Friday, April 1, 2011

Anytime, Anywhere Learning - What Are The Implications For Schools?

This is an excerpt from Will Richardson's TED Talk a few weeks ago that really highlights the way that learning is changing for our students. It is vastly different than what preceding generations of school children have experienced and this makes it difficult for many of us to draw connections. However, there are huge implications for schools as we are challenged to examine how we can harness the vast resources now available in order to continue to provide our community with the best possible learning environment for students.

I would love to hear your thoughts.


  1. hi, i know this doesn't have to do with the post but i thought you might read this anyway. this morning i noticed something when i drove into school. the teacher parking lot was plowed perfectly, but the student parking lot had 4 inches of snow. i guess that just goes to show how much you respect us as students.

  2. Talking to a teacher yesterday regarding 21century skills and she asked two pertinent questions. With the growth of 1 to 1 computing and tablet devices on the rise, she wanted to know the following: Will we still have to teach handwriting in the younger grades? Considering it's not developmentally appropriate for such young hands and many computer programs have drag and drop word banks available, couldn't students wait to formally learn to write until 3rd grade when fine motor skills are more developed?

    Her second question was in a similar vein. If new technology now has books being read to students at varying speeds and languages, do we need to teach reading at such a young age? Couldn't we focus more on developing the desire and curiosity for reading and then when they are ready, teach how to read and write simultaneously at grade 3?

    Considering the focus of this blog is implications for schools regarding future schooling, I consider these excellent questions to start the reflection process; to help everyone sit back and really examine everything that we considered "schooling" in the past. The skills mentioned above were all taught at younger grades because students needed to be ready to be "done" with school at an early age and work in an industrialized society.

    Do we still need that structure today or should we now be focusing on some other more pertinent skills for today's young learners and future global citizens instead?


  3. Great accomplishment, Tess!!! I can relate to this as my own children have done the same with the social media to augment their musical skills. The speed at which these young kids learn is absolutely astounding. I can remember such an incident. Using her digital camera to video herself practicing for an upcoming dance recital, my daughter then put the video on our TV so that she could see it on a much greater scale. I was so impressed!! My son is a lot like Tess, who also uses social media to advance musically. Our kids do not need the lessons as to how to use the social media (like I do). They are just self taught. How impressive!!

  4. I went to a Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace conference about ten years in Boston sponsored by Microsoft. I was a Principal with the Dufferin-Peel CDSB at the time. I meet all kinds of great of people that were using technology to enhance both the learning and teaching process. At the conference I met two people that challenged me on how technology could be used in the classroom. The first person was John Abbott and the second was Michael Furdyk. At the conference I saw first hand how educators were using technology in a one to one environment to expand student learning. I am glad to see that there is a school in my backyard that has embraced the concept of Anywhere, Anytime Learning.


    Gerry Cockburn