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by Stephen Downes
May 12, 2015

How Big Is Your Brave?
Anthony Lees, Microsoft UK Schools Blog, 2015/05/12

One of my favourite songs of the last few years is Brave, by Sara Bareilles (in fact, the whole album is exceptional). So it doesn't surprise me to see echoes of the theme - and even some of the same phrasing - in motivational speeches about education the year following.

Don't run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there's a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Read more: Sara Bareilles - Brave Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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From “knowledge worker” to “learning worker”: what this means for an organisation
Jane Hart, Learning in the Social Workplace, 2015/05/12

Why can't all this be true of learning as well as working. Think about what the principles would become:

  • has a flexible learning environment
  • can customize own learning
  • shares learning resources
  • uses new ways to communicate and cooperate
  • can become a learning leader
  • shifts from knowledge learner to learning learner
  • learns and teaches at will

I see no reason why the learning place of the future couldn't be one where people organize and manage their own learning, and where learning professionals offer support, not instruction.

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