Yesterday I had a chance to hear Simon Breakspear (@simonbreakspear) deliver his “Learning Redesigned” presentation. I thought the dive into deeper learning for all, and HOW was brilliant and thought provoking.
I have shared a simplified sketch of few key elements of the CMA model from my notability musings.
I am really interested in what Simon identified as three key aspects of change: start small, move fast, and iterate frequently. Clearly, these are aspects of change that big organizations such as K12 institutions do not excel at. As I was reflecting on his message over the day, I got to thinking about other connections within the K12 structure.
I don’t see this insight limited to learning and instructional practice. IT departments need to operate in this way too. I can envision many benefits of striking more quickly with technology change and implementation – especially with the ever increasing rate of digital change. The rapid iteration notion would apply to developing support models, tweaking networks for optimum performance and perhaps dynamic agile assignment of people resources to deal with trending needs re help-desk support models etc.
I wonder if the real quest is for instructional change & digital change to be working through this process at the same time for a more harmonious, rapid and positive change.
I love the AMPLIFY element of Simon’s model. There is no replacement for nurturing others, starting conversations and sharing your thinking and learning. PERIOD. As part of the go forward process, in my view it is critical that we, yes we – all of us, take the time to share our experiences in ways that are findable, sharable and provide forums for comments and questions: blogs, videos, chats etc. – we must leverage the learnings from the journeys we each experience.
Last week I had the privilege of participating on a panel discussion at the YRDSB’s Quest conference with Lewis Morgulis (DCDSB) and Russ Coles (YRDSB). The panel was moderated by Margaret Roberts (YRDSB). I appreciate that, with permission, we were able to livestream and record the session to offer a virtual learning opportunity to other interested educators.
The panel discussion was centred around four guiding questions:
- What is innovation in a K-12 context?
- Share an example where innovation has been successfully implemented?
- What were the elements that made your example successful?
- What were the challenges?
Watch the panel session.
Following the panel discussion, participants engaged in table discussion guided by the question and statement set below.
- What does innovation look like, sound like, feel like?
- share personal examples
- How do you engage staff that are resistant to change?
- How do you build a culture where change is accepted and embraced?
- Identify barriers and potential solutions
Participants also added comments, ideas and questions to a Today’s Meeting back channel. I have shared three quotes that resonated with me below.
Russ: thinking outside the box while living in the box
Mary-Anne: innovation starts when we stop accepting the status quo
Donna Miller Fry: (virtually from TBay) Innovation requires a willingness to be distrubed by M. Wheatley
Do you find these quotes & ideas intriguing? Check out the full session transcript [here] from the Todays Meet collaboration space.
The closing comment spoke for itself: As a result of your learning today, what would you do to start to implement this in your own context?
Please share your innovation ideas!
It was a pleasure for me to team up with Jennifer Paziuk to present on Innovative Learning Opportunities. As promised, we are sharing the session resources.
Futures Forum Project -June 28, 2013 from WRDSB Learning Services on Vimeo.
Additional blog articles about the WRDSB Futures Forum Project.
~Mark & Jennifer
Whether you know me personally, are a reader of this blog or have connected online or F2F, you know that I am passionate about connected learners needing connected leaders, and this fuels much of the work I do.
Today’s post features a video prepared in collaboration with Donna Miller Fry for the K12 Online Conference as part of the OSAPAC sponsored OSSEMOOC project. Special thanks to Silvana Hoxha, Brenda Sherry, Wayne Toms and Ken Whytock for their willingness to share their getting connected journeys.
Related Resource: Fostering Connectivity TEDx Talk
Thank you to those participants who attended my workshop presentations today. As promised, I am sharing the resources:
Conference Twitter feed #wbecon14
Enjoy a free, connected, self directed, professional learning experience through OSSEMOOC (blog) and/or connect to the OSSEMOOC Twitter feed.
Additional resources are listed at the end of the slide deck. Stay connected and continue to share your learning.
The other day I happened to catch a segment of The Current CBC broadcast as I was driving between school appointments. The topic was big data based the book Dataclysm, which certainly captivated my interest for a variety of reasons.
Image from Amazon.com
I happened to tune in just at the moment the discussion was focused on analyzing data written in social media, Twitter in this case. While many view social media communications as somewhat inane, an in depth analysis reveals some interesting facts.
- writing tends to be more sophisticated
- word length is 20% longer
- lexical density , the proportion of meaning carrying words, is higher than in many other forms of writing (email, magazines etc. – perhaps opposite to what you would think)
- with a limitation on the number of characters per message or post, 140 in this case, people learn to improve word choices
- in turn, this improves editing skills
In the interview, Christian commented that this type of analysis can and has been repeated. This is not an isolated ‘one time’ look at this area.
When one considers the writing benefits summarized here, I believe there is a strong case to incorporate the social media writing medium in the school system. Of course there are natural connections to digital citizenship, engagement, real world audiences etc.
As a classroom educator, if you are already doing this, keep going! If not, consider giving it a try with an age appropriate system, a collaborative document with simulated limits or even offline.
Listen to the CBC Podcast with Christian Rudder on Dataclysm
Book: Dataclysm by Christian Rudder
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Well, it is Saturday morning, up early after a long drive and feeling honoured to attend and present at the Ottawa GAFE (Google Apps For Educators) Summit with Andrew Bieronski. This summit is the first ever bilingual #gafesummit and has over 1200 educators participating. I am certainly looking forward to a great weekend of learning and sharing.
Today’s post shares the presentation resource for our Ottawa GAFE presentation.
Check out the video of our presentation:
Check out this Google Hangout interview with ECOO project manager Michelle Cordy and OSSEMOOC project co-leads Donna Miller Fry and Mark W. Carbone.
Take a moment to learn more about OSSEMOOC and find out about some of the plans for 14/15.
Todays connected learners need connected school and system leaders. Further to the presentation prepared for TEDxKitchenerED about the work that is/needs to be done in the area of personally owned, self directed learning opportunities for school/school board leaders to build awareness and capacity in this area, Donna & I are pleased to announce that the official TEDx video is now online.