This morning, I attended the Teq Digital Learning Summit at Avenues: The World School.
The keynote speaker was Paul Facteau, from Apple, who describes himself as Innovation Instigator. I love it! Paul’s talk focused on an architecture of innovation in schools. There are times when you hear a speak and say “Wow!” This was one of those presentations. There are times when you leave a presentation so many nuggets of information that you find yourself energized. This was one of those presentations.
Some key points:
- We need to understand that the content scarcity model and the current curriculum in schools model no longer exist.
- We need to have a destruction of the current period, subject and grade models.
- There is an urgency to rethink systems and learning.
Paul asked the following question: Are you teaching students to solve problems for which there are no answers?
The educational paradigm has now shifted:
- Stationary to ubiquitous
- Formal to casual
- Arms-length to intimate
- Abstract to physical
We need to change the experience to get students and teachers to look at learning differently. And then answer the next question – do kids give a damn about what they are learning?
We need learning to be personalized, precise and professional. We need to give students a voice and a choice.
- Support: foster self-reliance
- Relevance: Add value or die
- Leadership: Take it down your street