Every fortnight (two weeks) our editor sends along a few links with the most noteworthy quote from each article, a way of keeping our team abreast of what’s going on in the world around peer-learning, collective learning and knowledge sharing. We decided to share them alongside the magazine.
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Happy Ada Lovelace day!
Peer-to-peer learning is one of the priorities that emerged from the November 2012 g7+ Haiti Ministerial Meeting, and is a key pillar of the Fragile-to-Fragile Cooperation concept. It aims at mobilising cooperation among member countries, developing a network to share knowledge and expertise among g7+ member countries, and applying the collective skills of the group to the specific challenges each country faces. Peer learning will thus help the sharing of experiences in peacebuilding and statebuilding, enhance knowledge-generation from g7+ countries, and stimulate specific initiatives to help fill in knowledge and capacity gaps in PSG achievement.
(By Sandy Speicher, the managing director of IDEO’s education practice)
I believe that personalized learning is the future: Center on each child and his or her needs. Sometimes this concept is also referred to as blended or individualized learning. “Blended” sounds like what matters is teachers plus technology, but when we talk of personalized learning, what we’re talking about is the individual’s learning journey.
The terminology will change, of course, as we get used to the idea that learning happens through many channels. It’s just what people do these days—they navigate between tools, physical and digital, for a comprehensive experience. Soon we’ll just call it “learning.”
An excellent article by Christina Xu about fostering communities, a good read for E-180ites and for people looking to form learning communities. (And she’ll be writing for us in January!)
The fact is, every single community assembles for different reasons, has different properties and needs, operates in different contexts, and evolves differently over time. We can wax poetic about network theory and strategies and tactics all day long, but in the end, community building and maintenance will always come down to strenuous, emotionally draining labor that’s often underappreciated and misunderstood. Burnout, as an organizer, is almost an inevitability.
As we attempt to transition into a networked creative economy, we need leaders who promote learning and who master fast, relevant and autonomous learning themselves. There is no other way to address the wicked problems facing us. If work is learning and learning is the work, then leadership should be all about enabling learning. In a recent Deloitte study, Global Human Capital Trends 2015, 85 percent of the respondents cited learning as being either important or very important. Yet, more companies than ever report they are unprepared to address this challenge.
Ducard showed a video of 360-degree videos on YouTube, being used by children with smartphones Google Cardboard virtual-reality headsets to visit a virtual Verona while studying Romeo & Juliet, and pointed to more of this to come in the future.
He then talked about some of YouTube’s new features, such as guest curators like Geena Davis and Nat Geo Kids, before praising the trend that’s seeing children setting up their own channels and finding big audiences of their peers
“After people have learned to read they can read to learn. After people have learned to write they can write to learn. And after people have learned to code, they can code to learn.”
Somewhat off topic but important line of thought for future education and written by Ayah Bdeir, a favourite of mine; Building Connections Between Maker Ed and Standards