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on January 3, 2007 at 7:05:58 am

I blog in two places: a professional blog about teaching and learning in a 2.0 world, and a classroom based portal where all of the essential links for my class are located and where I am an equal member of the learning community of my classroom.


In the work that I do in my classroom, I emphasize several distinct trends and ideas:


1.) Learning works best when we begin to harness the potential power of networks. Fomring flexible and fluid learning networks that are based on learning needs and not on geography is an essential skill for learning in the 21st century. Read Yochai Benkler's The Wealth of Networks


2.) Students perform at their highest levels when they are invested in what they are learning. I believe in eventually giving students a certain amount of choice in what they are learning, how they are learning it, and how they represent their growing understandings of that topic.


3.) The idea of studio is extremely important. Studios are spaces where learning happens intensely in ways that allow for critique and the modification of ideas. Studios can be globally distributed and connected. Stuios operate with a distinct rhythm and with different timelines and guidelines. Here is an example from a university based classroom.


4.) Finally, the entire concept of what learning is, and the skills that are required to be considered literate are undergoing rapid change. Knowledge has a falling half - life and comes from many legitimate channels.

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