Right now, today, we have the winds of change at our backs. We have a new administration that is willing to accept innovative ideas across the board. Educators are in a position to play a major role in this learning transformation. The next administration may not be willing to lend the support that the current administration is lending. America depends on individuals, groups and organizations to bring needed ideas to the table for discussion. How can we take advantage of this moment? Web 2.0 can change the face of our “traditional” learning platforms. This change, even though I'm talking about it in the an abstract form, can propel us toward a new age of non formal and formal education initiatives in this age of globalization. The acknowledgment of a “ knowledge economy” by our newly elected President, sheds light on the grassroots movement that is working for education reform in the 21st century.

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Comment by Emily Diehl on January 28, 2009 at 12:21pm
Hi Don,
I agree that we can make progress in educational reform by collaborating. With PLNs like this one, like-minded educators can share our local reform efforts and hopefully reach a "tipping point" more quickly.
In my region, a group of us is studying two things. How can we use technology to become part of the global educational community, AND how can we help our students and educators to be more growth-minded in our approach to learning and teaching. This second part is based on the research of Carol Dweck and her more recent book, Mindset: the new psychology of success.
What are your thoughts abut teaching students explicitly about the knowledge economy?
Comment by Don Robinson on January 28, 2009 at 2:23pm
I think that students today, already embody the concepts of the knowledge economy. We have an opportunity to help them consciously identify with those concepts. Texting and social networks are already intertwined into their non formal learning experiences. It would be beneficial if we help them redefine their relationship with these technologies. I fell this approach amongst others will help students understand the role these technologies play in ushering in the knowledge economy.
Comment by Don Robinson on January 28, 2009 at 3:37pm
Emily,
I just read this article. It somewhat touches on what I was expressing in response to your post. I haven't had the chance to read the paper yet, but I will.

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