Thursday, March 10, 2011

Create a Technology Revolution? How about a Learning Rave!

Challenge. It's highly unlikely that any technology revolution will start from within the current structure of public education. Here is my three-step action plan for a technology revolution -- I call it the New Rules for Learning.
  • First, disrupt the learning process ala Clayton Christensen's disruptive innovations approach that engages leaders, teachers, and students in a new setting and under new rules for learning -- instead of one teacher for large groups of learners, shift to thousands of teachers for each learner. That's done through online learning communities.
  • Second, develop learning layouts for blended strategies rather than units and lessons for courses. Integrating technology into the current classroom has not and will not scale to a revolution level. Learning layouts are a new way of mixing people, teaching, and technology to create new and better ways of learning.
  • Third, start a learning rave -- through online teacher-led social learning communities -- where teachers actively innovate, co-create, and share standards and practices that work for each learner in the disruptive innovation. This will demonstrate the results of new ways of teaching and learning.
Action. And the revolution requires the three action steps be converted into the form of job expectations within the disruptive innovation setting. This sets the vision and expectations for employing teachers committed to building the approach and evolving with it. In the New Rules for Learning, professional development occurs as part of the job of facilitating learning. This approach builds the scaling-up process needed for the revolution to play itself out successfully over time.

Learn More. Hey leaders of learning, let's do it! I've written more about this topic and the New Rules for Learning here:

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