I attended a webinar this morning with Steve Wheeler, the presentation from which is above.
The salient point for me was the powerful combination of technology and social interaction – something which is obvious in the ‘real world’ but not always in our schools. While I agree that we can’t put all students in the ‘digital native’ basket and assume that they have the same level of digital literacies, we can assume that many of them are participating in self directed learning outside of school which involves a broad range of technologies and interactions with people beyond their own physical sphere. If we can find ways to harness that interest, the tools and the networks within a school environment, we will truly have the ‘personalised learning’ that is so often spoken about. There are certainly some educators I interact with through twitter and blogs who are making huge advances in this area, despite often overwhelming barriers.