Another Change or Die Education Video
This has inspired me to get moving on the mock change education video I’ve been planning for a while.
I’ll detail how it’ll be used in a later post.
William Kamkwamba had to drop out of high school because his family didn’t have enough money to cover the fees. Comitted to continuing his education, Kamkwamba found a local primary school with a large donated library. He read everything he could get his hands on, but was taken by a book on energy production that included plans for creating a windmill generator. His blog is a wonderful account of his successful attempt at providing power to his home and the homes of his neighbors. I was inspired by this story. The “internets” have been a key component to connecting Kamkwamba with other solar engineers and the larger world–helping him improve on his original generator. His windmill is the perfect example of 21st Century skills in practice. via BoingBoing
I was asked to speak at the VCU School of Education’s Teaching Literacy in a Digital World Conference this past Saturday. I’ve haven’t spent much time thinking about “digital literacy” in the past few years. It’s been somewhat mashed together with other terms that overlap like- digital fluency, computational thinking, etc. – and like those terms there’s not much agreement on what it is. I glanced at a few definitions prior to making this but didn’t really stick with one. When Dr. Leila Christenbury started the conference she referenced the “find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet” definition of digital literacy so I added that while I waited and it makes as good a framework as anything else. A chunk of the presentation is on GitHub here or you can fork it here. I opted to do the presentation with reveal.js and on GitHub mainly because I need to be expanding my own competencies (digital and otherwise). I struck the “differently” portion because I wanted to orient things more towards the idea of doing things and didn’t want people getting caught up in the nuances of whether it was really “different.” This was an attempt to connect with the audience. I believed they were mainly k12 teachers or faculty in the School of Ed (who […]
cc licensed flickr photo shared by bionicteaching I saw a presentation today delivered by Jason Tester (Institute for the Future). It was one of the more interesting presentations I’ve seen in a while. The whole presentation was framed around superhero skills for the immediate future. The names are a little silly but he had some fresh websites and I think the ideas are solid. Tester is not an education expert and so he didn’t try to make tight ties to how these skills play out in schools. mobbability -work in large groups while maintaing role, organize and collaborate with many simultaneously influency -ability to be persuasive in multiple social contexts ping quotient -measures your responsiveness to other peoples request for engagement, propensity/ ability to reach out to others via a network protovation -fearless innovation in rapid, iterative cycles open authorship -creating content for public consumption and modification emergensight -ability to prepare for and handle surprising results and complexity (or create the right conditions for it) signal noise management -filtering meaningful info patterns and commonalities from the stream of information coming into our lives cooperation radar -the ability to sense, almost intuitively, who would make the best collaborators on a particular task longbroading -thinking in terms of higher level systems, cycles, the big picture One of the things that struck me […]