EFF13: Rethinking How We Learn
EFF13: How do we rethink learning? Today, the answer to rethinking learning must go beyond a discussion of just connectivity. Education is under a lot of pressure from everywhere, including the corporate sector, where skills demanded are changing rapidly. Innovation, problem solving, collaboration and digital literacy are expected in most professions, and if they aren’t yet, those attributes will be an expected mandate soon.
On May 7, 2015, a live global education debate—EFF13, Rethinking How We Learn, will take place at 12:15-13:45 BST (7:15 EDT). It will be streamed live at www.effdebate.org with a short sharing link: http://www.effdebate.org/debates/previous-debates/eff13/ at Twitter hashtag: #EFF13 and @effdebate. There is no registration, or fee to participate, watch and listen. Just show up online, and you can Tweet comments, suggestions, and debate with some of the most knowledgeable and influential education reformers, transformers and educator advocates on the planet.
So, what makes a digitally literate person? Is it more than someone, who can learn, unlearn, and re-learn, as well as adapt, with ease, to a number of 21st Century tool options? If so, then have we helped our students get there, and have we, more importantly taught them to use these new tools appropriately for specific tasks and goals?
And what about the social implications for educators and students, today, which play such an important role each day in their outside of school lives? How can social media be adapted to teaching, and for student use as a collaborative learning tool in class, too? These and other ideas that will be debated at EFF13 will help to reshape the conversation about changing the learning environment, and quite possibly take steps to move toward action for actually making change happen. To be a part of this debate is history, but to take the next step with the participants could help change the future of education. It is a time to be active, rather than passive. It is the best thing we tell our children, and our students each day. It’s very appropriate that we model this as adults. EFF13 can be a start.
Education Fast Forward on May 7th will be live from Norway.
Author and social media pioneer Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold) will be at the EFF13 Debate from Trondheim, Norway, where he’s lecturing at the Norwegian Conference for Education and Learning (NKUL) about social media and co-learning. Rheingold will kick off the debate with a presentation about the implications of social media, and virtual communities (a term he is credited with creating) on how we learn. Joining Rheingold is chair for EFF13 event, Gavin Dykes (@gavindk), who is co-founder and Director of EFF. Dykes is an independent education and technology advisor, who works with governments, agencies, major corporations, and institutions across the world on policy and strategy.
Andreas Schleicher (@SchleicherEDU), Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to OECD’s Secretary-General will close the EFF13 Debate. Schleicher is known for his global economics and education presentations, and provides strategic oversight over OECD’s work on the development and utilization of skills for their social and economic outcomes. Schleicher has a way of cutting to the chase, so his conclusions should be another memorable call to action.
Education Leaders from Around the World
There will be other prominent education leaders from around the world joining the debate, too, such as David Coltart (@DavidColtart), Lars Person (@LarsPersen), Kristen Weatherby (@KW_Research), Marianne Hagellia (@mhagelia), and Jim Wynn (@JIM_WYNN) co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of EFF, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Education. And if YOU join, you will be part of the discussions, too. Anyone and everyone, who talks, writes, and even whinges about education should be at the Education Fast Forward Debate on May 7, as well as future debates presented regularly by EFF. There truly is no other forum like Education Fast Forward (EFF) in the world.
Get involved! Join the debate! Move education talk to action! Rethink learning!
About the Author
Ken Royal is a former educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience. He has written at many of the major education publications, including District Administration, TechLearning, and Scholastic Administrator. Presently, Ken is a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is a Promethean storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.