Skip to main content

Preparing for Connected Learning in 7 Steps

Several poignant questions were asked during our Connected Learning workshop for 3rd - 4th year teachers.  One of the most direct and relevant was...

"What should we be doing now to prepare for 1:1?"
  
After providing a summary of what I felt was a solid response, I said that I would follow up with our current 1:1 teachers to gain their perspective on this.  I then posed the question to the students taking my in-district course, "Digital Tools for Connected Learning".  These seven items were consistently given as suggestions for preparation for creating a connected learning (1:1) environment for students:


1
Establish an LMS (learning management system) NETS-T 2, 4, 5
2
Digitize content, establish cloud storage w/ sharing NETS-T 1, 3, 5
3
Establish collection of web resources NETS-T 1, 2, 5
4
Familiarize yourself with 1:1 hardware NETS-T 1, 2, 3
5
Keep learning goals, objectives, & skills at the forefront NETS-T 3, 4, 5
6
Continually ask “WHY?” when considering new tools NETS-T 1, 2, 3
7
Build out PLN (personal learning network) NETS-T 2, 4, 5


There are likely others that we missed, but this would certainly be a good, working list for teachers to begin with.  In general, our current pilot teachers suggested; keep it simple, keep it focused, don't be afraid to take risks, and become a model "learner".

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Tech Time Saver #3 - URL Shorteners

Richard Byrne reminded me earlier this week that URL ( uniform resource locator ) shorteners are very simple ways to make web navigation more effective and time efficient for you and your students. Here is a comparison of three popular URL shorteners;  Google URL Shortener ,  Bitly URL Shortener , and  TinyURL.com . Google URL Shortener - is my personal favorite. Simply copy the original, lengthy URL and paste it into the space provided at goo.gl . Google then creates the short URL that can be copied and pasted as a link into blogs, tweets, or presentations. Google URL Shortener becomes even better when the Chrome browser is partnered with the Google URL Shortener Extension . One click condenses the URL from dozens, to possibly hundreds, of characters down to a randomized assortment of five letters and numbers. In addition, this click provides an option of creating a QR code from the URL. Usage statistics for the shortened URL can be tracked through Google Analytics.

Self-Directed vs. Self-Determined Learning; What's the Difference?

"We need to move beyond the idea that an education is something that is provided for us, and toward the idea that an education is something that we create for ourselves." - Stephen Downes In this age of abundance of information, shifting classroom pedagogy isn't nearly enough to make learning in school more relevant and authentic for the learner. Self-directed learning ( andragogy ), and self-determined learning ( heutagogy ) are the ideals necessary in making students " future ready " to live and learn in a web-connected world. While original research applied these concepts to mature learners, it has become apparent that even young children have an abundant capacity for recognizing and directing their learning. Anyone who has observed toddlers learning how to walk and talk understand the motivation and skill development that quickly develops during these processes. Considered by some to be on a learning continuum, self-directed learning, and self-determined

Digital Badges for Teacher Professional Development

Increasingly, digital badges are becoming a topic of discussion for educators. A digital badge is a digitized token of recognition for acquiring a skill, demonstrating a competency, or for sharing knowledge gained from the completion of an activity or project. As more of our learning comes by way of digital connections and contributions, badges are becoming a more prominent method of acknowledging skills and accomplishments. Many teachers readily acknowledge the importance of personalization of learning for students. Shouldn't professional development experiences offer the same promise? Ask a typical teacher to describe their PD experiences in a single word and you will likely get responses such as irrelevant or  boring . Besides personalization and relevance, digital badges provide opportunities for teachers to discuss the skills and knowledge that support educational best practice, and professional growth. These conversations support the form and function of profession