Shift_Learning: The 7 Most Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today by Terry Heick, Director at TeachThought


I am really fortunate to be a part of the GEDSB A-Team, a group of forward thinking teachers and administrators who are regularly brought together to focus on the connection between our Educational Technology infusion in our board and the use of those technologies for instructional purposes. BY THE WAY the “A” in A team stands for achievement. It was noted at our last meeting how fast the technology shift is taking place in our board with things like BYOD and the like. When I read Heick’s Article on 7 most powerful Idea Shifts in learning taking place I felt it really added a context to the discussion the A Teamhad as a group. Important to note that although some educators try to fight against these shifts in their own personal practice the pace of change makes this pretty hard task.

RipTide Analogy: I think of changes like a swimmer caught within a rip tide. The common advice for those caught in a rip tide is to swim with or crossways to the current and not against it lest one become exhausted and be taken out to sea. For those resisting the tide of technology and 21st century learning maybe the riptide strategy might be better advice to deal with the shift of practice taking place.

Check out the 7 Most Powerful Ideas in Learning from Terry Heick’s article below. A link to the whole article is after the referenced pieces.


Shift_Learning: The 7 Most Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today

1. Digital & Research Literacy

Digital literacy is a trend that involves the consumption, comprehension, and curation of digital media. This is directly tied to research literacy, as both digital and digitized data sources serve as primary research resources.

2. Shift From Standards To Habits

The shift from purely academic standards to critical thinking habits supports personalized, 21st century learning through a preceding shift from institution to learner.

3. Game-Based Learning & Gamification

Game-Based Learning aggregates the power of learning simulations, social gaming, emotional immersion, and digital literacy to produce a net effect of transparency and participation on the learner.

4. Connectivism

Through social media, mobile learning, blended learning, eLearning, and other inherently connected learning experiences, it is possible to leverage the potential of interdependence and crowds. This occurs simply through crowdsourced knowledge (e.g., Quora, Wikipedia, learnist), visually through curation (e.g., scoopit, pinterest, MentorMob), and long-term through digital communities (e.g., twitter, Google+, facebook).

5. Transparency

A natural consequence of digital and social media, transparency is the opposite of closed, traditional schooling, where the walls of the classroom are tick and the local teachers and policies govern, judge, and process everything.

6. Place-Based Education

Place-Based Education complements digital platforms that tend towards globalization. While it is tempting for learners to constantly connect with exotic ideas in equally exotic locations, authentic learning experiences allow learners to self-direct personal change in pursuit of social change–and that starts small, at home and surrounding intimate communities.

7. Self-Directed Learning & Play

Self-Directed Learning is almost certainly at the core of the future of learning. To not allow learners to “play” with information, platforms, and ideas is to ignore the access, tools, and patterns of 21st century life.

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