The Real Learning


I had the pleasure of attending Connect2013 this past few days.  The line up of session topics was broad, and the many presenters were accomplished.  I’ll likely blog about some of those topics in the coming weeks as I have a chance to digest and reflect on them.

But despite all the great presentations, I find myself thinking about a theme present throughout the conference, and illustrated by this representative tweet.


The smartest person in the room is no longer a person but the room itself.

What the Internet Means for How We Think About the World (viacourtenaybird)

While the ‘delivered’ content from the many sessions was integral to the outcome of learning, for the connected individuals at the conference, the real learning took place (and will continue to take place) as a result of the analysis, conversations, connections, and reflections from those that took part in the Backchannel.

What this tells me is that my learning benefits greatly from these sorts of interactions with a wide range of individuals that comprise my ever-growing PLN.  If we are relying solely on the Learning Network that we have access to on a face-to-face level, we are missing out on great opportunities for learning.

If this is true for me, why would it not be true for our students?  I believe we are severely limiting the learning possibilities for our students when we do not model and facilitate more open learning in our School Boards and classrooms – and this should be happening at all levels.  I know this approach involves a great deal of change, but change is easier to handle than irrelevance.


About mitchchampagne

I am a husband of one, and a father of three. I am am elementary teacher for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland & Clarington Catholic District School Board and a part-time Faculty member at the School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University.
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One Response to The Real Learning

  1. Carmela Ianni says:

    Mitch, it was great to meet you at the conference. I agree with what you’re saying – an open learning space will result in greater, deeper learning for students and educators. We need to continue talking about this and sharing evidence that it works and eventually, this will effect change. 🙂 Carmela

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