A new report asks a very important question in, ‘What can we learn today about the students’ aspirations, adoption and adaption of emerging technologies for learning than can help us plan for the future?’ A major national survey concluded that students were already very effectively implementing a vision of socially-based, un-tethered and digitally-rich learning on their own, in and out of school, with or without the assistance and support of their teachers and schools.
We should shut down all Australian High Schools and re-purpose the sites, shifting all academic education online. The resulting spaces should be for young people to use for sport, art, musical performance and other community activities.
For educators dieting on a menu of progressive blog posts and viral education videos, it’s enticing to think that we might just be at a tipping point for transforming education. But before tipping that iceberg over to discover a whole new world, we have to realize the enormity of the task we hope to undertake.
Like you, my RSS feeds and the links that unfurl, in a never-ending stream from twitter and yammer, often inspire and make me feel part of a future arriving now. We are doing good work to help students, communities, systems and the future of learning.
Sometimes, sometimes, it can feel a little hollow and real change, glacial and wholly unlikely.
The quotes above, taken from three sources in a 24-hour period, seem to blend and merge into a somewhat complimentary montage of the ‘enormity’ of what is happening and needs to happen if our communities are to flourish in these New Times.
Rogan Jacobson’s call for a ‘re-purposing’ of our current schools seems to reflect the anecdotal evidence, our own personal lived experiences and research which suggest that learning is no longer best facilitated by a traditional model of ‘bricks and mortar’ schooling. The ‘enormity’, that Rodd Lucier (aka ‘The Clever Sheep’) mentions, of our ‘challenge’, is highlighted by this radically attractive proposition of Rogan’s. No-one who reads this post will believe that schools will be ‘closed’, in the way suggested, to bloom as a places of art and music, poetry and sport. For a host of reasons, even if this was the smartest educational and social policy to pursue, it is just not going to happen.
Q: What hope do you have for the future of learning? Have you a pragmatic, positive vision to balance your more idealistic ideas?