Flipping Mastery

Several years ago, when I was working on our 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning, the two concepts that intrigued me most as I was looking for “signals,” or signs that the forecast was playing out in present day, Continue reading

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It’s Time for Transformation

Yesterday the Donnell-Kay Foundation announced ReSchool Colorado, “a game changing, multi-year effort to create a new state public education system where learning is reimagined and students graduate energized and equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing world.” It aims to be, as they put it, “transformative to the core,” recreating the whole system of learning to prepare today’s students for an emerging world whose contours we can only partially anticipate today. Continue reading

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Personalization, Choice, and Freedom

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of helping Collective Invention facilitate a Learning 2030 event hosted by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. The event guided education leaders from the New England states in exploring the future of learning through personas of learners and learning agents and scenarios of alternative futures. KnowledgeWorks’ Forecast 3.0 and 2020 Forecast had been among the resources that informed the materials that Collective Invention created for this event.

As we explored future possibilities, the conversation kept cycling back to choice. As we imagine a diverse and modular learning ecosystem, it’s easy to concentrate on the plethora of choices that learners and their families will have. To project that many students might create completely customized learning journeys. And then to worry that they will not have sufficient guidance in following those paths and taking ownership of their own learning in ways that most schools do not ask students to do today. Continue reading

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Forecast 3.0 and Digital Learning Day

As Digital Learning Day approaches, I’m taken back to my days working on the 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning. While the 2020 Forecast was about much more than edtech and digital learning, there are certainly many connections between Continue reading

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Super Cool Anytime, Anywhere Learning

It is becoming increasingly clear that complex social issues, like education, cannot be improved by one sector alone. Cross sector collaboration; whether it is community or faith-based organizations, non-profits, businesses, or families; is a non-negotiable if we are going to, as Robbins says, “…ignite student curiosity and engagement in learning.” Continue reading

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Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem

Forecast 3_0

Over the next few months, the Organizational Development and Foresight team, along with our KnowledgeWorks colleagues and partners, will continue to elaborate on the disruptions on this blog. We will also use the forecast’s “20,000 foot view” as a starting point for engaging in more practice-based conversations. We expect to examine questions about what the disruptions and opportunities to recombine components of the learning ecosystem might mean for topics as diverse as learning outcomes, curriculum, pedagogy, leadership, governance, teachers’ roles and preparation, professional learning, funding, assessment, partnerships, community involvement, and even the very purpose of education. Continue reading

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Basketball, Backpacks and Personalized Learning

This type of data will help educators at all levels radically transform a one-size-fits-all system into a truly personalized experience for all learners. For a terrific in-depth discussion of this possibility and the current developments in this area, check out “Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles” the second paper in the DLN Smart Series that takes an in-depth look at the need to move away from traditional student records and transcripts to a mobile, digital solution that supports the shift to digital learning and Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Continue reading

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Future Artifacts Come to Life

In the next few weeks, we will be releasing KnowledgeWorks’ third future forecast. (Look for it in your inbox or mail box, or check back here to request a copy!) In past publications, we described the emergence of a learning economy and amplified organization, which have begun to dissolve the tightly bound relationships and resource flows that used to deliver instruction, develop curriculum, perform assessment, grant credentials, and provide professional development. (See Udacity and Degreed as signals of these changes.) What we begin to see with this year’s publication is that those of us who are willing to experiment with the novel recombination of resources, talent, and technology will be able to design new and increasingly powerful learning opportunities to meet the needs of all learners in a more and more demanding world. Continue reading

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