Happy New Year to all of our readers here in the EML community. We’re looking forward to an awesome 2015, one filled with provocation and, hopefully, action to move schools and classrooms to different, more modern learning environments for all of our kids.
To start that work, we’ve assembled 15 questions from 15 different EML authors that we hope you will be asking and trying to answer this coming year. Odds are we’ll be exploring these questions throughout the year as well, so we hope to hear your thoughts and experiences as we go along. And you can start by leaving your questions in the comment section below.
As always, thanks for reading, and we here at EML hope you enjoy a healthy, prosperous, modern new year!
Bud Hunt – “How do we build and model moments of learning, reflective practice, and positive learning cultures in our workplaces?”
Melinda Anderson – “What becomes possible when educators understand race and racism?”
Bruce Dixon – “How will you use modern technologies to create more relevant, authentic learning experiences for students?”
Chad Sansing – “How will you teach the world as it is?”
Bill Fitzgerald – “What are you doing to educate yourself, your staff, your vendors, your learners, and their parents about privacy?”
Dean Groom – “Why should it matter to schools whether or not teachers study and use games in their practices?”
Sylvia Martinez – “Knowing that we can’t keep on adding to the list of things kids need to know, what will I remove from the curriculum in order to incorporate new subjects?”
Will Richardson – “What steps will you take to help students become “designers of their own learning” using technology in the context of your curriculum?”
Bryan Alexander – “How can we best support teaching computation, through computer science classes or computing across the curriculum?”
Jessy Irwin – “How are you modelling strong online security practices for your students in the classroom?”
Verena Roberts – “How do we see things less about ‘control’ over learning and more about ‘confidence’ in our learning?”
Cedar Riner – “As Google gets better at finding every answer we want, how do we understand that we still need to know things ourselves to become modern critical thinkers?”
Audrey Watters – “Do students (and their parents) have a say in what data is being collected on them and who has access to it?”
Ewan McIntosh – “How might you help your learners walk away with the capacity to tell the story of where they came from in their learning, who they are becoming, and how they know it?”
Lee Skallerup Bessette – “Are the people, all the people, who are in your school(s) data points and budget lines and titles and GPAs, or are they people?”
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