I am still in the process of reading The Learning Edge: What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children by Alan Bain & Mark E. Weston, but I am struggling philosophically with the final chapters — so much so that I’ve decided to take a temporary break from posting on that book and dive into another.
The third book that I will read for my professional growth this year is Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson. I first learned of this book in September 2010 in an article in Wired magazine that compared the ideas in Steven Johnson’s (then) new book to those of Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants. Intrigued, I downloaded the samples of both books, but never fully got into either one of them.
The ideas behind Johnson’s book stuck with me, however. As education and the needs of teachers and students continue to morph at an ever-growing pace, education organizations are questioning their place and role in a future educational landscape. What will PD look like? What changes could we see in educational research practices? The people who work for these organizations find themselves trying to anticipate needs, changes, and solutions that haven’t evolved yet. This requires a working environment that fosters innovation and good ideas, hence my interest in Johnson’s book.
I’ve embedded a short video that captures the key points of his book and will share my “ah-ha” moments as I read. I welcome your feedback and ideas!