Teaching in the middle of the digital revolution

“Today, the duality of conceptual (new models of education, advancement of social learning theory) and technological (elearning, mobile devices, learning networks) revolutions offers the prospect of transformative change in teaching and learning” – George Siemens

Luckily for every educator currently wrestling with integrating digital technology into the learning we provide, elucidator of Connectivism, George Seimens, has created a wiki based off his new book, ‘The handbook of emerging technologies for learning’ (web address for wiki: http://bit.ly/RVuv3), that looks at how we all can cope and thrive as we seek to teach in the middle of such transformative times.

This idea of having a wiki to accompany the book means it won’t date so fast, plus as Monty Python have found, making some of your content available on the web generally increases sales (their DVD sales rose by 500% when they released free content on youtube recently) !

Beyond this though, the collaborative nature of a wiki is really what Connectivism and much of Siemens work is really about – so kudos George for practicing what you preach and thanks for the great site! There is a PDF version that can be downloaded also – head over and enjoy!

Consider technology transition – via the IRIS model

Came across a great visual chart during the week from a twitter contact, and as I have a few readers involved in the process of transitioning technology into the school environment, I thought it worthy of sharing. Go to http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2009/03/05/iris-model for the full image and explanation.

Suffice to say its a complex process, requiring extensive thought if you’re an educator charged with integrating technology into education – oh wait, thats all of us! Guess you better head over there.

6 design principles of the 21st century school

via ACOT

Came across this today and had to share. Its an overview of what a 21st century school should look like, and I like it because rather than just being theory or ideas, its very grounded in the practicalities. Something else you might notice – it doesn’t even directly mention ‘technology’ … hmmm… This is because integrating digital tools for learning = good teaching anyway. Head over to HERE (info via Apple) to read the WHY’s behind each of the categories.