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“The Future of Learning” Manifesto

Posted in all posts, education, future, learning, stories, teaching by coleman yee on January 6, 2007

think:lab has a thought-provoking manifesto on “The Future of Learning”.

Since I’m an Educational Technologist, I’ll just quote his point on the use of technology:

9.  It Ain’t About the Technology.  It’s About the Story.

Laptops?  (Yawn)
Blogging? (Yawn)
PowerPoint? (Snore)
Multi-Media Center with a Starbucks ‘coffee house’ espresso shot in the backside? (Daring?  21st century school?  Yawn.)

How about we stop talking all giddy-like about the technology.  For us, it’s not about the box.  Not even about the iPod in pink or black.   And it’s definitely not about the email (psst:  we don’t email ‘cept when old people need help).

It’s about the conversation.   The ricochet of words.  The energy.  The fact that its happening right here right now and it ain’t coming back.

Definitely worth reading and pondering over if you’re an educator.

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  1. Mois Daniel-Romania said, on February 4, 2007 at 3:05 am

    Liked your manifesto… but these teachers… realise the system is not good, is made to fed them, and they are the brake against changing it…

  2. Me said, on February 19, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Nothing new….read Cluetrain Manifesto from 1999. THAT’S where the conversations really started….

  3. coleman yee said, on February 19, 2007 at 9:35 am

    Me: the cluetrain manifesto is about online communication, while this one is about learning, not necessarily online. quite different 😉


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