πŸ’¬ Reflections on Transition C – Final Thoughts

Replied to Reflections on Transition C – Final Thoughts – Tom Barrett’s Blog

There are not enough blogs and teacher discussions into what is working and what doesn’t.

It is fine to have PhDs creating a body of emerging knowledge, but we also need a broader ecology of social commentary! You can tell I have been at a research conference for too long! We need more practitioners (educators and designers) talking about the studies out there and sharing that thinking.

Thank you Tom for sharing your thoughts and reflections on Transitions19 conference.

I was really taken by your comment on the need for more subjective sharing from the fields, rather than relying on PhDs. I find this interesting and think that education as a whole would benefit from more sharing. However, it feels like the reality has moved away from this.

Moving into a world of Pinterest classrooms, it would seem that less educators are willing to share their experiences and experiments.

In addition to this, some would question who benefits from such sharing? I agree that that even the worst bloggers are making use smarter and that the smartest person in the room is the room. The problem is that this may not be the prevailing ethos in schools. The issue is that this requires a systemic collaborative culture, which I do not think is present. People are instead packaging up what they think is there ‘intellectual property’ and placing it on sites like Teachers Pay Teachers. Ironically, it often technically belongs to the school and system. Otherwise, such reflections are being scrapped by consultants who collate it for branding purposes, which is also counter to the intent … in my opinion. In the end, education has become a competitive rather than a collaborative space that is far from equally distributed.

The other issue is that sharing has moved away from the open web to closed spaces, such as Facebook. This means that the smartest person on Facebook is Facebook.

Maybe I am wrong, too pessimistic. It is just my perspective in the end I guess.

Aaron

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