SESSION EIGHT: Organizational Change or Implosion of Educational Institutions?

From Education for Well-being: “As the scope and quality of learning that can happen outside of institutional groups continues to increase, the educational hegemony of traditional schools continues to decrease. In Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, Clay Shirky writes, ‘Now that there is competition to traditional institutional forms for getting things done, those institutions will continue to exist, but their purchase on modern life will weaken as novel alternatives for group action arise.’”

What will happen to institutionalized education as the world becomes more networked and learners can customize their own learning, choose their own teachers, and determine what is important to them? (Remember the Long Tail Learner) How are we, as teachers, adapting? Or, are we? How will our roles change and shift?

KnowledgeWorks Foundation
Leading for Learning: How to Transform Schools into Learning Organizations by Phillip C. Schlechty
Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education by Terry M. Moe and John E. Chubb
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  • Hoover Institute Press Release "What’s wrong with this picture? In their new book Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Hoover fellows Terry M. Moe and John Chubb, leaders in education reform, tell a dramatic story about the pitched battle to bring about real change and improvement to America’s schools—a battle that pits the innovative forces of technology against the entrenched interests that powerfully protect the educational status quo."

ISTE at NECC09 Debate: Brick and Mortar Schools Are Detrimental to the Future of Education (Note: The first 35 minutes or so is music and awards ceremony. Go to minute 50 to view debate.)
The Edgeless University: Why Higher Education Must Embrace Technology
Effective Leadership in an Era of Disruptive Innovation Scott McLeod NECC09
The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age
Fluid Learning
The Ultimate Disruption for Schools
Tinkering Toward Utopia
Be Careful What You Ask For
Have We Reached an IT Dead End? Scott McLeod asks, "Will We See More Free Agent Students Who Create Their Own a la Carte Learning Path?"
Pew Internet & American Life Project
The Future of Educaton Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute
"Within two years a radical shift will begin to occur in the world of education. While many people are making predictions about the direction that education systems are headed, we have found the best predictors to be hidden in the participative viral systems springing to life in the online world, such as iTunes and Amazon. These bottom-up approaches are quick to develop, participant-driven systems that are closely aligned to the demands of the marketplace. In this paper we will focus on the key missing elements that will cause the disruptive next generation education systems to emerge. These missing pieces will likely be created within the next two years through private funding and will cause a dramatic educational shift in less than five years."

TED Talks Paul Romer's Radical Idea: Charter Cities
"How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)"

Are there lessons here for the US? How might this idea be applied to public learning (not public education)?

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Our Story: Timeline Creation

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