This morning Darren Kuropatwa was on the radio for three hours with Richard Cloutier in Winnipeg, Manitoba on CJOB|68. I am about to publish the audio recording of this interview as a podcast, but before I do I want to share a few of the paraphrased quotations I jotted down today during the radio show. Sheryl-Nussbaum Beach, Dean Shareski, and I were able to join Darren for part of the interview, along with one of Darren’s former students.

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Darren: “I expect my students to write the textbook.”

Darren: “Engage students face-to-face by talking to them during classtime”

Darren “Online, every voice is amplified equally”

Sheryl: “We need classrooms with more windows than walls”

Sheryl “Helping kids create their own positive digital footprint”

Dean: “Basic difference today and shift: Information isn’t scarce anymore. The basics include digital technologies.”

Sheryl “What we are looking at here is not just institutional learning. We are talking about the re-culturalization of schools. Focus on learning communities.”

Darren: “Learning is a conversation. The reflective classroom: It is apprenticeship and mentorship, co-learning.”

Dean: “The question of what happens when is important. The idea of disruptive technologies does not have to necessarily be a negative thing.”

Darren: “What I want to get out of it is not just the answer to this particular puzzle, but something that we can use all year long… The thinking that is done to get here.”

Darren: “Mathematics is the science of patterns. It’s not the particular facts that are so interesting, it’s the patterns.”

Darren: “It’s really about being numerate. We have facts and figures thrown at us in the media all the time. Our government talks about spending millions and billions all the time. Do you understand the differences between these numbers? If I give you a dollar every second, how long will it be until you have a million dollars. It’s hard for me to get a handle on numbers greater than 100. Answer is: Just under 12 days. Follow up question: Do the exact same experiment but go to a billion. How long will it take, getting $1 per second to get to a billion? It is 32 years!”

Darren: “Do you understand how to think algorithmically? Numeracy and literacy skills are both important. Research says people with better numeracy skills have better economic outcomes.”

Darren: “Learning is an intensely social activity, and children learn from the company they keep.”

Darren: “If you value education, if you value being numerate then your kids will.”

Sheryl: “Teachers are going to need to reinvent themselves in the 21st century.”

Darren: “Students post their muddiest points on their blogs just prior to their end of chapter examinations, which leads to lots of conversations and insights into struggles students are having with content and ideas.”

Darren: “When others care about what you are doing, your motivation to do better work goes way up. The value of mentorship when others are paying attention.”

Darren: “Kids are all about social connections and getting props from each other. Helping students do cool stuff, create valuable content and up the ante for each other [creates powerful dynamics].”

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