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Who Me? Change the World?

28 Jun


cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by Scott Webb

“…technology in education is not the icing on the cake, it’s kneaded in the dough and woven into the fabric of everything we do in our classes because it matters and it enhances the learning experience.”

(Bellow, A. “You’re Invited to Change the World.” Keynote, ISTE 2013 from San Antonio, Texas, June 26, 2013.)

Over the past year, our school division has endeavoured to live its VISION of a place where exploration, creativity, and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams. And today, I had 50 minutes to view Adam’s closing keynote for ISTE which centered around a similar theme to the work we are aspiring daily to do with 10,000 students, 1,000 employees and many more community members at 21 school sites.

Adam’s keynote focus on changing the world by changing education was filled with many gems such as:

  • We have to do stuff that matters with students.
  • Students need to be creators not just consumers.
  • Fear inhibits change.
  • Respect failure, embrace curiosity, grow dreams.
  • Innovation ≠ Iteration, innovation is where fear and bravery intersect.
  • There should be an IEP (IPP) for every learner, measuring ourselves, our growth, self-assessing, readjusting. 20% time should be utilized to follow passions/interests.
  • Passion is the secret ingredient for all learners.
  • Technology is the great equalizer.
  • We need to remove the bar, forget expectations, take away limits, give less directions and more freedom.
  • We shouldn’t standardize creativity we should unleash it and collaborate.
  • There will be challenges, which we should acknowledge and turn them into opportunities.
  • Learning, doing, and then sharing is awesome and important.
  • Explore – share – contribute.
  • We are all builders, technology has empowered us and it is up to us to make positive change.

So what’s my take on Adam’s keynote? That this video should be shown to all our teachers, discussions should take place about how we can change our world in PSD and finally, I aim to read more blogs on PSD and make comments on them….maybe I can contribute to someone’s change factor while working on my own!

Summer is upon us in Alberta. My blog will remain mostly silent in July and August. I wish all teachers a restful and rejuvenating summer break.

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