What is Guerrilla Learning?  

Guerrilla Learning is designed to help teachers and allow them to share their experiences in developing learning projects, tools, current trends and what the future of learning might look like.  If you look at the word 'guerrilla' it encompasses the ideals of Guerrilla Marketing, where businesses use low or no cost tools to market and improve their business practices. Guerrilla Learning is designed to do the same thing. 

In "Guerrilla Marketing," Levinson states that Guerrilla Marketing should be based on the following items:
  • Using (leveraging) Technology to get your message out
  • Building relationships with customers
  • Creating new relationships each month
  • Using a variety of strategies to reach customers
  • Messages should be focused on individuals or small groups.
  • Getting the individual to consent to you sending additional information (opt in techniques)
  • Develop the appropriate frequency of each contact wit the customer.  
The goal of Guerrilla Learning is to improve teaching and learning by using low and no cost tools that allow for the greatest amount of flexibility and creativity for teachers and students.

To make some sense of this, I also took the definition of Guerrilla Warfare and replaced a few key words that may bring the idea into better focus.  

The Wikipedia definition of Guerrilla Warfare: 

Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare in which a small group of combatants including, but not limited to, armed civilians (or "irregulars") use military tactics, such as ambushessabotageraidspetty warfare, the element of surprise, and extraordinary mobility to harass a larger and less-mobile traditional army, or strike a vulnerable target, and withdraw almost immediately.

Guerrilla Learning is a form of irregular learning in which a small group of students including, but not limited to, armed civilians (or "irregulars") use military tactics, such as ambushessabotageraidspetty warfare, the element of surprise, and extraordinary mobility to harass a larger and less-mobile traditional army, or strike a vulnerable target, and withdraw almost immediately.


What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0

Why is it so complicated?
Shouldn’t it be simply stated?
If some one mentions multi-channel
Smack them with a plywood paddle.

Web 2.0, it’s a great idea
You can blog while shopping in Ikea.
I can Twango from Djbleezi 
And bid on eBay when on the Zambezi.

Web two point zero, lets keep it simple
It’s all about connecting people

My cat does lots of stupid things
I love that cat to bits
I posted her on YouTube
And she’s got a million hits.

Don’t miss the kids when you’re not home
Don’t miss them puke
Don’t miss them groan
With 2.0 you’ll see them live
Beamed straight down your RIM 95

For dating it could not be better
There’s a hundred ways to go and get her.
Two point 0 can be a dating disaster
Because sometimes I get dumped so much faster
                                                            Web two point zero, lets keep it simple
It’s all about connecting people
Wondering teenager, do not stress
You can track them down with GPS.

Facebook, YouTube, eBay, Flickr
MySpace, Moove, Google, Twitter

With Web two point zero
You have the means
To carry the world in the back of your jeans

Thanks to you Web two point 0
There’s no such thing as good-bye
But know when you ‘poke’ my Facebook
I can see it you and not reply

Web two point zero
Let’s keep it simple
simple, simple, simple

Web two point zero, lets keep it simple
It’s all about connecting people

For all the words and made up names
For all the hype and buzz
Its been about connecting people
Like it always was
Like it always was

"Jumping the Educational Shark" is a presentation that I initially gave as a keynote presentation at the Harker Teacher Institute in June 2009. The slides below are part of the presentation.

Jumping the Educational Shark

Did You Know 2.0 is a short slideshow that quickly illustrates how fast things are changing and what are the types of things our students will be doing in the future.

Did You Know 2.0

Did You Know 2.0

In the next 8 seconds…
- 34 babies will be born
- 5 in India
- 4 in China
- 1 in the U.S.

What will the world be like… for them?

Name this country?
- Richest in the world
- Largest Military
- Center of the world’s business and finance
- Strongest educational system
- Currency is the world standard of value
- Highest standard of living

Great Britain in 1900

2006 College Graduates
- U.S.: 1.3 million
- India: 3.1 million
- China: 3.3 million

How many 2006 college graduates in India speak English? 100%

In 10 years it is predicted that the number one English speaking country in the world will be … China.

Who would have predicted this 60 years ago? 40 years ago? 20 years ago?

Did you know?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor
- 1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer … less than 1 year.
- 1 in 2 workers has been with their current employer less than 5 years.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that today’s learners will have…
- 10 to 14 jobs… by their 38th birthday.

Many of today’s college majors did not exist 10 years ago.
- New Media
- Organic Agriculture
- e-business
- Nanotechnology
- Homeland Security

What will they study 10 years from now?

Today’s 21 year-olds have:
- watched 20,000 hours of TV
- played 10,000 hours of video games
- talked 10,000 hours on the phone
- and they have sent/received 250,000 e-mails or instant messages.

More than 50% of U.S. 21 year-olds have created content on the web.

More than 70% of U.S. 4 year-olds have used a computer.

Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million:
- Radio: 38
- TV: 13
- Internet: 4

Number of Internet devices 
- in 1984: 1,000
- in 1992: 1,000,000
- in 2006: 600,000,000

Did you know?

We are living in exponential times

The first commercial text message was sent in December 1992

The number of text messages sent and received today… exceeds the population of the planet.

The Internet started being widely used by the public in early 1995.
- 1 out of 8 couples married in 2005, met online
- Revenue for E-bay in 2006: 6 billion. E-Bay was founded in 1996.

There were more than 2.7 Billion searches performed on Google: 2,700,000,000 … this month.

To whom were those questions directed B.G. Before Google

MySpace visitors:
- 2003: 0
- 2004: 5,000,000
- 2005: 10,000,000
- 2006: 30,000,000
- 2007: 60,000,000

More than 230,000 new users signed up for MySpace… today.

If MySpace were a country…
- it would be the 8th largest in the world.

YouTube visitors since September 2005… over 100,000,000
Did You Know?

There are more than 540,000 words in the English language… about 5 times as many in Shakespeare’s time.

Widget, Web-surfer, blog, cot-commer, e-learner, Internet

More than 3,000 books were published… today.

The amount of technical information is doubling every two years.
By 2010 it is expected to double … every 72 hours. 

Third generation fiber optics has recently been tested that push 10 trillion bits per second down a fiber. 
- That is 1,900 CD’s or 150 million simultaneous phone calls every second.
- It is currently tripling every 6 months.
The fiber is already there, they are just improving the switches on the end… which means the marginal cost of these improvements is effectively… zero.

Nearly 2 billion children live in developing countries.
- one in three never completes the fifth grade.

In 2005, the One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) set out to provide laptops for these children. The first shipments should be in mid-2007.

Kids who have never held a text book will now hold the world. And be connected… to you.

Predictions are that by the time children born in 2007 are 6 years-old, a supercomputer’s computation capabilities will exceed that of the human brain. 

And while predictions further out than 15 years are hard to do… by 2049, a $1,000 computer will exceed the computing capabilities of the human race. 

What does this all mean? Shift Happens

We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist… in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet. 

“We can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Did You Know…

There are students in China, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh and the USA who 
- remember
- understand
- apply
- analyze
- evaluate
- create
- communicate
- collaborate
on projects everyday.

Ask Your Kids:
Are you doing this in school?

Ask Your Principal:
How are you helping my child become literate in the 21st Century?

Ask Your School Board:
Are you providing the resources and training necessary to prepare students to be successful in 21st Century society?

Ask Your Elected Representatives:
Now that you know all of this, what changes should be made in current education legislation?
What’s your vision?

Did you know…
The original version of this presentation was for a Colorado (USA) high school staff of 150 in August 2006 to start a conversation about what our students need to be successful in the 21st Century. 
By June 2007, it had started over 5 million conversations around the world.
And now that you know, we want you to join the conversation
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