The Partners in Learning Institute in Seattle this week has been a great experience – not least because it has all been about working in partnership with other educators from all over the world for our own learning and the learning of our students and colleagues. The learning partnerships that have evolved this week are amazing and I have no doubt there will be some fantastic projects that happen as a result of them, not to mention the lasting friendships between professionals with a shared passion for tech-enhanced education.
Developing deep learning opportunities for our students is at the heart of what we want to do as professionals. Understanding the nature of those opportunities is key to being able to design effective lessons and projects. We have been looking at descriptions of the features of powerful collaborations, knowledge building and use of ICT for learning, as well as how we use Microsoft’s tech tools to enhance those learning opportunities. There’ll be more about this in future blog posts. But for now, I want to leave you with a thought. Some of us visited Pike Place Market yesterday, which is the home of fish-throwing stall holders who are having FUN while they work. And FUN is infectious, making what they do highly effective and even inspiring a whole philosophy for improving morale and results. Be warned – partnering with others for learning can be fun and can make learning infectious – be prepared for a lot more from those who attended the Institute!