This week, noted educator, author, and thought leader Howard Rheingold interviewed PLP co-founder Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach to answer this question: As digital media and networks make possible more networked and collaborative pedagogies, who teaches the teachers how to take advantage of the opportunities (and avoid the pitfalls) that new technologies afford?
Howard and Sheryl talked about big questions with practical, local implications: What do global, online communities of practice mean for day to day life in classrooms? How do educators use personal learning networks purposefully in their practice? How can teachers bring their questions and problems to solve to networked communities of inquiry? How do connected learning communities form?
A highlight from the conversation: The way that I’ve been learning all along, it always began with inquiry, it began with this passionate desire, this wild curiosity, this sense of wonderment. And then, when I started teaching I came to be known as an inquiry-driven teacher in that I wanted to start with, what is it that you really wonder about? Read more
Watch the full interview
Watch the video here and gain more insights about appreciative inquiry, passion-based learning, who will “teach the teachers” and more.
Like what you heard? Want to know more?
Here are some useful links that recap some of the concepts Howard and Sheryl talked about in the interview.
What is inquiry-based learning?
What do you think?
Are you using networks in a meaningful way in your classroom or profession? Do you have a community of practice that’s part of your “toolbox”? Leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts!