I’m passionate about the issue of lifelong learning and the value it has for each of us as educators.
Traditional professional learning programs which still predominate in our schools are no longer the best way to engage teachers. Education, particularly teacher education, has been irrevocably altered by technology. The ease of communication between teachers has opened up new pathways. Life in our highly ‘connected’ world is transforming how teachers learn, what they learn, when they learn and with whom they learn. A range of very effective teacher education programs are constantly evolving and it is time for school administrators to re-think the nature of learning opportunities being offered to teachers.
Having often written about lifelong learning here on NovaNews and having presented my thoughts on this topic at a number of conferences over recent years, it’s great to have been offered the opportunity to write a series of articles about lifelong learning for Education Technology Solutions, an Australian based publication which also has a web presence via its blog.
My first article in this series: Be inspired: Become a lifelong learner! has just been published in Education Technology Solutions – Issue 65, April/May 2015.
ABSTRACT: In our rapidly changing world teachers need to become self-starters who learn for the sake of learning rather than because it is a requirement. By discovering the joy of learning and its inherent power, the ‘one size fits all’ type learning, so typical of teacher training programs and professional development activities, can be replaced by meaningful and personalized programs and activities which nurture lifelong learning. This article explores a range of alternate learning opportunities which can be created within our schools.
Also published online on the Educational Technology Solutions website, I’m pleased to be able to share it directly with my readers here.
Stop for a moment and think: What is the best professional learning program you have ever experienced?
Was it one of the weekly school staff meetings? Perhaps it was a curriculum day session or a conference you attended at the end of the year? Was it a session you were required to attend or a session you were hanging out to attend? Was it a talk, a presentation, a workshop or a reading? Was it a one off session or a series of sessions? Were you required to actively participate and/or submit required responses? Did it involve the use of social media, the blogosphere or attendance in an online forum? Did you pick up new skills and knowledge that have now become part and parcel of your teaching personae?