I’ve got a few BIG ideas, including energy generation using the happiness of dogs however I’m wise enough to now that the ones that might take flight, are those that; are shared passionately with others, can be realized through communication cheaply and easily; those who support the idea will ultimately provide the organic structure to sustain it and make it better. I don’t need to own it, but I do want to try and lead it forward because I believe in both public education and that technology matters to the future of learning. The big idea can’t be boring, no one wants to support or work for a boring idea.
The very real possibility of creating an Australian Virtual High School – perhaps with a Virtual Learning& Reseach Centre – was the highlight of the #Sictassy symposium last week for me. I added a Twitpoll, to guage opinion – please post your response here.
Visualise a virtual school, modeling 21st Century pedagogy, renewing curricula and engaging students though the passion and enthusiasm of some of Australia’s most influential teachers. Not another bureaucratic ‘experiment’, but a school where the students and teachers co-develop curriculum within existing guidelines – run by a minimal – and transparent – administration. This is not about punching through walls – but getting Australia’s best Web2.0 teachers to model a school for every Australian teacher – and to ensure those Ruddy laptops are used to deliver better public education. At the same time, the project would be rigorously researched and evaluated to publicly report on the outcome – so we will KNOW that this is making a real difference.
School without walls is an idea that I’ve had buzzing around, and Frankie said “why don’t you share that” at the Symposium. I was amazed at how many people came to listen to the idea – and then made it better. I thought it would be the best way to get a table to myself – but I was wrong.
The session delivered the opportunity to do it, with the existing system sooner, not later. I think it will happen eventually anyway, so to me it makes no sense to further fracture existing schooling. Ultimately students will select both their course, study pattern, mode and their teacher-advisors. I makes sense to do that though and with the DET, as if you know where to look – it’s happening already. I am looking forward to further discussion with DET soon.
If you have a view, comment or want to lend a thumbs up to the idea … leave a comment … love to hear how you’d see it working – because after all, it will not be ‘my’ idea, but everyones I hope. Just maybe I can picture my kids learning in an amazing system, not a deficit one. Told you it was a BIG IDEA.