2. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Co-Founder & CEO
Powerful Learning Practice, LLC
21st Century Collaborative, LLC
The Connected Educator: Learning
and Leading in a Digital Age
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3. • THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
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6. Mantra for today’s keynote…
We are stronger together than apart.
None of us is as smart, creative, good or
interesting as all of us.
7. • THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
Things do not change; we change.
—Henry David Thoreau
What are you doing to contextualize and
mobilize what you are learning?
How will you leverage, how will you enable
your teachers or your students to leverage-
8. Learner First—
Introduce yourselves to each
other and brag a little. Talk
about (in 2 min or less) the
most recent or compelling
connected learning project you
have recently led, discovered,
or been involved in.
Emerson and Thoreau
reunited would ask-
become clearer to
you since we last
10. Are you Ready for Learning and
Leading in the 21st Century?
It isn’t just ―coming‖… it has arrived! And schools
who aren’t redefining themselves, risk becoming
irrelevant in preparing students for the future.
12. By the year 2011 80% of all Fortune 500
companies will be using immersive worlds –
Gartner Vice President Jackie Fenn
Credit: Hugh MacLeod, gapingvoid
13. 6 Trends for the digital age
Source: David Wiley: Openness and the disaggregated
future of higher education
14. ―We are tethered to our
always on/ always on us
communication devices and
the people and things we
reach through them.‖
~ Sherry Turkle
15. Web 1.0 Web 2.0 Web 3.0
We are living in a new economy –
powered by technology, fueled by
information, and driven by knowledge.
-- Futureworks: Trends and Challenges for
Work in the 21st Century
16. Shifting From Shifting To
Learning at school Learning anytime/anywhere
Teaching as a private event Teaching as a public
Learning as passive
Learning in a participatory
Learning as individuals
Learning in a networked
17. Shift in Learning – The Possibilities
Rethinking teaching and learning…
2. Changing Demographic
3. Active Content Creators
4. Global Collaboration and
We are in the midst of seeing education transform
from a book-based, linear system with a focus on
individual achievement to an web-based, divergent
system with a focus on community building.
Free range learners
Free-range learners choose
how and what they learn. Self-
service is less expensive and
more timely than the
alternative. Informal learning
has no need for the
busywork, chrome, and
bureaucracy that accompany
typical classroom instruction.
20. • THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
―Every time I go to school, I have to
power down.‖ --a high school student
21. What do we need to unlearn?
The Empire Strikes Back:
LUKE: Master, moving stones around is one thing. This is totally
YODA: No! No different! Only different in your mind.
You must unlearn what you have learned.
23. It is estimated that
1.5 exabytes of unique new information
will be generated
worldwide this year.
That’s estimated to be
more than in the
previous 5,000 years.
24. For students starting a four-year
education degree, this means that . . .
half of what they learn in their first year
of study will be outdated by their third
year of study.
25. Time Travel
Lewis Perelman, author of School's Out (1992). Perelman argues that
schools are out of sync with technological change:
...the technological gap between the school environment and the "real
world" is growing so wide, so fast that the classroom experience is on
the way to becoming not merely unproductive but increasingly
irrelevant to normal human existence (p.215).
Seymour Papert (1993)
In the wake of the startling growth of science and technology in our
recent past, some areas of human activity have undergone
megachange. Telecommunications, entertainment and transportation,
as well as medicine, are among them. School is a notable example of
an area that has not(p.2).
26. Shift in Learning = New Possibilities
Shift from emphasis on
To an emphasis
27. Shifts focus of literacy
28. Shifts focus of literacy
29. Connected Learning
The computer connects the student to the rest of the world
Learning occurs through connections with other learners
Learning is based on conversation and interaction
31. Connected Learner Scale
Share (Publish & Participate) –
Connect (Comment and
Remixing (building on the
ideas of others) –
Collaborate (Co-construction of
knowledge and meaning) –
Collective Action (Social Justice, Activism, Service
32. Trend 1 – Social and intellectual capital are the new economic
values in the world economy.
This new economy will be held together and advanced through the
building of relationships. Unleashing and connecting the collective
knowledge, ideas, and experiences of people creates and heightens
Journal of School Improvement, Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2002
35. • THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
We know this.
A revolution in technology
has transformed the way we
can find each
other, interact, and
collaborate to create
knowledge as connected
36. Do it Yourself PD
A revolution in technology has transformed the way
we can find each other, interact, and collaborate to
create knowledge as connected learners.
What are connected learners?
Learners who collaborate online; learners who use
social media to connect with others around the globe;
learners who engage in conversations in safe online
spaces; learners who bring what they learn online back
to their classrooms, schools, and districts.
41. • THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
Meet the new model for professional
Connected Learning Communities
In CLCs educators have several ways to
connect and collaborate:
• F2F learning communities (PLCs)
• Personal learning networks (PLNs)
• Communities of practice or inquiry
42. • THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
1. Local community: Purposeful, face-to-face
connections among members of a committed group—
a professional learning community (PLC)
2. Global network: Individually chosen, online
connections with a diverse collection of people and
resources from around the world—a personal learning
3. Bounded community: A committed, collective, and
often global group of individuals who have
overlapping interests and recognize a need for
connections that go deeper than the personal learning
network or the professional learning community can
provide—a community of practice or inquiry (CoP)
43. • THE CONNECTED EDUCATOR
Method Often organized for
Do-it-yourself Educators organize
Purpose To collaborate in
subject area or
grade leverl teams
For individuals to
gather info for
construction and to
bring back info to
interests and goals.
Individual, face to
face, and online
Collective, face to
face, or online
Personal growth Systemic
44. Community is the New Professional Development
Cochran-Smith and Lytle (1999a) describe three ways of knowing and constructing
Knowledge for Practice is often reflected in traditional PD efforts when a trainer shares
with teachers information produced by educational researchers. This knowledge presumes
a commonly accepted degree of correctness about what is being shared. The learner is
typically passive in this kind of "sit and get" experience. This kind of knowledge is
difficult for teachers to transfer to classrooms without support and follow through. After a
workshop, much of what was useful gets lost in the daily grind, pressures and isolation of
Knowledge in Practice recognizes the importance of teacher experience and practical
knowledge in improving classroom practice. As a teacher tests out new strategies and
assimilates them into teaching routines they construct knowledge in practice. They learn
by doing. This knowledge is strengthened when teachers reflect and share with one
another lessons learned during specific teaching sessions and describe the tacit
knowledge embedded in their experiences.
45. Community is the New Professional Development
Knowledge of Practice believes that systematic inquiry where teachers create
knowledge as they focus on raising questions about and systematically studying
their own classroom teaching practices collaboratively, allows educators to
construct knowledge of practice in ways that move beyond the basics of
classroom practice to a more systemic view of learning.
I believe that by attending to the development of knowledge for, in and of
practice, we can enhance professional growth that leads to real change.
Cochran-Smith, M., & Lytle, S.L. (1999a). Relationships of knowledge and
practice: Teaching learning in communities. Review of Research in
Education, 24, 249-305.
Passive, active, and reflective knowledge
building in local (PLC), global (CoP) and
contextual (PLN) learning spaces.
46. Dedication to the
Shares and contributes
Engages in strength-based approaches
and appreciative inquiry
Willingness to leaving one's comfort
zone to experiment with new strategies
and taking on new responsibilities
Dispositions and Values
Commitment to understanding
asking good questions
Explores ideas and concepts,
rethinking, revising, and
continuously repacks and unpacks,
urges to finish prematurely
Co-learner, Co-leader, Co-creator
Self directed, open minded
Commits to deep reflection
Transparent in thinking
Values and engages in a culture of
48. The driving engine of the collaborative culture of a PLC is
the team. They work together in an ongoing effort to
discover best practices and to expand their professional
PLCs are our best hope for reculturing schools. We want
to focus on shifting from a culture of teacher isolation to
a culture of deep and meaningful collaboration.
FOCUS: Local , F2F, Job-embedded-
in Real Time
49. “Understanding how
networks work is one of
the most important
literacies of the 21st
- Howard Rheingold
How do you define
50. A Definition of Networks
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Networks are created through publishing and sharing ideas and
connecting with others who share passions around those ideas who
learn from each other.
Networked learning is a process of developing and maintaining
connections with people and information, and communicating in
such a way so as to support one another's learning.
Connectivism (theory of learning in networks) is the use of a
network with nodes and connections as a central metaphor for
learning. In this metaphor, a node is anything that can be connected
to another node: information, data, feelings, images. Learning is the
process of creating connections and developing a network.
65. A Community of Practice is a network of individuals with common
problems or interests who get together to explore ways of working,
identify common solutions, and share good practice and ideas.
• puts you in touch with like-minded colleagues and peers
• allows you to share your experiences and learn from others
• allows you to collaborate and achieve common outcomes
• accelerates your learning
• Improves student achievement
• validates and builds on existing knowledge and good practice
• provides the opportunity to innovate and create new ideas
66. Looking Closely at Learning Community Design
4L Model (Linking, Lurking, Learning, and Leading)
inspired by John Seeley Brown
This model is developed
around the roles and
interactions members of a
community have as
participants in that
67. “Twitter and blogs ...
contribute an entirely
new dimension of
what it means to be a
part of a tribe. The
real power of tribes
has nothing to do with
the Internet and
everything to do with
“A tribe needs a
shared interest and a
way to communicate.”
68. The New Third Place?
―All great societies provide informal meeting places,
like the Forum in ancient Rome or a contemporary
English pub. But since World War II, America has
ceased doing so. The neighborhood tavern hasn't
followed the middle class out to the suburbs...‖ -- Ray
72. Real Question is this:
Are we willing to change- to risk change- to meet the
needs of the precious folks we serve?
Can you accept that Change (with a ―big‖ C) is
sometimes a messy process and that learning new things
together is going to require some tolerance for ambiguity.
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