Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 21st Century Learner

Key points:
  • 0:09-0:18 - "the most important thing for kids growing up today is the love of embracing change"
    • Not only applicable to "kids", but everybody - since "“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change -” (Heraclitus)".
    • From a more confined/ narrow perspective, it's the means for survival in the (near) future. On another note, it's when one embraces change would continue to find excitement and new meaning that is relevant to the evolving world/ landscape. It is a necessity to make fast-enough progress.
  • 1:15-1:20 - Consuming media" vs "Producing Media"
  • 1:35-1:51  - "Learning the content" (20th century) vs "learning the tools and skills of remaking the content and becoming the creator/ producer"
Coincidentally,  I was reading this online article, Five Ways to Transform Your Kids’ Screen Time (click HERE) that talks suggests it's not about stopping what we think kids should not be doing (i.e. passive consumers of technology 'conveniences') but to transform their practices/ habits, taking up a more active role when interacting with technology. There's a place in our classrooms - leverage on their "savvy-ness" to engage them in action, (in their area of interests) to hone disciplinary-related skills and deepen learning.
  • 1:52-2: - "...learning outside of school matters tremendously for the learning in school..." and " informal learning with new media is part of an already existing set of understanding that the educators have of the importance of the home environment for the pure environment for the community for learning that happens in schools..." - "How can we be active about linking those two together"
  • 2:43-2:58 - 21st century skills is not about "...skills for the workplace and skills involving technology..." but it's about "...skills for creativity specific engagement for social life the full range of experiences that young people will be involved in the future."
  • 3:12- : 
    • A baseline of of standards literacies expectations about what kids need 
      • to participate in contemporary society
      • to be reflective 
    • to create a shared space for kids and adults - coordinate formal & informal learning

Diana Laurillard extract iCTLT 2016

  • "1:00-1:15": To hone one's practices, exploration does not necessarily start with a clean slate. What's more important is about keeping our minds open and being observant. I think being open and able to seize what's probably relevant, and adapt to our context (i.e. our environment (in this case, the classroom)) are two important attributes educators should have. We can look out for others' existing practices and make connections to our existing practices, adapt ideas or practices at varying extent, try them out and further contextualise to make it relevant to our own classrooms. This, in fact, could be extended to linking two or more ideas that we draw from different places to complement each other. It sounds like 'mashing' but there's where we turn ideas into richer ideas! To some effect, it's a collaboration of ideas facilitated by us.
  • "3:15-3:45": Our mental model of "Professional development" has evolved - as we think deeper on the application of learning (or how learning is applied, again a varying depths). It's no longer just about attending a workshop and apply what's learned to our practices (perhaps "mathematically", a translation?), but to understand and seek deeper meaning, and selectively apply this knowledge to our context.
  • Role modeling - doing what we want our students to do, modeling & demonstrating - to influence
  • Collaborative efficacy
  • "5:15-5:27": Building Learning Technology Knowledge through "Online collaborative community sharing testable open co-designed peer-reviewed adaptable learning design"