Quote: “In the new culture we describe, learning thus becomes a lifelong interest that is renewed and redefined on a continual basis. Furthermore, everything- and everyone- around us can be seen as resources for learning.” (Brown 32-33) This quote sums up the learning process and even how it extends beyond the context of secondary education. People should never stop learning and should see the opportunity for learning in all things.
Question: How do we take these ideas and install them into a system that is notoriously resistant to new ideas?
Connection: Doug’s story (pages 23-25) shows how he used video games to engage his students and how it improved their performance and ability to connect ideas. This stood out to me immediately as I connected it to James Paul Gee’s ideas about video games that I watched as part of the Rethinking Education assignments in EDSS 530.
Epiphany: We can’t just think about the culture of learning, it’s about culture: all of it.
Quote: “Encountering boundaries spurs the imagination to become more active in figuring out novel solutions within the constraints of the situation or context.” (Brown 35) This quote says a lot about boundaries. The issue we face is that the boundaries are too frequently created as an impassable barrier rather than a problem to be solved.
Question: How do we alter the learning environment within our single classroom?
Connection: Page 36’s discussion of how an exchange student adapts to a new culture is fitting to much of our experiences in EDSS 555 last semester. While the context meant by Brown applies to his ideas on technology, it’s impossible to ignore the analogy’s implication to how we have been trained to deal with immigrant students.
Epiphany: Culture should be actively created, not just responded to.
Quote: “traditional approaches to learning are no longer capable of coping with a constantly changing world.” (Brown 48) This quote pretty much sums up the entire book and many of our experiences in the education system.
Question: Can innovation be taught?
Connection: This chapter discusses how encyclopaedia and other print media can become factually outdated and incorrect; this is something I have encountered in my 20 Percent project, where I have read several conflicted and out-of-date resources about nutrition and preparation for running.
Epiphany: As much as things have changed in the last 10 years, they might change even more in the next 10 years and that is what I need to prepare for.
Thomas, D., & Brown, J. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky.: [CreateSpace?].