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My article on learning spaces was recently published in TechEdge, a publication of the Texas Computer Education Association

You can read it here.

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Amazing.

Phemonmenal.  Unbelieveable.  Astonishing. Amazing things fill you with wonderment.

Many things on Twitter are also amazing.

Or are they?

You see that word a lot.  Everything new is amazing.  Seeing the word amazing in a tweet generally causes me to raise an eyebrow.

Because it’s simply overused and applied to things that are not.  At least not for me.

But I guess I can admit that some might have a lower threashold for what’s amazing, and that’s ok. 

“One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

That’s amazing.

A set of links on a wiki page is not.

Watching someone battle cancer with courage and grace, in spite of everything, is amazing.

Meeting your network at a conference is not.

Watching a child take their first step is amazing, watching them learn something for the very first time, that’s amazing.

A Glogster poster is not.

Being unselfish enough to run up a staircase in a burning tower to save your countrymen despite the odds that you won’t be making the return trip, well, that’s about as amazing as amazing can get.

You only have a 140 characters.

Reserve those 7 for something of meaning.

 

 

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The more I hear the word textbook, the more I shudder.  Its accurately named, isn’t it?  A book filled with text.  And I think about all the tools available to use to help kids learn, and it just seems somewhat primitive. Not that books are bad, of course, its that we just have more content options available to us.  Yet we rely on the textbook, along with the teacher, as the only two respected information resources in our schools.

The more I hear the word classroom, the more I shudder.  Close your eyes and visualize a classroom.  We all have the same image.  For me, the use of the word classroom is highly restrictive and resigns learning to a four walled space, designated within a typical time frame.  I now talk about learning spaces, which I believe to be expansive and potentially inclusive of multiple learning locations, both physical and digital, and available at times beyond 8-3:30.

And this is much more than semantics.  In his NYSCATE keynote, Chris Lehmann said (and I paraphrase) “Words matter.  It’s what we have to explain things.”

These terms are so ingrained in our vocabulary we don’t even think conscientiously about using them.

It’s time to get some new vocabulary.

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