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Comment by Michel Boustani on March 15, 2015 at 3:27pm

@Norma-Jean: Yes there may be some disadvantages on the mid or long term, that is the stagnation phenomenon. This is common to all of our human-social-comfort-zone behaviours.

Individualized learning plans (if and once adopted), carry also their growth factors. Such factors may become the keys of success (adaptation to the pace of people's needs and growth or become the same turns off that institutional education is confronted since the "new-technologies-internet-live communication times).

I do not challenge the content of education because it contains knowledge that people like to learn, the model used has remained the same (more or less) since the 1700 (Industrial age)... So from there drawing conclusions should be the first part of the equation and adopting practical actions should complete the solution solving...  (At least to my own opinion based on live observations of all ages and levels) .

I do not think to be completely wrong to say that there isn't or will never be the ideal solution, we have to deal with the most changing part of the solution-equation: people! 

Comment by Norma-Jean Nielsen on March 15, 2015 at 2:04pm

Do you see any short and long-term disadvantages to individualized learning plans? 

Comment by Michel Boustani on March 11, 2015 at 11:43am

Eileen, as if you read my mind :)

I am working with some special needs educators to launch such networks for their own children (students) the feedback is almost instant kids love it and express themselves so freely (and rapidly) to a point educators and parents feel overwhelmed in a good sense of course) this initiative is still considered as private and as a proof of concept, but as long as kids are enjoying something that brings them to a better wellbeing, the rest to me is not important.

Last summer I did a trial with my own grand-children, I assisted the to build assort of digital network where they could add and share with whom they anted their own activities, findings and thoughts, they are all the three in elementary school and one is considered in the ?special needs" group at school... so the story started a few months ago and continues ...hoping it will last long enough so they could share it open and public some day

Comment by Eileen Lennon on March 11, 2015 at 11:32am

Exactly! Just like this forum is a personal learning network for us as educators, students will someday create their own PLN with the help and support of teachers and parents.

Comment by Michel Boustani on March 11, 2015 at 11:27am

I like the way you put it Eileen,

as long as educators will have a similar mindset there will be room for responding and corresponding to students' needs.

What I am learning from these times, is not the necessity of adopting new technologies but opened to the collaboration and contributive responsibility of children and their parents to the efforts and responsibility of teachers.

Educators do need more than ever the active support from parents and children to fill today's gaps.


Comment by Eileen Lennon on March 11, 2015 at 11:22am

I agree, sometimes the integrity of the classroom is going to the highest bidder, but good writing will always be good writing, and organizing your thoughts and presenting your work will always be necessary. We still have basic tools to supply our students with, no matter what technology is coming our way.

Comment by Michel Boustani on March 11, 2015 at 8:30am


I think we have little choices to decide being or not prepared.

From past and current observations, the challenges do not come only from students, parents and (often) school boards) but alas from technology manufacturers who produce a "something that will be cool to use by students" promote it for profit of course, and then, only then after, "find a pedagogical use" to convince potential clients (Schools)...

Of course we aren't yet prepared, yet I think it is time to engage ourselves as educators to start our "engagement" into such realities. We tend to believe that changes means a clean-up of the old and replace it with the new, I tend to less agree with that, yet I am a true believer that all worlds have something good to offer for the benefit of people... My guess is that we need to regain ownership of what we were meant for in today's preparation of the future of our students!


Comment by Eileen Lennon on March 11, 2015 at 8:12am

Thank you for this graphic, it's very thought-provoking. Are we prepared for any of these innovations?


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