Monday, October 8, 2007

Are we listening?

Which stories define us? To whom do we listen? What messages shape our values and influence our decisions? When we finish pondering these answers for ourselves, we need to ponder the answers for all learners.
I just viewed a fantastic preconference keynote by David Warlick. There is a live, active chat to accompany it. His metaphor of the airport is fully supported by his presentation, although he doesn't spell it out, nor should he.
He talks about new boundaries for learning, but are we listening? We all need to equip today's learners with the skills and strategies they will need in order to live successful lives in the 21st century. The best way to predict the future is to invent it (Kay, 1971). We are in the position now to invent that future, to define new boundaries.
William Gibson once said, The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet. I could contend that the future IS widely distributed and we must incorporate it or be quickly outdated .
Incorporating the ISTE standards may be a place to begin. I 'teach' computer and assert that I need to work myself out of a job if I am indeed doing my job. Digital literacies ideally should be fully integrated into every class we offer. That canon of information cannot be contained in hardbound copies any longer, but is dynamic, transformative, online, and transient.
Are you listening?
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1 comment:

Kevin H said...

I am here, listening (or reading anyway).
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and that Gibson quote (and your response to it).
If we view this as the future, then the question remains, how do we convince others of the merit, right?

Take care
Kevin H.