1. Such great answers…Love the line that they should stop talking about each other and start taking to each other…
    A visionary post, GC!

  2. Great post! I love the piece about helping students learn to create opportunities for themselves. Our question should no longer be whether that’s our goal, but HOW will we achieve that goal. I’ve also thought for some time that K-12 needs to be talking to universities… How else will anyone ever create change? Too often, we create excuses to keep assessment practices the same. Thanks for being truthful about some of the real issues!

    • alex

      but universities are sometimes or often out of touch with the real world … and it seems that many universities are changing and struggling to keep up with businesses and the workplace.

      • Alex, I don’t think that this is any more true than the inverse. K12 schools are just as guilty as being out of touch with the “real world”, making concerted change difficult. Are universities charged with preparing new teachers for the K12 culture as it currently exists, or do they prepare teachers for the K12 culture that we want to create? Many administrators that hire teachers are still looking for the former, I think – perhaps even more so in a testing and standards intensive climate here in the USA. That being said, I strongly believe that it IS possible to do both much better than is currently happening. A big problem in this is that higher education faculty are often just as behind when it comes to innovative learning facilitated by new technologies as are teachers. TPACK in teacher education programs is strong in pedagogical and content knowledge, yet remains fairly weak in technological knowledge and how that informs the other two.

  3. Interesting questions to reflect on. Your point about giving students and teachers an authentic audience rather than only the ‘special event assemblies’ is one that I connect with. So many times ‘real learning’ happens but it is not something that can be shared at an assembly- it can however be shared by setting up systems whereby students can share what is meaningful to them in a manner that suits them through their own voice. The shift for me is in going (and getting students/educators) from ‘have to share’ to ‘want to share’ because they have a confident, reflective, and collaborative mindset.

  4. Great post¡¡ short & accurate. It points out some of the BIG questions about today education and learning: what are the students skills for the future, what about entrepreneurship, how to curate the over information, how to become critical, how we give both teachers & students a voice in their learning? what and how should be the relationships between K-12 and Higher Ed?

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