But what of their learning journey? I’ve found that some of these leading lights face the “prophet in his hometown” syndrome. While on the wider internet they are respected and admired, in their institutions they constantly have to do battle to prove themselves or their ideas are quashed or watered down or undervalued. So they can’t shine at full strength — or the people around them put sunglasses on. Sure there are grants they could go for to run projects, but there often isn’t anyone to fill in for them in their day job. Conferences and PD are often run BY them — not FOR them, so after a while their opportunities to replenish and grow are limited. Yet the best educators are often the most the passionate learners. So there they are — ready to go further, but nowhere to go. It seems a waste of human capital – not to mention a lousy way to get a return on investment from both their efforts and the money spent to train them. Your thoughts? Are there enough opportunities and support for educators who are leading the way? Or is it their duty to learn in their spare time and spend the rest helping others? Or is this a cheeky question to ask?
winning a MacArthur Foundation award — and he gives us a preview of that reality in his latest video AND the opportunity to join the community of practice once it’s been released. A link for my mobile/RSS readers: http://vlog.rheingold.com/index.php/site/video/social-media-classroom-co-laboratory-screencast1/ or http://url.edna.edu.au/BtCM Embedded for you on the blog readers:
http://blip.tv/file/get/KerryJ-BlogPostLight244.mp4 If you’re here on my blog, here’s the embedded video:
Freesouls is a photo commons project that involves photos of thought leaders and their thoughts on sharing and learning. It is now a group on slideshow, inviting people to share what they think a freesoul is. It was enough to inspire me to finally set up a slide show account and make a submission. Here is mine: