[...] I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to what my own children are going to need to be able to do when they get to where they have to support my wife and I in our old age [...]. They are not being empowered to learn, not being helped to become:
• Self-learners who are able to navigate the 10 or 15 or however many job changes people are predicting for them by the time they are 30;
• Self-selectors who must find and evaluate and finally choose their own teachers and collaborators as they build their own networks of learners;
• Self-editors who can look at a piece of information and assess it on a variety of levels, not simply believe it because someone else does;
• Self-organizers who can manage the slew of information coming at them by developing their own structures and strategies for making sense of it all;
• Self-reflectors who are not solely dependent on external evaluation to drive their decision making and their evolution as learners and people;
• Self-publishers who understand the power and importance of sharing and connecting information and knowledge and can do it effectively and ethically;
• Self-protectors who understand where the online dangers lie, can recognize them, and can act appropriately to stay away from harm.
Some thoughts on teaching, learning, and the process of communication. Posts on these pages are collected under the following categories:
Ambience: a grab-bag of words, sounds, and pictures.
Projects: completed works and works-in-progress.
School: items of educational interest.