Will Richardson at #ISTE13: Abundant learning


Language knowmads wanted

Language knowmads wanted

We found a kindred thinker in education futurologist, John Moravec at the University of Minnesota — take a look at his vision for Society 3.0 (that’s us!). Moravec describes members of Society 3.0 as agents of:

  • change
  • globalization
  • innovation fueled by knowmads (“nomadic knowledge workers”)

Sound familiar? A key aspect of Society 3.0 involves online open access, crowd sourcing that promotes sharing, remixing, and capitalizing on new ideas. We know that much of this happens through online communities – where knowmads gather in virtual spaces to push ideas into reality.

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ScienceGuide: Kennisnomaden

ScienceGuide: Kennisnomaden

In Knowmad Society publiceert een reeks essayisten hun reflecties op de omwentelingen van de kennissamenleving. Een samenleving van kennisgekken, van nomaden van het wereldwijd rondtrekkende weten. Thieu Besselink reflecteert in dit boek op wat hij van het LearningLab, de belevenissen daarin en zijn studenten heeft geleerd.


U leest Besselinks essay ‘Learning Choreography’ hieronder. Het hele boek Knowmad Society kunt u hier downloaden.

Build your own dream; Otherwise somebody else will hire you to help build theirs.

uild your own dream; Otherwise somebody else will hire you to help build theirs.

Albert Einstein said “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” The enablers of the 20th century are the disablers of the 21st century. Can we reset ourselves first? There are clues in the book.

Changing landscapes: Teachers as knowmads part 1

From To teach is to learn:

Many of the points in the definition of a Knowmad remind me of my Twitter PLN and the fantastic educators I have connected with. We work together, share ideas and are always willing to help each other regardless of location. The relationships and interactions afforded by our online and offline networks allow us gain new knowledge and to apply it in our classrooms the very next day. We are always learning and trying new things out. Having a supportive network has allowed me to gain the courage to try things and to not fear failure.

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De Knowmad Society

Volgens John Moravec ontwikkelt onze maatschappij zich steeds meer tot een innovatiemaatschappij, waarin creativiteit groot belang is. Deze Knowmad Society of maatschappij 3.0 kenmerkt zich door snelle veranderingen en verregaande globalisatie. De snelheid van veranderingen maakt het lastig te bepalen wat nu precies wat beïnvloedt of veroorzaakt. De Knowmad Society is niet hiërarchisch of helder geordend en relaties zijn complex. Persoonlijke innovatie wordt steeds belangrijker.

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Redesigning the future of education in Knowmad Society: Our next steps

Redesigning the future of education in Knowmad Society: Our next steps

How we’ll get to the meaningful development of workers who can work anytime, anywhere, and with anybody in a knowmadic world requires significant realignment of our educational priorities. At IPON, John Moravec shared three approaches:

  1. Focus on soft skills development.In their book, Invisible LearningCristóbal Cobo and John Moravec explored the important roles of informal and soft skills learning — many of which contribute to elements of success in modern organizations or entrepreneurial activities. These include leadership, responsibility, managing chaos and uncertainty, and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. And, these are very hard for formal schools to teach if we keep on focusing on hard skills development and curricula designed to meet the needs of a society where change occurs slowly. In today’s world, change is occurring so rapidly, that the hard skills students develop may be obsolete by the time they graduate. With an appropriate mix of soft skills, they might have a better job at surviving a job interview.
  2. Attend to the creation of new ecologies of learning. This requires taking risk. We are so adverse to risk in education, that we rarely try anything new. As a result, we are at risk of failing universally. It’s time to expand the ecology of learning formats and intended outcomes, allowing learners and communities to find their own way, and develop their own pathways to success.
  3. Reinvent our relationships with technologies. Too often, schools behave as consumers of technologies, buying into ideas and practices developed by others. This is a block to innovation, and, as a result, we tend to use new technologies to do the same old stuff. It’s time for schools to rethink their relationships with technologies, and to consider designing solutions that are meaningful for them as prosumers, if not as outright full producers.

Above all, to make all of this happen, we need vision. To me, it seems we have a global crisis. We don’t know where we want to go. Our vision for the future isn’t as clear as it used to be.

Some people say we need a revolution. Others say we need to innovate. We need both. Or, as Ronald van den Hoff puts it in Knowmad Society: We need an INNOVUTION.

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Knowmadsociety Initiatief

Knowmadsociety Initiatief

Er is wereldwijd een nieuwe wind aan het waaien rond educatie en professionele activiteiten. Dit resulteert soms in mensen die hun krachten bundelen om meer daadkracht in de wereld te manifesteren. Knowmadsociety is zo’n initiatief. Ze publiceerden een boeiend boek.