reflections on e-teaching and e-learning.
I can really appreciate that this blog and the writer share a raw honesty and that both are also founded on sound pedagogy that drives that passion to be the ‘best’ teacher that one can be!
Essentially, students want and deserve learning spaces and content that suit their pace of life, learning and that engages deeper and creative thought. Some institutions and teachers have a more traditional and perhaps less adventurous mode of working, as the writer of the blog clearly points out.
I believe that the thought provoking evidence provided from student voice in the blog impresses on me that ultimately, we the teachers, need to be prepared to learn, stretch and question our thinking – for NOT to do so may mean that our students are NOT prepared or able to engage with the ‘media’ tide we are all experiencing!
Let me close with my picture narrative:
The car is not an invention that in and of itself suits any grand purpose other than to transport but you make it an ambulance, a taxi, a mini van full of kids going to soccer, then and only then, the car has found its true purpose! Technological devices, spaces and those that are in them – just like the car have no real purpose but upon reading this blog I am so glad that this writer is developing a real sense of purpose for learning for students. We can all learn something from this!
Car of the Future?
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Tagged blogging, collaboration, connected, digital literacy, Flipped learning, learning, new literacies, online tools, pedagogy, student voice, teaching
Resources for Developing Online Interaction.
A gem to keep and refer back to! Thank you Debbie Morrison (http://en.gravatar.com/onlinelearninginsights).
How often do we (as teachers) search the web for helpful sound information to inform our teaching, to support the learning of our students online, only just to feel frustrated that you are met with tons of advertising, promotions and gimmicks!
I have found that the key to less useless trolling and more guided focused intentional pedagogical treasure hunting comes from my selected social networks! I have tried to build my network with others who are as interested and passionate about teaching and learning online as I am. Others who have tested and researched the pitfalls and advantages that technology can afford our learners are the ones that I have chosen to follow and learn from.
Take the time to think about how your social networks can not only inform your practice but create better connections, workflows and a way forward for your own PD (professional development) at a time when institutions are cutting back on outsourcing this type of needed ongoing learning!
Reflecting on mistakes are the learning jewels we all need to accept and I believe that if you can accept ‘educated’ risks as a partner to mistakes then you’re able to shape your learning for life!
Educational blog to follow! Thank you Mark Osborne for your insightfulness and refreshing way to blog – makes you think!
11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid.
Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners.
Having focus in life is often under valued or unrecognized as we move from work to home to vacation ( if we’re fortunate) and then back to work…the cycle continues. In my digital world I’m beginning to sense a new kind of focus but it isn’t quite as pronounced as in my ‘real’ physical world. Unfortunately, I’m not very focussed in my virtual world and the distractions, at times, overwhelm me. My ability to have my own creative thoughts and then being able to reflect or act on them become blurred. I find myself losing interest and hence my focus.
This focus is something that I appreciate when I virtually bump into the lives and learning of such great bloggers such as Susan Oxnevad. She quietly inspired me to come back to my learning and to reflect on it. There is an order/style in her work and not just in this blog but in all her endeavors, using multiple tech tools, suitable to a number of different audiences and in a number of different contexts. I believe this is more than just ‘style’ but a real reflection of her digital self, her digital tattoo, her respectfulness as a digital citizen that speaks of her passion, expertise and care for the learning of others.
What does my digital focus say about me? As I keep learning and sieving through the abundance of digital dross that can distract me, I need to continue to critically and cautiously evaluate my contributions and consider where I want to take my readers too!