A good conversation piques your interest and leads to more questions and continued conversation. Choose, Act and Reflect right? Here are my takeaways (the ideas are a little messy, but I will lose them if I don't get them down):
- How do I help my students build their own personal learning networks? Skype, Blogs, Twitter? Are other teachers already doing this?
- Tonia Johnson and I discussed the possibility of building a network of learners within our district, Adams 14. A collaborative blog? Following on Twitter? This would be a great "first step" to expanding the network outside later. If we began it now, it would be a great model for future Global Learners and reluctant teachers who are wondering about the practical applications for these 2.0 tools in the classroom. Great way for students to collaborate with other students about the "why" in the classroom and to get a window into other grade levels.
- Am I most effectively blogging by using Blogger? I wonder if there is something out there that helps my students more easily access the benefits of blogging without having their own email account? What are others using for student blogging?
- Student forum with Arapahoe High Students where they discussed the importance of technology in ed. Why not ACSD14 students? (Tonia's question) There were some very powerful ideas:
- Learning is the focus not the tools (the first point made by a student)
- They can take charge of their own learning (researching their interests, decide what is useful for the learner, customizing/tailoring their credits by creating personal curriculum)
- Personal (student)Learning Networks rather than "top down" (their words) teaching
- A teacher created a "help me blog" so that students could help other student with problems they were having on a particular subject.
- A lot of talk about connections that these students were making for themselves. They are accessing and taking charge of the learning like never before!
- These tools really bring a renewed energy to the classroom, increase motivation and effect achievement. We need to share the "energizing" effect that this technology brings to the classroom. We need to do this without cheapening it by calling it "fun" or "cool" (I sometimes find myself using these types of words and then kick myself...).
- How do we begin to put data to all of this? I think the Global Learners in ACSD14 are in a good position to begin doing this next year.
The conversation continues.