The rise of free online lectures
Anyone can contribute
Please don't change the headings
Digital delivery of information will permeate every nook and cranny of what we learn
Without school to establish the foundation and push and pull and our students, the biggest digital library in the world is useless
Connect the data with people (human tutors and teachers and parents) who can actually pay attention when attention is needed
What’s needed from the teacher is no longer high-throughput lectures or test scoring or classroom management
What’s needed is individual craftsmanship, emotional labor, and the ability to motivate
The role of the teacher in this new setting is to inspire, to intervene, and to raise up the motivated but stuck student
Connection revolution sets the table for a return of emotional labor
Lesson to the kids is obvious: early advantages now lead to bigger advantages later
Hackers: passionate experimenters eager to discover something new and willing to roll up their sleeves to figure things out
Leadership isn’t something that people hand to you
Leadership is a gradual process, one where you take responsibility years before you are given authority
School serves a real function when it activates a passion for lifelong learning, not when it establishes permanent boundaries for an elite class
Grades are an illusion
Your passion and insight are reality
Your work is worth more than mere congruence to an answer key
Persistence in the face of a skeptical authority figure is a powerful ability
Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run
If you care enough about the work to be criticized, you’ve learned enough for today
Teach kids how to lead
Help them learn how to solve interesting problems
Leadership involves initiative, and in the connected world, nothing happens until you step up and begin, until you start driving without a clear map
School is at its best when it gives students the expectation that they will not only dream big, but dream dreams that they can work on every day until they accomplish them
Connected economy demands people who won’t hide, and it punishes everyone else.
Formula doesn't work
Passion often arrives from success
In the connected age, reading and writing remain the two skills that are most likely to pay off with exponential results
Reading is the way we open doors
If you want to teach kids to love being smart, you must teach them to love to read
The effective writer in the connected revolution can see her ideas spread to a hundred or a million people
Desire to make things, to figure things out and to make a difference
Did they reach their level of accomplishment and contribution because of what they are taught in school, or despite it?
Give a kid a chance to dream, though, and the open access to resources will help her find exactly what she needs to know to go far beyond competence
The goal is to get in (and possibly get out), but what happens while you’re there doesn’t matter much if the goal is merely to claim your slot
In connected world, we care a great deal about what you’ve done, less about the one-word alumnus label you bought
The valuable things people take away from college are interactions with great minds (usually professors who actually teach and actually care) and non-class activities that shape them as people
Learn how to be usefully wrong
A great use of the connection economy is to put together circles of people who challenge each other to be wronger and wronger still—until we find right
Instead of certainty and proof and a guarantee, our future is about doubt and fuzzy logic and testing
Our economy and our culture have redefined “smart"
Real music education involves teaching students how to hear and how to perform from the heart… not to conform to to a rigorous process that ultimately leads to numbness, not love
Real learning happens when the student wants (insists!) on acquiring a skill in order to accomplish a goal
How many kids leave school caring to know?
If we can give kids the foundation to dream, they’ll figure out the grammar and the history the minute it helps them reach their goals and make a difference
Real learning happens in bursts, and often those bursts occur in places or situations that are out of the ordinary
Computer programming is directed problem solving
Learning is frightening for many because at any step along the way, you might fail
our responsibility is to amplify drive, not use lack of talent as a cheap excuse for our failure to nurture dreams
Today, dumb is a choice, one that’s made by individuals who choose not to learn
Build a generation of creative and motivated leaders
What did you "figure out" today?
98 percent is spent on preparing for tests
Is there a better way to learn than by doing?
Teaching students how to learn, not how to be perfect.
If you’re unable or unwilling to build bridges between the real world and symbols, you can’t make an impact on the world
Goal has to be creating a desire (even better, a need) to know what’s true
Get better at things that matter
The library is no longer a warehouse for dead books
Library ought to be the local nerve center for information
Famous colleges are part of the labeling and ranking system, but have virtually nothing to do with the education imparted or the long-term impact of the education received
But did anyone actually learn anything?
As long as students and their parents pay money for famous, and as long as famous is related to TV and to sports, expect to see more of it
College: place to grow
Our dream for our kids, the dream of 1960 and 1970 and even 1980, is for the successful student, the famous college, and the good job
That dream is gone
When we let our kids dream, encourage them to contribute, and push them to do work that matters, we open doors for them that will lead to places that are difficult for us to imagine
Our job is obvious: we need to get out of the way, shine a light, and empower a new generation to teach itself and to go further and faster than any generation ever has
Don’t wait for it. Pick yourself. Teach yourself. Motivate your kids. Push them to dream, against all odds.
Learn and lead and teach. If enough of us do this, school will have no choice but to listen, emulate, and rush to catch up.
When we teach a child to make good decisions, we benefit from a lifetime of good decisions
When we teach a child to love to learn, the amount of learning will become limitless
When we teach a child to deal with a changing world, she will never become obsolete
When we are brave enough to teach a child to question authority, even ours, we insulate ourselves from those who would use their authority to work against each of us
And when we give students the desire to make things, even choices, we create a world filled with makers