Slippery Rocks & Hard Places: Twelve Bridges and Learning Matters

Presenter: Dennis Richards
Location: Andover, MA, USA
Link to presenter’s K12Online Ning Profile page

Presentation Title: Slippery Rocks & Hard Places: Twelve Bridges and Learning Matters

Presentation Description: To begin, I want you to know I created a wiki that expands upon the notions I discuss in this presentation/video. If you find what I say worthy of further reflection, carry your learning beyond the boundaries of the .mov and visit tr.im/bridginggaps.

If you wonder what a “well-educated” student will look like in our constantly shifting, interconnected, globalized society; if you want to know what teachers and administrators need to know about teaching and learning in the 21st Century; if you are ready to learn about newer, more effective ways of teaching that engage, challenge and inspire students; this is the session for you. In this video I will present a vision for teaching and learning in the 21st century that is evolving as I explore the intersection of pedagogy and the digital culture. There are twelve critical bridges that span competing conditions I have experienced that we must all acknowledge, experience and understand if we are to move toward the emerging new story of learning.

1. Building Learning Communities: Distant ~ Flat
2. Community Norms: Reserved ~ Confident
3. Boot Camp: Learned ~ Learning
4. Learning and Teaching: Compliance ~ Community
5. Read-Write Web: Repository ~ Participatory
6. Building a Network: Possess ~ Share
7. Leadership and Planning: Consistent ~ Innovative
8. Mental Models: Informed ~ Wise
9. Establishing Identity: Directed ~ Autonomous
10. Presentation Skills: Deliver ~ Engage
11. Learning Environment: Contained ~ Open
12. Map of Community Values: Change ~ Transformation

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Link to presentation’s supporting documents:
http://lsw09.wikispaces.com/Bridging+Gaps

Additional Information:
innovation3 blog: tr.im/i3blog
education week leadertalk blog contributor: tr.im/i3leader
innovation3 wiki: tr.im/i3wiki
twitter: dennisar
email: dennisar [at] gmail [dot] com

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3 Responses to “Slippery Rocks & Hard Places: Twelve Bridges and Learning Matters”

  1. Hello colleagues,

    Thank you for watching my presentation. Now the follow up conversation (and don’t forget the wiki, where you can find more to stimulate your thinking: tr.im/bridginggaps. For your convenience, I’ve provided the list of concepts from the preso.

    1) What about the content of the preso do you think is true in your experience?
    2) How do you make sense out of what confused you?
    3) Why is is important for children, students, even adults (educators especially) that we bridge the gaps and move toward the new story of learning?
    4) How can someone who watches this preso move their understanding from informed to wise?
    Extra Credit for any stories you can tell that illustrate anything in the preso.

    Building Learning Communities: Distant ~ Flat
    Community Norms: Reserved ~ Confident
    Boot Camp: Learned ~ Learning
    Learning and Teaching: Compliance ~ Community
    Read-Write Web: Repository ~ Participatory
    Building a Network: Possess ~ Share
    Leadership and Planning: Consistent ~ Innovative
    Mental Models: Informed ~ Wise
    Establishing Identity: Directed ~ Autonomous
    Presentation Skills: Deliver ~ Engage
    Learning Environment: Contained ~ Open
    Map of Community Values: Change ~ Transformation

  2. Laurie Parker says:

    Nice Job! I like the rock and water metaphors for progressing through the process of change!

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