Today’s students are largely affected by the technology around them. This has changed the way they think, act and communicate. These new behaviours can be very challenging to teachers, who did not grow up with this kind of technology. (meer…)
At what point do educators have a responsibility to face the radically changing employment patterns facing our students? And how can we re-think university to complement, not compete with, their informal learning? To my opinion, the discourse surrounding formal learning is becoming further detached from the lessons I see when learning happens outside formal boundaries. The grades that students recieve for their university projects matter little compared to the comments found on their blogs, or the feedback they recieve during interships. (meer…)
At heart, education is all about empowering people. It is widely understood that learning is a product of passion and not test taking. Instead of teaching us to create, education taught us to copy, memorize and keep scores. Pretty much the same qualities we look for in machines. Our current school system is built on the belief that education is a form of programming. But people don’t belong to education. Schools should become facilitators of passion instead of directors of course material. Their efforts would be unmeasurable by current standards, because individual passion can’t be standardized. The only measurement of any importance would be happiness, achievements, and sense of fulfillment of graduates over time. Education need to stimulate the hacker, hustler and hipster mindset. Let hack your classroom!
learning how to learn
In current education students are not only rewarded for shallow learning, they’re punished for deep learning. Educators have to shift their focus from judging and grading towards gaining understanding and learning how to learn. Education should focus more on understanding. Understanding requires going ‘offroad’. Educators can help to set students on the road to mastery — learning how to learn.
hacker, hustler and hipster mindset
People with a hacker, hustler and hipster mindset see learning as a natural process of pursuing one’s personal goals, in which they construct meaning by filtering information and experiences through their unique perceptions, thoughts and feelings. Many people would agree that ‘experience is the best teacher’ but I believe that experience by itself teaches nothing. You need to interpret your experience against a theory. Only then can you understand learning in the context of a system. A theory is a model of reality that can be used to explain, predict, or master a particular phenomenon. It’s provides a framework for experience, so you can understand what happens at the system level.
what is it?
A hackers mentality is all about making new ideas or initiatives happen. The MacGyver of society. In education it’s represented in the makers-movement. Hustler are people who have the brilliant, sometimes crazy, ideas that will revolutionise the world. They need the hackers mindset and others people to help them create and build their visions. A hipsters mindset is to make sure the final product or service is cooler than anything else out there.
how to hack?
Start with hacking your classroom. An educational hack can be seen as taking an idea or tool that you see and make it your own. You think about it, connect it to something you know to make meaning, and then you create something new from it. A hacker mentality can change the way you teach and your students learn. It isn’t always comfortable but I encourage you to take the risk. At the end: it isn’t rocket science, it is simply thinking – connecting – creating.
An hacked classroom is a place where a learning experience takes place and a forward movement is created.
These process is at the center of how I function as an educator. It is important to understand how you approach the creative and learning process. Please share your thoughts and put a comment so we can change education and learning for the better.
As reflection on education and learning turns into aspirations it is important to be aware of shift in education that is happening. A few trends about learning and education will help you to become an active changemaker in education. It’s a time of new possibilities for teaching and learning. Please take your responsibility as a teacher. (meer…)
Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not. These skills include: creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem solving, communication & collaboration. Below is a summary of skills and dispositions for an innovation mindset. These critical dispositions are turned into ‘I’ statements which turn rather abstract concepts into statements we can all imagine. I hope it helps to make your impact. (meer…)
What do students need to know and be able to be successful? Content knowledge and problem solving gives you something to work with, but what else is important in life? It turns out there are a bunch of factors that universities seldom talk about, teach, or provide feedback on that are at least as important as academic skills. (meer…)
Nowadays we bling everything. Bling refers to the imaginary shine and sound a diamond makes when it is hit perfectly by the light. Today we bling our car, phone and bags. In education, we also bling. We take the newest, shiniest trend word and we bling it out. We use it at meetings, we use it in lesson plans, we literally drink from the blingedwater of the educational buzzword fountain. This got me thinking: When are we going to stop blinging it and start bringing it? How can we take the buzzwords and apply them as examples of great education? In a few short blogposts I will look at some of the current buzzwords and explore how they are (ab)used and how they can be applied in learning. Today, the last one in a serie of three, I dive into engagement. (meer…)