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In this keynote presentation from ULearn 2011 Lane Clark begins by challenging the audience with a possible vision of the youth of the near future.From this point she moves on to exploring the relationship and differences between knowing how to think and knowing how to learn, concluding that “It’s not what you know, but how you learn that’s important”. She (with gentle humour) asks questions such as: Does 'real world learning compare to school learning? Are they the same? Are there overlaps?, and cautions through a personal story that having an interest in something does not necessarily mean that it is relevant.


Weaving experiences with her own students into her overview of her take on 'real learning' which she feels is bigger than inquiry. Links to some of the resources she uses, as well as detailed notes that were taken during her session are below.


After you have watched the video, please add comments, thoughts, and ideas in the discussion below. You might also want to ask yourself:

  • In your opinion, what is 'real' learning?
  • Is what your students doing authentic learning? Is it really inquiry learning?
  • How far could you and your students go together using approaches such as those suggested by Lane Clark?
  • Or are you already using some of these approaches? How are your students responding?

Inquiry Learning Toolbox - Lane Clark.pdf

Notes taken during the session


This second video, shared by John S. Oliver, is where Lane Clark  "shares her passion and her vision for teaching and learning. Lane believes that the big picture is teaching children how to learn, and challenges us to think about our vision for education and what we want to create for children".

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WOW this video is AMAZING.

And the PDF has more useful material than several books.

I found her website

But there is little there.

I do not find her on Blip YouTube or Amazon.

Her site does not even have a normal online store.

SO this is an online treasure!

The store on the site only has an email address that bounced.

SO do you know how I can get the poster and other items.

How can a woman this remarkable not be on Slide Share?

I am so pleased you enjoyed this. I was blown away by what she was saying, and with humour and love of learning.


I did a search and found that Hawker Brownlow education sell her all her items and this .pdf has a list (scroll down to the second page), and Spectrum Education sells one of her books: Where Thinking and Learning meet :-)

THANKS much.


I would conclude from her talk that she desires to help many.


Using BASIC online marketing strategies the sales of those materials could increase ten fold.

She has another video her for you to embed here on the big picture. It is a great follow up to this one.
Thanks for the link to the second video, John, I have watched and embedded it into the discussion above. I really liked the way she gently suggested that teaching thinking tools needs to be extended further, so the students learn how to choose and all aspects of their lives, not only in carefully crafted activities.

Who do you know online like her?

Who has taken all the new and old methods to craft a workable system?


As I examine her schedule it seems lopsided to me.

There are more than 200 countries on the globe.

She lives in Canada but goes to Australia and New Zealand often.

There are many countries that dominate the economic and technical space.

They are not listed as places she presents.


Help me understand the distribution of elearning around the globe.

Is Australia and New Zealand far ahead of the curve?

I am surprised not find hits in India, China, USA and maybe S Korea that has so many mobile phones.


Somewhere I came upon comments that Australia and New Zealand are very spread out.

There is low population density due to the sheep ranches.

So they have always tilted toward distance learning even by correspondance and short wave radio.


How powerful is the learning that she promotes?  It is amazing, enquiry learning at its best.  Why don't our assessment procedures reflect the breadth of what students learn?  Is it too damn difficult?

Assessment is a hot topic at the moment! Especially the way it is stifling learning, and has become the purpose of education. In this video Joel Klein and Sir Ken Robinson discuss "The New School", and assessment is one of the points mentioned by Ken Robinson. Some interesting points made...especially when taking into consideration Lane Clark's ideas! 


O where is the assessment revolution? ;-) 


I have NEVER heard so many high level ideas articulated so well in such a short period of time.


If I had the money I would outsource a person to mind map the key ideas on that talk for reflection.

I guess the only reassurance is that we're not alone in NZ  facing these issues. I found a brief summary report today from Europe, and this is one of the key quotes that jumped out at me:


"along with changes in other areas of the educational system, educational assessment must be transformed to be more responsive to the social and economic needs of students and society as we face the challenges of the 21st century.

Existing models of assessment are typically at odds with the highlevel skills, knowledge, attitudes and characteristics of selfdirected and collaborative learning that are increasingly important for our global economy and fast changing world. New assessments are needed that engage students in the use of technology and digital resources and the application of a deep understanding of subject knowledge to solve complex, real world tasks and create new ideas, content, and knowledge."

I wonder what the solution is...?


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