“You actually bring about real change by working with … people. Not by demonstrating, but by working alongside them and getting into the core of what it is. To really bring about change, you’ve got to get an understanding about what that person is about and what drives that person. You can’t just do it to people; you have to be with people” (p. 16)
This quotation, from Robertson and Murihy (2006) drives to the heart of the session that I am planning (and planning and planning and sweating over and planning some more) for my series of CORE Breakfasts this year. The first one kicks off this week in Auckland.
I’m setting out to explore how our educational professional learning might be transformed in an era where information and networks are ubiquitous but also in which who we are, what we bring, and where we are from is as important as what we can do and who we know.
It is tempting to see technologies/digital tools as the silver bullet to sustainable PD. I’ll be exploring how, actually, the vision for an inclusive model of professional learning, that has a clear line of sight to the school’s community learning vision, should drive the conversation around how we use technologies to support adult learners.
Technologies might be able to
- enable shared learning and reflection through the careful capture and curation of evidence and commentary
- provide a pivot for a sustained record, over time, of learning and inquiry that can be used for appraisal and attestation against Teacher registration Criteria
- connect and enable spaces for collaboration, even critique within creative, challenging learning communities.
But without the vision, our values and our voices in the driving seat, schools can get caught up in digital activity traps or fail to grasp the potential to create meaningful dialogue, in inclusive ways, focused on our students.
More of that at my Breakfasts. Join me if you can. Did I mention they’ve been VERY planned?;)