To close with a flourish the I Virtual Congress and II Online Conference on Free Knowledge and Education (CLED 2010), we have had the honor of having Jordi Adell as a guest in the Press Room to discuss the professional development of teachers and PLEs. With Sybil Caballero as moderator, Adell took a philosophical journey around Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to continue learning throughout life and to be better teachers.
As part of the discussion, Jordi Adell points out that there is cultural isolation among teachersas teachers have long had to be self-sufficient. It is not common to find experiences of teaching teams working together or preparing materials together. Thus, The essential thing for teachers is to use the tools that web 2.0 offers us to be part of groups, access information and make use of resources that can help us in our professional development.
For Adell, the ideal is when teachers form networks that help them innovate, change using technology, since there are no teachers and students, but now we are all teachers and students of all.
Before the question Where should teachers without experience in the use of technology start? Adell mentions that after opening their mail, they should open the browser and find where teachers meet and join them Find groups, communities that can provide resources, training, information, materials for their classes propose new ideas to experience things together The key is not getting information or tools but doing something together getting involved in projects with other people
Add Dr. Adell that the tool that has marked him and has given him more is twitter In social networks our goal is to talk, is to get in touch In this sense, my favorite is twitter, but we must not close to any new tool to appear.
He also expresses his wish that one day we may have some artifact designed by teachers
Teachers, teachers generate a lot of interesting content, a huge amount of culture, a huge amount of cultural artifacts that we should share and share should be as easy as using, or should there be some kind of platform, and they are not objects of standardized learning nor the platforms we’ve talked about that aren’t very motivating. Maybe someday we will have the equivalent of flickr or the equivalent of youtube in education, to share our artifacts, and that day the world I think will start to get a little better.
For innovation to exist, Adell adds, there must be a real transformation of learning scenarios: If students do with innovation the same as they did before, then let’s remove that innovation label. The full discussion is shown below: