“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists” (Eric Hoffer)
Today, all the teachers in our board participated in professional development centred around 21st century learning. Each school sent a few representatives to the symposium, while the remaining teachers and support staff at each school logged in to a live stream and watched the presentation together. I can honestly say that today’s symposium and speakers were amazing. I have so much to write and think about, but I need to go over my notes to really do it justice. So many excellent ideas were presented today and I really want to reflect on how to be a learner and a teacher, how to engage my students in innovative ways, and how to apply all this new knowledge to my teaching.
Here are a few things though:
- Ian Jukes, the author of Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape, was captivating and provided so much information about teaching this “digital generation”
- Will Richardson, the author of Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections of Transform Education, asked us to rethink traditional classrooms and the purpose of education
I have so many thoughts running through my head regarding the questions raised today, but I have to try to formulate some sort of plan to address these ideas in the classroom. One item that was mentioned today was teachers using blogs to get connected to students, parents, and other educators…on that note:
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