Think back to your mental image of a creative workplace. Was the place you imagined a school? If the answer was “no,” why not? School is a work place for 55 million people in the United States where 51.5 million student “workers” and 3.5 million teachers are charged with shaping the future. That’s a big job. That’s work!
Is the work environment for your students conducive to collaboration and creative thinking? For me personally, a work environment that “fits” is critical. If I had to work at a desk in a room that was set up to discourage collaboration, I think any creative spirit would wither away. In fact, if you know me, you know that in the past few months the work space I have access to has changed considerably. It is contemporary, comfortable, fluid, and, most importantly, conducive to collaborative, creative work.
How many school construction projects prioritize an innovative, collaborative learning environment? Or do they simply reproduce from a mold of “school” that was created decades ago?
The Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative has been established first and foremost to help parents and educators ‘reframe’ a child’s behavior: to understand the reasons why a child might be having trouble paying attention, ignoring distractors, inhibiting his impulses, modulating his emotions, and overall, maintaining a state of being calmly focused and alert. In far too many cases the problem lies in the excessive levels of stress that the child is struggling with.
Isn’t this the kind of learner we want students to become? Isn’t this what will transfer to the real world? If so, why don’t we do more of this? What are the barriers that exist? How would students in your school respond to this kind of school structure? Make 15 minutes of time to watch this…
“…people need to learn how to connect to new people on a regular basis. I’ve highlighted the last phrase because this is what social learning is all about; connections. No person has all the knowledge needed to work completely alone in our connected society. Neither does any company. Neither does any government. We are all connected AND dependent on each other.”
Each month, curators, museum directors, historians and educators from some of the world’s most renowned cultural institutions will reveal the hidden stories behind particular works, examine the curation process and provide insights into particular masterpieces or artists.
A good overview of Net Smart literacies. “Digital media has impacted our lives in staggering ways, and few people have chronicled that impact more thoughtfully than Howard Rheingold. In this Horizon Connect webinar, Howard will discuss his new book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, and answer your questions live. This is a great opportunity to learn how to more strategically think about and apply digital media in your own work.”
“In this first video of his critical thinking series, Howard introduces 5 key Internet literacies: attention, participation, cooperation, crap detection, and network awareness and discusses how mastering critical thinking skills can keep children safer online.”
“Being a transparent school leader in the 21st century means using all the tools at our disposal, including social media. It means learning to capitalize on social media’s power and complementing our school or district communication strategy with modern multi-way communication tools.”
This post contains a series of links for school administrators on why they should be using social media and some practical ways to use it within schools. Resources are broken out into two categories: WHY and HOW.
This is an outstanding post that quotes reports and research on how the internet and social media enhances the development of social-emotional learning. The post includes links to other posts on the topic as well as a list of activities for the classroom.
“This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement.”