Crowdsourcing teaching

Interesting thoughts on where we may be headed. Not sure I see us getting there quickly given the lack of innovation or willingness to change demonstrated by many leadership teams across schools I know of. Until there is intensive retraining given to leaders to get them out of the ‘factory’ mindset then all we will get is more of the same. Teachers will continue to ‘bunker down’ while leadership teams struggle to provide effective direction and inspiration for their staff.

I’ve just finished re-reading Jeff Howe’s 2008 book Crowdsourcing.  It struck me as I reached the end of the book that many of today’s digital natives will become tomorrow’s teachers.  The question then becomes what impact or influence will digital natives have on shaping the role of teachers and the nature of teaching.

I’ve been reflecting on the role of teachers in today’s world for some time but after reading Howe I wondered if the role of teachers and their work will inevitably change in a decade because the nature of the learner has changed?

Howe asserts that today’s kids who Prensky coined as digital natives will create ‘wholesale changes to the workforce when they enter the labor force.’  Why? Because as Howe writes by the time they reach adulthood they will bring “behaviours and attitudes honed through thousands of hours in front of a computer, constructing their own…

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