This is the Future of Education

I made this video for the cohort of future teachers I’m working with. Tonight is the last night that we meet until I get to see them in two months. It’s been a blast to work with them. I figured I would share the video I created. Feel free to use the comment section on YouTube or on this blog to share any comments of great things you are seeing in schools.

The future of education can’t be found in a gadget or an app or a program or a product. It doesn’t require a think tank full of pundits. The future of education can be found in your classroom. Your classroom is packed with creative potential. You have all the innovation you need right there in your room. You have the power to make it happen.

It’s what happens when you experiment. It’s what happens when you give your students voice and choice. It’s what happens when you abandon the scripted curriculum and take your students off-road in their learning. It’s what happens when you teach to your students rather than teaching to the test.

It’s what happens when you unleash the creative power of all of your students – when you make the bold decision to let them make things and design things and solve problems that they find relevant.

Sometimes it’s messy and even confusing. It often looks humble. But understand this, that every time your students get the chance to be authors, filmmakers, scientists, artists, and engineers.

You are planting the seeds for a future you could have never imagined on your own. And that right there is the beauty of creative classrooms. That’s the power of innovative teachers. And the truth is, that is why the future of education is you.

John Spencer

My goal is simple. I want to make something each day. Sometimes I make things. Sometimes I make a difference. On a good day, I get to do both.

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4 responses

  1. Hi John,
    I love your visual presentation and I was wondering what you used to create it. I make animated text and image presentation, but not as awesome as your one so i am intrigued as to your process and how long it took you to pull together. Thank you so much for sharing your work. Would it be ok to share it at a workshop I am running about visual thinking please?

    1. I'd be honored if you shared it.

      Here's the link: How I Create Sketchy Videos

  2. I like this message! Big fan of talking engagement–you might be interested in "imaginED education that inspires" which looks at tapping into creative potential from a different angle from yours, I think, but also shared goals!
    I wonder if you have ever studied/read about Imaginative Education? Kieran Egan's work on story-telling and the cognitive tools for learning? Seems very aligned with your vision!

  3. I love the video and how it ties into what you are saying in this blog; using creative ways to help students learn. I think it is so important for students to learn how to think critically and creatively and I feel like often times they are taught for the test and after that the information has no relevancy. I believe students need to be taught life long lessons and to do this I believe they need to discover and explore some of this information for themselves.

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