June 29, 2017

The Tipping Point to Personal Learning – Part 3

The authors of Disrupting Class make a convincing case that the disruptive innovation of student-centered computer-delivered instruction will bring the end of teacher-based instruction (and, therefore, conventional schooling. (fn 17) According to their theory and data, the tipping point has already occurred; the shift is happening. We see it in the exponential growth of online […]

The Tipping Point to Personal Learning – Part 2

According to the authors of the book Disrupting Class, the theory of disruptive innovation predicts the end of schooling as we know it within ten years. Well, at least the beginning of the end. (fn 8) Inquiring minds may want to know what educational forms will replace schooling. In this post I’m going to describe what […]

The Study of Being Human

Driving home on a recent spring evening, I was listening to a Black Eyed Peas song, “One Tribe”. It’s quite the earnest appeal, both the lyrics and the… prayerfulness… of its musical arrangement. The crew Whoa-o-o-o-ing like a choir in the background, while Will.i.am preaches about forgetting evil and embracing our oneness. It’s very touching […]

Multiverse Learning

Tomorrow, I have the good fortune to get 15-20 minutes of time to talk with the participants at the Teacher-Librarian Day (TLD) sponsored by Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Metro State in Denver (or whatever the current name of that university is). TLD2012. Thank you, Peggy O’Neill-Jones and TPS staff! I’m using this post […]

Communities of Softball

On Wednesday this week I played my last game of softball with the Lost Boyz. In case you missed the reports on ESPN, the Lost Boyz have been my team for the past 14 years. We play seven months of each year (March through October) in a highly competitive double-header league, and we are very […]

Networking for Organizational Learning

In The Checklist Manifesto Atul Gawande argues that the complexity of human undertakings can be managed more effectively through the use of (you guessed it) checklists. No, really. And he makes an excellent case. First, he points out that “[T]he volume and complexity of what we know has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its […]

21st Century Learning Rules

Rule #8 — Learning occurs simultaneously and interactively within the individual, the community, and the organization. We think of the learning as something the person is doing. At the same time, the community in which the person is participating is also learning — whether a community of two (“teacher” and “learner”) or more (e.g., collaborative […]