- Manage their passwords
- Always assume that everyone in the world will be able to see what they write even if the site limits their posts to friends exclusively – it is important that that they understand this standard for posting
- Be vigilant about cyber imposters
- Be responsible global citizens.
- Am I teaching to the group from the front far too much?
- Am I using my face-to-face time with my students well, befitting the trained professional teacher that I am?
When teachers begin to unpick and answer these two questions, their practice begins to change and the elements of good teaching come to the fore.
- Use design thinking
- Be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge
- Become innovative creators of digital solutions
- Become effective users of digital systems
- Become critical consumers of information conveyed by digital systems
- Engage in authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation
- Be regional and global citizens capable of actively and ethically communicating and collaborating.
School leaders have a great responsibility in developing a culture in their school that creates the environment for this critical learning to take place.
School leaders have two challenging tasks. First they must understand what is possible in digital teaching and learning. Secondly and most importantly they must take the next step of scaling up the fantastic innovations and creativity in teaching that they observe in their inspirational individual teachers – building an agenda for change and innovation that can have an enormous impact in a school.
We cannot underestimate the value of digital technology in developing students with analytical minds. One time complex problems are now made simple earlier in a child’s development. Through technology, our students experience the joy of understanding concepts that were once out of their reach, allowing them to engage more fully with their environment and the things that truly interest them – and they are capable of doing this at a much earlier age.
Will is an author, speaker, publisher, consultant, parent and co-founder of Modern Learning Media/Connective Learning.
Keynote Address 22 August 2015 – Educating modern learners: the opportunities and challenges of schooling in the connected world
Summary and thank you.
Will you have described our new learning environment as:
- A kaleidoscope of colour and movement and knowledge
- Allowing us to: connect, network, engage in self-directed learning and to create.
All of the above is freely available outside of school. But what about inside school? No! Not always! Perhaps not often!
The picture you paint of what happens inside schools is a bit dismal. Not your fault! Compared with the picture painted above – it is!
You ask: How can/should kids learn in school?
And you suggest: Our job is to create an atmosphere/conditions where students want to learn.
Thanks for reminding us that we do “know” what these conditions are (we told you here today), but often we ignore them and do something else entirely.
Thank you for provoking us into questioning our current practice and structures so that we may continue to seek to change learning “inside schools” into the awesome, rich and passionate experience it can be.