Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
Will Richardson goes to a conference and notices that nobody is online. because the people at the conference (and how many times have you seen this?) are still working in pre-internet mode: they may be taking notes (on paper) but mostly they're just sitting there uncritically consuming the content from the front (which is how, I may add, charlatans and snake oil salesmen are able to be so successful on the popular book and conference circuit - but that's another story). Richardson asks, "how in god's name can we talk seriously about 21st Century skills for kids if we're not talking 21st Century skills for educators first?" Well exactly. Which is why I have been much more interested in teaching people about personal learning and how to be a good learner than I have in talking about the latest tips and tricks for technology in the classroom.


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