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Industrial Age Model Summary

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Grant Lichtman compares 2 types of learning environments, ecosystem verses industrial. He describes the ecosystem to be creative, adaptive, permeable, dynamic, systemic, and self-correcting; where the industrial age model is contained, controlled, predictable, scalable, repeatable, and measurable. He explains that today we are now living in a global ecosystem that consisted of 4 spheres, a fifth sphere is currently evolving known as the cognitosphere, which is the system of knowledge creation and management. Many individuals have access to this sphere around the world through cell phones. He continues to expand about how if we want to reach the 21st century learner we need to remove three things from the industrial age model: anchors, dams, and silos. He describes how anchors are our egotistical time, space, and subject; dams are how college boards and college admissions want us to shove kids into packets of content rather than context, and how as teachers we remain in silos of classrooms, department, and divisions and that we need to be communicating, collaborating,…show more content…
In the next three years I hope to see technology more evenly spread across the learning spectrum. Currently the core classes are the ones bursting with technological capabilities, which allows our teachers to reach the 21st century learner by being able to connect with them at their level. The 21st century uses technology for everything; they have digital calendars, notes, and they visit one another through virtual facetime sessions. We need to adapt our teaching styles to be innovative with technology so we can teach our students the timeless skills otherwise known as 21st century skills. We need to teach to the unknown, so that our students can be prepared for their
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