I have been busy creating infographics over the last couple of weeks, to help explain what I have learnt from Michael Fullan and Maria Langworthy's paper, "A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies find Deep Learning." There is so much useful information in this paper, but it has been hard to try to communicate this with others. Hopefully these infographics will help. More to come soon.
The digital revolution is transforming our work, our organisations and our daily lives. But, so far, this revolution has not transformed most schools or most teaching and learning in classrooms. Schools across the globe have invested heavily in technology over the last few years, but they have yet to see a significant return on their investment*. Those at the chalkface know that it’s never been about the technology, it’s always been about learning.
It’s all very well saying “learning first, technology second”, but we need to go deeper than that. We need a new vision of deep learning that is relevant to the digital age in which we live. We need a new model of education that will enable pupils to thrive in the 21st century. We need to focus on deep learning goals which provide pupils with intrinsically meaningful, real-world experiences enabled and accelerated by ubiquitous access to technology*.
I have always been fascinated by the role of technology in education and I look forward to sharing more with you on my website in the future.
*M. Fullan & M. Langworthy (A Rich Seam: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, 2014)