Speaking about the opportunities there are for learning in our world today through technology, I asked educators in the room to do a “Twitter Video Reflection” and share their learning back to the hashtag. Since many of them were new to Twitter, they didn’t know how to do it, so I decided to not help them.
Not a type…I decided to not help them.
Here’s the thing…they all figured it out. Some took longer than others, and some figured it out after they saw that someone else could. I actually think it went faster than if I would have shown them step-by-step.
Too often we talk about how we want to develop learners as students, but we still set up too much of our professional development where we will walk people through every element of any type of learning.
Fast forward 14 years. That same child is now in the home stretch of his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He whipped most of the challenges he faced as a student with ADD. He is punctual, self-directed and can focus for sustained periods of time.
And we owe much of his success to technology. Phone apps helped him learn and master time management skills. He attended high school online and was highly successful. The environment suited his learning style and he developed effective study skills.