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Tune into Abundance

Stephen Covey describes the Win-Win Habit as the “Habit of Mutual Benefit”.  The mentality that one must have for this habit is of abundance:  “There is plenty out there for everyone, and more to spare”. I am amazed at my own children and how they have acquired a win-win attitude.  They love to share their ideas with others and enjoy having their ideas “remixed” by others for the benefit of everyone.  I think I grew up in a more competitive time.  I was taught to not share my work because others would “steal” my ideas or copy me.  I was not encouraged to collaborate often enough and thus have more of a competitive attitude. This paradigm has evolved for me due to the nature of my work and even more so due to interacting with others using social media such as Twitter.  I wonder if my children became more tuned into abundance due to their interaction with Web 2.0 /social media tools?

When I think about 21st century learning, collaboration is at the heart of it and having an abundance mentality is a prerequisite!  I ask myself…have I held children back from sharing and collaborating as often as they should due to my mentality?  Do the adults in children’s lives have the scarcity mentality and do our children have the abundance mentality?  If so, what does that look like for our learning environments at home, at school and at the hockey rink/soccer field/dance studio, etc.?  A win-win paradigm is crucial.  This leads to creative cooperation that result in innovation and invention.  Isn’t this what we want for our own children and our students?  What paradigm are you coming from and has it evolved?

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My “TweetBites” from #ATLE

I’m looking back at my tweets from the fantastic ATLE 2011 conference last week.  The great thing about Twitter at a conference is that it is collective note taking.  You are left with all of the information & ideas that resonated with you as well as from other people. My learning is also reinforced by tweeting key points in the session or just reading what others tweet in the hashtag stream. Here are some “Tweetbites” from the three engaging keynote sessions: Scott Kinney from Discovery Education, Stephanie Hamilton from Apple and Michael Furdyk from TakingITGlobal.

Scott Kinney:

  • Why digital? interact with content differently, access to current & relevant content,  to meet the needs of all learners
  • Retention and speed of learning increases with digital media
  • Digital  media reaches students in many different ways
  • Joe Non-Netbook Video
  • Students ages 8-18 spend 71/2 hrs interacting with media per day=101/2 hr of content intake

Stephanie Hamilton:

  • The learning needs to drive the technology not technology driving the learning
  • Does the physical environment match an effective environment for learning?
  • Our brains are naturally social. We need collaboration maximize learning
  • Learning environments need to be user/student centric
  • SAMR Model
  • SAMR: Substitution is when you have the technology but you don’t change the pedagogy
  • Schools need to focus on pedagogy not just the technology
  • Teachers become paralyzed when they don’t know what 21st century learning looks like
  • “Job of teachers today is to create the conditions for invention”- Seymour Papert
  • Schools need to be providers of context not content or schools will be irrelevant…Content is everywhere
  • Information can double 3 times in 1 class period
  • Great book about change: Switch
  • Students want school to be less boring, real world application, interact with media and they want more choice!
  • Students don’t want to be the receivers, they want to be part of creating

Michael Furdyk:

  • Real world application for students
  • Giving kids voice throughout the world
  • TakingITGlobal actually giving voice to youth in changing the world. Powerful!