It is absolutely pouring with rain here in Canberra. We have had about 18mm in the past hour and for a summer’s day, it’s cold! But I don’t mind, today I downloaded Seth Godin’s Stop Stealing Dreams, and over a couple of glasses of red wine this evening I am going to devour every word of his 30,000 manifesto.
I’ve already read the first few sections and I am hooked! Section 5 really grabbed my attention:
and from what I have scanned his argument about traditional schooling being based on obedience and control captures what what we have been struggling with for the past 2 decades (at least), especially now we are living in a digitally driven, socially networked world… the ways we live and work are constantly changing, however many schools have not even shifted beyond first gear in terms of technology provision and networked access to online information and services. Not to mention a school curriculum based on critical and creative inquiry, collaborative learning, transliteracy, digital citizenship, personal learning environments, mobile learning, 3D virtual worlds as authentic learning environments, just to name a few.
Sections of Godin’s manifesto can easily be used to support professional learning activities. I can’t wait to see some of Seth’s ideas being discussed in tweet streams of edu hashtags such as #edchat and #tlchat in the near future!
I’d be interested to hear from others how Seth’s manifesto is being used to support professional learning in their school, district or PLN.
Posted in ETL401, ETL411, ETL523, INF506
Tagged 21st century skills, critical thinking, digital citizens, educational change, educational reform, independent learners, personal learning environments, school curriculum, Seth Godin, student achievement, teaching, technology provision, traditional schooling, transformational change
Via Scoop.it – Future Trends in Libraries
Excellent scoop on Scoop.it by Future Trends in Libraries curated by nickcarman. He states:
Extremely valuable skills for Information Professionals of the future… The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020. By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can’t avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster. It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, “information”, in new, and immediately useful ways. And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water, to the unique rare fish swimming through it. The curator’s key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different.
Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most: 1) Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed; 2) Social intelligence: ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions; 3) Novel and adaptive thinking: proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based; 4) Cross-cultural competency: ability to operate in different cultural settings; 5) Computational thinking: ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning; 6) New media literacy: ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication; 7) Transdisciplinarity: literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines; 8) Design mindset: ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes; 9) Cognitive load management: ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques; 10) Virtual collaboration: ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team.
Executive Summary of the Report
Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020
This recently released School News Special Report (January 2009) on project-based learning (PBL) demonstrates how PBL can help students develop such 21st-century skills as ”problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity”. Executive Director of the Buck Institute, John Mergendoller highlights the authentic learning principles underpinning PBL which:
…engages students’ interest and motivates them to learn. One of the main reasons kids drop out of school is because they’re bored. With project-based learning, students are encouraged to explore their own interests and to make connections to the world beyond school.
The report also identifies how technology is becoming more integral to PBL as well as the development of students’ information skills. I recommend students read this report while exploring the concepts of resource-based learning, inquiry learning and information literacy (Topic 4) in ETL401. Feel free to add your views here on the value of PBL in developing students’ 21st century.
- Helping kids critically evaluate information
Great to see a teacher librarian achieve ‘street cred’ by being featured in the New York Times. This article and accompanying videoclip illustrate the importance of having a dynamic information specialist on staff who is both a qualified teacher and librarian. Presents the importance of the TL’s role in supporting the development of students’ literacy skills as well as critical thinking skills. Note Rosalia’s advice to the young 5th grader about the need to select books that are of an appropriate reading age in order to ‘have fun’ in the coming week.