What innovations in education do you think have been important recently? and Who would be the innovators in education you’d most like to meet and why? These questions were posed to me by Christine in response to my last blog post “Nothing but 5”. I will most definitely be answering the two questions posed to me by Christine in this post but I am also going to talk about the growth of blogging as one way dialogue. A recent post by Scott McLeod on his blog Dangerously Irrelevant (a definite must read blog) talked about the golden era of blogging where the post would only be the start of the conversation. The comments would continue the conversation and there would be a great deal of engagement with the original ideas. I know myself that I don’t engage with great blog posts as much as I should. Scott is right when he says that maybe it is due to the proliferation of other social mediums. Is it fatigue or information overload? Is it both? I am lucky enough to contribute to the LearnEnabling website with a group of educators that I admire beyond belief. The site started with a conversation with Nick Jackson (@largerama) and myself and grew to be a platform for sharing stories about enabling learning in an eLearning role. Each member of the group takes it in turn to write a post every fortnight and the power of the site for me is that this is only the conversation starter. The comments are often nearly posts themselves and we strive to challenge each other’s thinking. I wrote a post about Digital Watering holes for students and the push from schools for students to gather online in an LMS. The below comments are just a sample of the dialogue that happens when we connect with each other’s thoughts.
I myself am guilty as charged when it comes to simply tweeting or retweeting a great post. Is it laziness or information overload? I’m not sure. My action to correct this is to comment on a post a day this week and then compile them at the end of the week as a reflective piece. I’m keen to see what posts jump out at me. Now before I forget Christine, here is my response to your questions.
What innovations in education do you think have been important recently?
This is really a challenging question because I can only speak to my context. What has been innovative at my school? Personally the making, prototyping and creating capacities afforded by technology have been the greatest innovation at my school. I have students designing their own combustion engine and 3D printing the design, students making guitars that work using Makey Makeys and students creating 3D experiences for Virtual reality. The tools available now to bring an idea to life are just mind blowing and the landscape will only keep getting better.
Who would be the innovators in education you’d most like to meet and why?
This is always students. Why? They are innovative in spite of education and this makes me smile and sad at the same time. I started a blog series on our school blog after being inspired by the learning of one of our students. You can read more about Jordan’s story here.
Now I hope reading this inspires you to reach out and comment on blog posts that get you thinking. Engage further with the conversation and see where it will take you.
As always, thanks for reading.