come to call this the Big Shift.His manifesto is a call to passionate creatives - to work hard learn how to increase their ability to learn, be creative and let out their true innovative nature. It is a call to all passionate creatives to learn to increase their learning and innovative Edgility.
Many of us have suppressed our passions in an attempt to fit in and integrate ourselves into a world that expected stability, predictability and safety.... Our challenge is to re-discover and cultivate them, moving them from the margins into the center of our lives.It is also a call to institutions to embrace this shift or continue to struggle with future budget and political instability.
Instead of pursuing scalable efficiency, institutions must learn how to pursue scalable peer learning. Said differently, institutions must find ways to make talent development the core rationale for their existence.Thank you John Hagel for your perspetive and interesting insights.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
In this short video Henry Jenkins explains the problems associate with removing technology from our kids' schools and education. He comments that if we don't provide all kids with the opportunity to engage in learning via connections (technology mediated collaboration) and increase their learning agility we "lock them out," we create an opportunity gap and we leave them disarmed. Furthermore, he states that schools are bureaucracies and classrooms, for the most part, are designed around fixed relationships and standards. However, learning online is about the collective, it is about collaboration.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I am working through an important document titled "Measuring the shift of long-term change" that was produced by the Deloitte Center for the Edge - and written by John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison.
This document details Deloitte's Shift Index that includes three indices and 25 metrics designed to make longer-term performance trends more relevant and actionable. These indices support my notion of Edgility (learning and innovation). In particular the following paragraph resonates with the Edgility concept.
Today's companies must make the most of our own era's new infrastructure through institutional innovations that shift the rationale from scalable efficiency to scalable learning by using digital infrastructure to create environments where performance improvement accelerates as more participant join, as illustrated in various kinds of emerging open innovation and process network initiatives.
These ecosystems (environments) leverage the edge of the network for learning and innovating... companies and educational institutions must learn to design optimal environments to increase their Edgility.
This is repeated by Friedman in his editorial titled "Invent, invent, invent."
We must all be thinking about how we increase our learning and innovating Edgility.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I now know how to peel a banana - my entire life I have been doing it wrong. Yes, I continue to learn. Who would have guessed that I would learn to peel a banana on YouTube.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
Tapscott's original article on the Edge which depicts big changes for the University was thought provoking but the commentary that he provoked by reposting it on the Huffington Post opened up all the thoughts and controversy surrounding his ideas. I created a Wordle that captured a snapshot of the conversation.
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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Here is an excerpt from a Time.com article / interview about The Blue School,
The original Blue Men--Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink--came together as "sort of a support group for people whose creativity had been all but squeezed out of them by education," says Wink. "At one point, we asked, What if there was a school you didn't have to recover from, that didn't make you question the idea of being creative?"
Saturday, May 2, 2009
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Thursday, February 12, 2009
1. Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation.
2. Developing 21st century literacies (information, digital, and visual) among students and faculty.
3. Reaching and engaging today's learner.
4. Encouraging faculty adoption and innovation in teaching and learning with IT.
5. Advancing innovation in teaching and learning with technology in an era of budget cuts.
Full article: The EDUCAUSE Top Teaching and Learning Challenges 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
"Science Commons designs strategies and tools for faster, more efficient web-enabled scientific research. We identify unnecessary barriers to research, craft policy guidelines and legal agreements to lower those barriers, and develop technology to make research, data and materials easier to find and use."
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
It was an honor to be invited to present for the 2009 College of Business Master Teacher Initiative. I gave a presentation about connected learning and the importance of building one's Edgility. I have included the SlideShare presentation (see below) and a link to the MediaSite recording. Feedback is always encouraged.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
MixedInk Demo from MixedInk on Vimeo.