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Monday, August 12, 2013

What Would You Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? That is the question posed in a doodle/ poster that was featured on Richard Branson's blog today. The image is posted below and you watch the accompanying video on Branson's blog. With the exception of one line that may not be appropriate for students below high school / college, the poster provides some good thoughts about leveraging failure.
Source http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/failure-as-a-tool

Applications for Education
As we start the new school year this is good time to think about how we can take risks and how we can encourage students to take risks. Without taking a risk and being willing to fail and move forward, we can't move forward in our teaching and learning. To tie this to educational technology, one of the patterns that I see in schools is teachers who try to use technology once and it doesn't go as they hoped so they default back to the safe and old methods. Use opportunities like that to enlist the help of students and or colleagues and learn together to make the experience better the next time around.