As we start writing, reflecting, and connecting in EDT400 I want us to think about words and definitions. In his chapter The Word Weavers/The World Makers Niel Postman (1995), implores the reader to think deeply about the power of official definitions. Thinking about definitions is instructive as we start a course on emerging trends in learning. What is learning? Who controls the narrative on learning? What is possible or necessary for learning as 21st century educators? All of these questions and more will surface in this course and I will hope your career as educators. How you start to answer the questions and possibly define for yourselves a narrative for learning in the 21st century will have an amazing impact of the learning communities you enter, write about, and practice in.
To start the week of thinking about definitions I want you all to build on one of the following sentences in a comment to this post during the first half of our meeting today.
Learning is like a tree.
Learning is like a river.
Learning is like a building.
Learning is like an ecosystem.
We will discuss our next steps as a community in our meeting today.