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DrJim

FuturePD - Philosophy

I have been involved in learning all his life and involved institutionally from the age of 5. I have taught school students (from PP through to Year 13), Tertiary students (TAFE, undergraduate and post-gradutate) and adults. I have taught in multi-age groups, multi-ability groups in a wide variety of settings.

I have a keen interest in ICT, particularly in the role it plays in education. I have seen the potential and the limitations. It has become clear to me, that in order to make a difference in education (and what a difference it can make!!), its use has to be carefully structured and supported. I have despaired as I have seen program after program put more and more hardware into our schools with almost no thought as to how it might be used and how teachers can be supported as it is deployed. This has resulted in frustrated teachers, bored students and a lowest-common-denominator approach to using ICT in the classroom.

I set up FuturePD in 1999 to help teachers through the minefield of ICT integration. Since then, I have helped hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers prepare for guiding their students through this hyper-connected world. I had thought it might get easier with time, but as new technologies replace old ones with alarming haste, it seems that many teachers are still bewildered by where to go and what to do.

If you think I can help you or your school in their learning journey, please contact me for a no-fee, no-obligation meeting where we can discuss your needs.

There is no doubt that the technologies of today have great potential to make a difference to the education space. How significant that difference is still remains to be seen.

Why Connectivism?

According to George Seimens
"Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories. Learning is a process that occurs within nebulous environments of shifting core elements – not entirely under the control of the individual. Learning (defined as actionable knowledge) can reside outside of ourselves (within an organization or a database), is focused on connecting specialized information sets, and the connections that enable us to learn more are more important than our current state of knowing.Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations. New information is continually being acquired. The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital. The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is also critical."

These look like powerful considerations. In order to equip our students to live and grow in such a world, we need to ensure their education is aligned with how learning occurs in the connectivist world.