Conviviality and Learning With John Connell

Day 2 of the Digital Fair Conference was again interesting on lots of levels. One of the highlights of both days was meeting and chatting with John Connell amongst others. The generous way in which John readily engaged in conversation with any and all conference participants lead to considerable interest in his keynote presentation and I for one was certainly not let down. If anything John’s presentation, “The Joy of Learning: Convivial Education in a Connected World”, was so dense with thought provocation that it almost became difficult to take it all. Thankfully John has given an undertaking, (once settled back in his native Scotland), to write  a post that includes all his material and references from the presentation.

As with yesterday I had already decided to again try coveritlive as a medium for recording my take on the session. I had noticed that one of the options for coverit was to actually copy the content of the session in a table format. So given that won’t play games with coveritlive embeds I have therefore reprinted the table as follows.

The Joy Of Learning: John Connell (04/17/2009)
Here we are again at day 2 of the Digital Fair event at Geelong Grammar and John Connell is beginning his presentation John Blogs at
Beginning by looking at James Ralph Darling and Ivan Illich both educators who were about enhancing the culture. Suggestion that culture is more important than society
Technology brings people together exploring the connection of cultures
Quoting Jerome Bruner Pedagogy theory is not only technical but ideological, cultural and political
The relationship between the learner and knowledge and society is changing therefore the way that teachers work has to change
Looking at origins of education once an alphabet was established there had to be a school
Socrates spoke out against the use of the written word
Maryanne Wolf pointed out that reading allows time for thinking that the spoken dialogue doesn’t allow
The printing press changed the definition of education again.Learning to read became paramount
Industrial Revolution changed emphasis of education again with the employment imperative
Change of technology changes definition of what it means to “be educated”
Network world isn’t just faster bigger etc it is qualitatively different
Network learning is quite different from anything else we have seen in the past, hence the rise of notions of connectivism amongst other theories
Education transforms and changes the semantics,the meanings. Some of these changes may be beneficial, many are not
What does it mean to have a personalised curriculum?
James Darling saw education as development of the whole person devoid of the need for collection of degrees or the need to provide for employment
Exploring the disconnect between these visions with those of the policy makers, (politicians)
Educators need to find ways to pull schools away from these policy constraints
Taking a sidestep to looking at play
In some systems play is disappearing from formal education
Introducing notion of Neotony the retention of immature juvenile qualities into adulthood
Work with murderers has identified that absence of play in childhood is a significant aspect common to many in this group
Exploring Pat Kane’s Ethic of Play
Education is all about surprise
Looking at the different canons that education follows; following the canon of symbols leads to the arts
Question is there such a things as digital literacy?
Exploring the notion that the web has compressed knowledge into a thin veneer biased towards the recent yet so much of our knowledge exists in other formats that will probably never be digitized
Libraries are still vitally important despite Google
Digital learning is the death of education in the traditional sense
Returning to James Darling and notion of civilization vs barbarism and that back in the 1960’s even then Darling considered that schooling was failing education
If only as an academic exercise it will be interesting to check John’s blog in a couple of days to see how my take on his presentation compares with the content he included.
This entry was posted in Professional Development and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Conviviality and Learning With John Connell

  1. Pingback: The Joy of Learning: Convivial Education in a Connected World - Pt.2 : John Connell: The Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s