Two recent infographics have caught my attention regarding the changing nature of edtech in education. I’m really interested in the statistic quoted about students using a smartphone to support their study are spending more time on their studies per week. Although 40 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot. When I think about this in terms of the distance education students I teach at CSU, I would suggest that a number of my students who are mobile learners are actually investing more than 40 mins of study per week via their mobile devices. I am observing far more ‘learning on the run’ in 2012 compared to 2009 when I was involved in a study which explored DE students’ preferences for accessing DE learning materials online and via mobile devices. It’s amazing how quickly emerging tech becomes mainstream these days, which leads to the second infographic I recommend Going BYOD.
Provided By: OnlineColleges.net
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.
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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