Turning it off and on again

In The Internet of Things That Used To Work Better I whined about rebooting my stove. This morning I was stuck outside a hotel room waiting for “engineering” to come and reboot the door. It eventua…

Source: blog.jonudell.net

Jon Udell reminds us  of the need for having a theory of operation in our personal and our working lives.  In my work with #clmooc the last year or so, I have gotten a pretty decent grounding in connected learning theory.  The idea behind this professionally is the same one that Udell talks about in his post–you got no theory of operation you are totally dependent on technicians who “fix” stuff by turning it off and on or plugging a diagnostic tool.


Learning does not work that way.  I had an example of this in a tech academy I was working with a week ago.  Three of the participants brought with them a set of second grade texts that they wanted us to “change the batteries” on, run the diagnostics. Anyone who wants the turnkey operation in education pretty much deserves all the de-professionalism they get, but the tragedy is that their students get it, too.  Their students are screwed because their teachers have no effective theory of operation.


I don’t want to be stuck in my classrooms with the learning equivalent of a door that needs batteries.  One of my theories of operation is connected learning. The more I practice the better I will be for my students. If I internalize the theory, the values and principles, of an open, equitable, fully participatory, connected, interest driven, peer supported, purpose shared, and production centered learning universe, then I know I will never hear from someone at my door, “Have you tried turning if off and on again?”

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