We are preparing a new generation of learners, within a new information landscape, for a future that we can not clearly describe. These are three converging conditions that are forcing us to rethink education for the first time in decades — and even our notions of what it means to be educated. One thing is for sure, that it is not the education that worked for me in the 1950s and 60s.
I want to suggest that at least part of the solution is in the outside-the-classroom experiences of many of our students, what I call the Native* information experience. If we can come to understand the qualities of that experience, and recognize them as pedagogies — if we can crack the code of that experience, then we might be able to hack that code into meaningful formal learning experiences.
Here are links to the online handouts for this presentation and a transcript for any backchannel conversation that occurred.
It is a tremendous pleasure to be with you today in Topeka. Among my favorite audiences are those of educators in independent and religious schools. There is such a dedication and reliance on innovation in most of these schools, and it says a log as these are qualities of nearly all teachers.