Finding Common Ground

Talking Education (& Technology)

Let’s Get Together!

January28

The theme of the opening panel discussion at Educon 2.3 was Innovation. The five panelists were all new to me, and each one had interesting insights into the meaning of innovation and how it matters to schools and students.

Stanford Thompson told a story about teaching and learning music that made a lot of sense to me. He explained how students that take individual music lessons often take lessons for awhile and then stop. On the other hand, he explained how when students come together to play and practice there is a difference in their efforts. Being part of a team makes a difference to them.

The more I thought about those observations led me back to thinking about schools and learning. I see a direct relation to all learning. Students that have the opportunity to learn together – work through problems together – are more likely to learn deeper. They are engaged in social learning and possibly for them the learning comes more naturally when working together.

Thoughts?

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