The Global Learning Network is much more than a set of tools; it is a social movement for a change in education, both as an international community for the educational innovation and as a local network of exploration and experimentation that bonds every educational subsystem of ANEP.
The heart of the change proposed is connected to the promotion of Deep Learning.
The students and their interests are the core of the action, with the explicit interest of promoting the development of key skills for the future: 6C.
Working on the Conditions
In his book, “Una rica veta”, Fullan expresses: “Many of the teaching strategies which have been supported for a whole century by people such as Dewey, Piaget, Montessori and Vygotsky are now seeing the light and becoming accepted. Some years ago, there were no conditions for these ideas to go strong and thrive. Today, there are signals which show that this is changing.” Such conditions are the result of the current global educational crisis. Causes are diverse and the severity varies in every nation and also inside each country. The most common characteristic in these cases is the students’ boredom, which has an effect on the motivation of the teachers that feel frustration for not achieving the expected results. This discomfort is translated in systems expelling students and teachers and in a growing social concern on the operation of the educational machinery. To tackle this reality, governments throughout the world are committed to look for solutions to the crisis, which lets us stand in a historical position to build and promote change.
Contemporary to this crisis, the growing digital access offers the possibility of generating new learning experiences, as an alternative to the old narrow pedagogies which focus on retaining information, which if seen by students, they offer the great purpose of passing the required assessments to move forward in their studies.
In the “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning” scheme, technology enables to work catering for the students’ needs, developing basic competences to face the challenges and succeed in the XXI century. To make it happen, the general consensus over the need of a change is not enough. First, the vision for such change needs to be defined, and with such guide, generating the conditions for this to happen. Our education will be the one we are able to build.