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- Educational resources are scarce while information is readily available and abundant. (Yes, the laws of supply and demand from your ECON-101 course are in play here.)
- A vast majority of our students are already connected to information through social media and web 2.0 tools. The Internet provides an ideal classroom for students to solve real problems, to display real learning, and present their knowledge to real audiences.
- The assessment and grading practices that we have grown accustomed to will become extinct within the next decade. Creativity, authenticity, adaptability, and collaborative problem solving will drive transformative learning for people of all ages.
- Students that are allowed to follow their learning passions and interests by connecting and collaborating with others, are more likely to become self-regulated, life-long learners. (Name an organization that wouldn't want members with these characteristics.)
- Nearly half of all future jobs will be based upon independent consulting or contracting. (Who's responsibility will it be to prepare students for these yet unknown opportunities?)
- Teachers - become passionate learners. Establish and cultivate a PLN (personal learning network) Model transparent and responsible use of web resources that advance your own connected learning. Let students see how and why you learn.
- Google search your name. Are you able to find evidence of your best professional work, or your best learning? If not, change this by sharing your talents, knowledge, questions, and reflections with your network.
- Become familiar, better yet, competent with the tools used for connected learning. Establish a small collection of essential web applications (free & device independent) that allow you to collect, curate, process, and share information. My favorite examples include; Twitter, Google Reader, Zite, Evernote, Blogger, and Google Drive.
- Model "dispositions for learning". Curiosity, persistence, creative problem solving, take chances without fear of failure, create a community of learners, emphasize literacy and skill development over curricular content.
- Create opportunities for strangers to find your students on the Internet. Yes, this sounds a bit risky and unusual. But ask yourself, "will your students be discovered and appreciated in the Yellow Pages?" Provide avenues for parents and community members to connect with students and their learning.
"How to Fuel Students' Learning Through Their Interests"- +Mindshift
"You Will be Googled" - +Mashable
Digital Footprint Quiz - The Innovative Educator