Posted to Diigo 05/23/2010

    • Connections is a about the process where the human mind takes the same letters of the alphabet but puts them together in a unique way to create something that far more compelling than the parts that went before. All the components for innovation existed. The magic was in the connecting.
    • do something that introduces new connections into your routine today.
    • I believe that the best way to learn about the world is by connecting with it
    • Before we work with our students on using these technologies, it is important that we work with them to be strong digital citizens
    • Work with your kids (as a teacher or parent) and teach them how to be responsible.  Teach them that it is okay to communicate when things are not great.  They are going on the Internet either way; will you work to help them prepare for it?
    • there appears to be an understanding of supporting learners in constructing their own meanings and understandings, rather than passively consuming materials
    • there is a real excitement about the potential of using multimedia for learning, once more not just consuming but creating audio and video
    • many teachers also seem to understand the Learning Management Systems and Virtual Learning Environments are for managing students, rather than providing an active tool for learning
    • Many teachers, whilst aware of the possibilities of new media, say the education system makes it difficult for them to change existing tecahing and learning practice. The reasons vary but include lack of infrastructure, lack of understanding and support from management, an overly prescriptive curriculum, lack of time, and rigid and individualistic assessment practices
    • Can teachers themselves initiate such change bottom up through introducing new technologies and pedagogies in their own practice. Can we drive change through modernising teacher training? How effective are projects in embedding change? How about ‘innovation champions’? Can we persuade managements of the potential new ways of tecahing and learning offer?
    • This is not going to be an orderly change from ‘old’ policy and practice to a shiny new world of technology enhanced learning. It will be messy. the problem is not the modernisation of schools, but rather that our schooling systems are increasingly dysfunctional within our society and increasingly irrelevant to the way many young people communicate and develop understandings and meanings
    • A mutual respect between teacher and student must be created to ensure that there is an opportunity for optimal learning
    • 1. Kids need to feel safe
    • safe to make mistakes, share thoughts, and know that their ideas will not be attacked or ridiculed
    • Trust must be apparent for students to succeed.
    • 2.  Students are cared for as people first
    • We always need to teach kids FIRST then curriculum.  Remember that.  Always.
    • If you enjoy what you do, have a sense of humour, and can laugh in your environment, you will do better and enjoy what you do
    • 3.  Opportunities for fun
    • Staff are encouraged to allow students to use Ipods in the classroom to not just connect with the outside world, but to also just let kids listen to music while they work.
    • Allowing students to use them responsibly in the classroom while respecting the learning of their peers is just one way we can create a better environment for students to learn
    • 4. Ideas and opinions are valued
    • Even the most famous inventors have failed before but we have to show students that even when they fall short, it is all a part of the learning process.
    • Kids need to have the opportunity to show their understanding in a way that is meaningful and relevant to them
    • 5. Opportunities for individualized learning
    • 6. Understand their knowledge and guide them to further their learning
    • I do not believe that “marks” are the best basis for this because they do not give any feedback for growth.  As teachers, it is our responsibility to give strategies to improve learning and help them further their own learning
    • 7. Student as a leader in the classroom
    • It simply can mean that they have the opportunity to show leadership in areas they excel and are passionate in
    • I appreciate learning at all times, even if it is from a child.  Not only will students appreciate that they have taught their teacher something, they will go out of their way to further their own learning to ensure that it happens again
    • 8. Opportunities for all to reflect
    • Time has to be given to students where they can self-assess their learning and put their ideas together
    • It is not the avenue that is important, but the opportunity
    • Find time in the busy school day to let students reflect on what they are learning
    • Through writing this post, I realized that this is not JUST an environment that we should try to create for our students, but for all those that we work with
    • When I design, facilitate, or moderate webinars I come from a social learning perspective, which means that participation is key. I get rather uncomfortable if a session is filled with me talking to slides because I feel I’m not engaging my learners, and King backs this up so neatly, saying

      “discussing the material with others actually transforms how we think about it… During such interaction with another, we clarify ideas, negotiate meaning, develop new skills, and construct new knowledge: thus, learning becomes a by-product of that interaction” (1997, p. 221).

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