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John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

The Linking for Learning Blog


7 Survival Skills for students today

In September 2013 representatives of business, education and community organisations met to discuss issues relating to the future at the (co)lab summit in Atlanta, Georgia.  Videos of presentations Including one from Will Richardson, are available on the (co)lab summit Youtube channel.

Education leader, Tony Wagner, delivered this address Reinventing education for the 21st century where he outlines the 7 survival skills that matter most for students in the new economy in which we live. 

1. Critical thinking and problem solving (ability to ask the right questions)
2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
3. Agility and adaptability to cope with the pace of change
4. Initiative and entrepreneurship (ability to set one's own goals)
5. Effective oral and written communication
6. Ability to access and analyse information
7. Curiosity and imagination. 



Makerspaces: creating an opportunity

It's been an inspiring three days at the Expanding Learning Horizons SchoolsTech Conference 2014 in Lorne, Victoria.  Having time to gather ideas and explore them with a group of colleagues in a focussed environment is a great opportunity.

Makerspaces: creating an opportunity is my presentation exploring the combination of Makerspaces with the Learning Commons model for school libraries.  It was interesting to see the interest stimulated by Gary Stager's keynote which introduced many to makerspaces for the first time.  See more links to makerspace resources to follow up further.



Library Teams 2.0

This keynote presentation was delivered at the School Library Assoc of Victoria conference recently.  It is a reflection on a 4 year journey of building and working as a library team involved in transition as we move to cloud based library management, digital resourcing and an increased need for high level personal skills.  It's a journey that countinues and has been made smoother by reference to policy, planning and discussion.  Social media is an increasingly important aspect of our learning and emerging role.

An early paper written on the topic Library Team 2.0 provides some background, however, we continue to evolve and trial new approaches.




ACER & DERN - Australian education research

Australian Council for Education Research, (ACER) provides a valuable service to educators through regular distribution of (mainly) Australian education research and discussion.  

Digital Education Resource Network (DERN), managed by ACER is a 'network for, leaders, researchers and educators interested in the use of digital technologies for learning'.  It distributes a regular discussion paper with an invitation to join a group discussion.  Joining the DERNList is all you need to do to receive alerts.  Cost free.  Paid subscription with futher access is also available.

Also, subscribe to [rd] Research Developments, the news hub of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) covering the full range of education - Early Childhood, School, Higher Education, Vocational & Adult, International, Indigenous.  

An easy way to keep up with an Australian education focus.  Thanks ACER.


Teacher librarians & the Australian Curriculum

On Friday 108 teacher librarians gathered at a School Library Association of Victoria conference in Melbourne to continue their exploration of the Australian Curriculum.  This stage of the journey builds upon previous events and was an opportunity to examine resources, the official website and the documentation identifying 'points of intervention' and local relevance.

Delegates were encouraged to extend the collaboration by getting involved in the accompanying Twitter conversation.  Here is a summary of the results.