On this year-end episode were Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, and Paul Signorelli. This is the annual episode where we talk about topics from this last year…or whatever comes to mind. We started with talking about DEI work, then moved to ChatBGT, individualized instruction, class sizes, pressure on small academic institutions, informal learning spaces, and, of course, wandered through other topics.
Looking back over the year, what stood out?
Jared Bendis talking about TikTok.
Pat Wagner, her career, and how she is changing to do what she loves (her first love).
Constant reminder that when confronted with change, we will go through it and become better.
Our changed use of Twitter and social media.
The shredding of networks and conversations.
There are no wrong moments.
Jared and Jill talking about copyright law.
Part of our job is help people reach a higher plane. All of our guest help people do that.
Making learning special for individual learners. Make it fresh for each person.
Tonight we were again joined by Pat Wagner, who is retiring from her consulting practice at the end of the year and returning to being a poet. Knowing that, we’ve had her on several times this year. Pat’s career has been as an educator extraordinary and strategic planning consultant. When we asked her what she wants her legacy to be, she said, “People will feel braver!”
Pat talked about what makes a library to be on the cutting edge; future-proofing; strategic planning; badly designed buildings; who libraries compete with; and more.
On the show with Pat was Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, and Tom Haymes.
David Lee King joined T is for Training to talk about innovations in library learning spaces based on what he has been doing during the pandemic. He joined Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. David talked about specific technologies used during the pandemic, mentioned things they’ve adopted since then, and along the way dropped info about funding.
Jared Bendis, a feral librarian, joined the T is for Training crew again and this time to talk about TikTok. What?! On the call with Jared were Maurice Coleman, Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Diane Huckabay, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.
TikTok is a medium for sharing short and long form videos. Jared describes it as being focused on the creator. Jared started with talking about how he began using TikTok. He “stalked before he talked”, which means he watched before he began posted. He posted his first video in January 2022. He now has over 9800 followers and more than 285K likes. He has a viral video that has over 114K views! On TikTok he is able to reach people he doesn’t know.
TikTok begins by giving people the ability to post a 1-minute video. After a while, people graduate to 3-minute videos. Jared has graduated again to be able to post 10-minute videos, and yes, he posts 10-minute videos. And he has the ability to go live. He noted that short videos have the ability to go viral. Important to know that videos are not served sequentially. Each video needs to stand on its own.
Jared then began to rift on what he posts and why, and also talked about the TikTok algorithm. And the stories flowed! This is a long show and you need to listen until the end. It is good!
Tonight we were joined by Punya Mishra, who is the Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation & Professor at Arizona State University and a contributor to the Silver Lining for Learning podcast and blog. We jumped right in to talking about education technology.
Punya and Maurice Coleman noted that we’ve gotten away from thinking that education technology is sexy, and are focusing on the theory of learning, benefits of using technology, and the pitfalls. We wandered through related topics, including the work Punya is doing at ASU. He brings his background in design to this work.
The Silver Lining Podcast started early in the COVID pandemic to interview educators. The podcast grew out of the blog post “What If Schools Are Closed for More than a Year Due to the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)?” The podcast is focused on the potential and real silver linings of education during the pandemic. He noted that is we design the education system correctly, it will be resilient, and that is an important point regarding education during the pandemic.
Great quote, “a large part of education is about becoming.”
Another quote, “I want [students] to remember that they’re not alone; if they need to know something, they’re surrounded by people and resources who can help them.”
We had a fascinating conversation about how do you put more topics into a student’s education, which is often what educators are asked to do. Punya said we should ask students five years after the class what they remember. Do they remember what we want? Can we then design our courses and programs around 5+/- things we want them to learn? Then connect everything to those things. Maurice summarized this as:
Capture > Remix > Release
Besides Punya and Maurice, also on the call tonight were Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes, Diane Hackabay, Ruben Puentedura, and Jill Hurst-Wahl.
Ruben started by giving us an overview of his work. He has worked around the world and through that work has seen different patterns emerge as he has worked with different educational institutions. In an overview of his work and what he has been hearing, he mentioned anti-fragility, learn from learning, learn from what you have experienced, credentialing processes used in academia, and exploration of new paths into existing planning. He then discussed the lack of portable water in Jackson, MS, and how that situation could benefit from what people are doing/learning in other countries. His final examples – before we began Q&A – was to talk about the change in student test scores during the COVID pandemic. Ruben is focused on how people think through these situations. While we cannot transfer what one group did to another situation, we can learn from how people think in specific situations.
And after a very interesting introduction to all this (above) from Ruben, the group began to discuss and ask questions. During our conversation we noted that data is boring and so telling stories is important. Our stories need to be data informed. As Diane said, “The stories contribute meaning.” Metaphors are important.
How do we teach organizations to be failure tolerant and take risks? We need cultures that are willing to try new things, create communities of practice, and learn from what they are doing. Success organizations are willing to talk about what works and doesn’t work, and learn from that. The organizations must have innovation as a shared value.
In talking about the book, we began focusing on the topic of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice which is throughout the book. Elaine noted that the theme of diversity includes the diversity of authors. (A result of equity should be fairness, a.k.a., justice.)
The book contains a ton of resources, which could led into much more reading and learning. While a person could do a deep, prolonged dive into the topics, it can also be used for just in time learning.
On the call were T regulars – Maurice Coleman, Angie Fickert Paterek, Paul Signorelli, and Tom Haymes – along with Imani Dlamini and Tula Dlamini (both in South Africa) and Lisa Koster (Canada). Lisa, Imani, Tula, Tom, and Paul led us in a discussion on how ShapingEDU has been capturing “what we have seen teacher-trainer-learners do in response to the coronavirus pandemic.” They talked about the concept behind the project, how they are gathering information, and how they want to disseminate the results. And yes…we talked about what the interviews have taught them!
Thanks to Imani and Tula for joining us at 3 a.m. South Africa Standard Time!