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TEDtalk...actually, Grant Talks

In this TEDtalk, Grant Litchman talks about change in our schools and how it is a complicated, messy and uncomfortable process. This changes is reflected even  in the physicality of those schools, which are transforming into dynamic, noise and chaotic...but -in his opinion- this is what students ownership looks like. Schools are embracing this dynamic and getting off camp and online. There is no longer a need for students to change between Math brain and English or Science brain in order to learn. Schools are becoming creative spaces where learning is multiform.
He sees schools in the 21st century as ecosystems: creative, adaptable, permeable, dynamic, systemic and self-correcting in opposition to the traditional industrial model ( contained, controlled, predictable, repeatable and measurable).

Maybe the centrepiece of his presentation is the introduction of the Cognitosphere. A system of knowledge creation and management which becomes the fourth sphere in which we live (lito, hydro, athmos). Only possible now that we have global access to knowledge. This is refer to as the neural network in which our schools need to connect.
He identifies three main categories for the obstacles in a traditional understanding of learning

Anchors: my classroom, my time, my subject (based on egotistic notions of me, here, now)
Dams: college board and college admission board (reducing it all to content rather than context)
Silos: classroom, divisions, schools (traditional physicality of schooling)

According to his ideas, we need to teach into the unknown. We should teach our students to be self-evolving learners. Therefore schools must reinvent themselves as self-evolving organisations which educate students for their future and not our past.


  1. Change for schools is hard, it's messy. Take a look at this article from today's Dominion Post. What do you think?


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