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Microsoft CLC – What Really Matters and What’s Worth Doing

October 20, 2015

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2015 Connected Learning Conference

Long Live Learning

What Really Matters and What’s Worth Doing
Disruption, Delusion & Deep Learning
Keynote – Bruce Dixon
Co-Founder and President, Anytime Anywhere Learning

What do we do well and what could we do better.

Bruce asked each table to have a brief conversation about what we do well. Lots of conversation, but by and large, schools actually make the physical technology work fairly well.

Why do we appear to have such low expectations for what technology-richness makes possible for our young modern learners?

This really matters…

  1. How might we best overcome our low expectations for what digital richness now makes possible?
  2. What are the prerequisites for a modern learning environment that might better allow our young learners to leverage and amplify the opportunities afforded to them in this digitally rich world?
  3. How well do existing pedagogies serve the needs of our young modern learners today?

The one really competitive skill is the skill of being able to learn. It is the skill of being able not to give the right answer to questions about what you were taught in school, but to make the right response to situations that are outside the scope of what you were taught in school. We need to produce people who know how to act when they’re faced with situations for which they were not specifically prepared. – Seymour Papert

It’s not that technology is ever going to be a simple or singular answer. It never has been; but while technology is never the answer, the answer isn’t now possible without it. – Martin stewart-Weeks

3 ideas that were absurd 5 years ago….

  1. Uber
  2. (electric) Driverless cars
  3. Drones

Book: Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

Our goal must be to find ways in which children can use technology as a constructive medium to do things that they could not do before; to do things at a level of complexity that was not previously accessible to children. – Seymour Papert

Book: The Pattern on the Stone by Danny Hillis


Very traditional schools often embrace tech: blended, flipped, soc media, etc. That’s b/c it poses no threat to trad’tl assumptns about learning – Alfie Kohn

Our students expectations are now demanding we break the cycle of incrementalism

Bruce had a lot of great content and even with some superb and amazing typing skills I could not keep up. Hoping that part of his presentation, if not all of it will be posted at some point so I can update my notes. Really worthwhile listening to Bruce today.

It’s preposterous to suggest that pedagogy drives technology. This is where Papert and nearly every other prominent edtech person diverge. Technology drives pedagogy. It always has. How and what we teach is the direct result of an era’s technology. Schooling today is dominated by texts, tests, and boards at the front of the room… Gary Stager



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