Digging through your various blog posts, I can see that the majority of you are still working on the previous content involving Gamification, the Flipped Classroom and MOOCs. That’s absolutely fine, because as Jeff said, “Take a week for yourself“. And considering Thanksgiving celebrations and shopping may be in the mix for some of you as well as the beloved report card writing season, let’s use this time as a chance to get caught up.
Just quickly wanted to share two articles that were posted on Edudemic recently. The timing is obviously quite relevant to Course 4 and for those of you still chipping away at your reflections for these topics.
Instead of discussing Project Based Learning, I’ll just share a few snippets of what I’ve come across in your blogs. It’s a bit of a mishmash, but hopefully this helps to save you time, and perhaps expose you to some posts you may not have otherwise stumbled upon.
Beth Dressler had some great thoughts to share about her experience with Coetail:
“building a professional learning network through COETAIL and being connected to other educators around the world has been a massive change in this last year. I can choose when, how and what I learn, so my learning is relevant, on-time, useful and practical. Also, COETAIL has allowed me to experience the connected, online world that my students live in. It’s allowed me the chance to “walk the walk and talk the talk”. At EduTech 2013 in Brisbane,Gary Stager said, “You can’t teach 21st century learners if you haven’t learned anything yourself this century.” Provocative? Yes! True? Yes! And, thanks to COETAIL, I’ve had the chance to learn, learn, and learn some more in the 21st century!”
Lissa’s well researched post, “Gamification: why I’m a skeptic“, sparked a very involved and passionate discussion about Gamification and deserves to be read. Jeff and Rebekah chimed in as well; have a look and see how this impacts your current thinking on the topic and if you have something to add please do so on her post to keep the thread in one place. Here’s an excerpt from one of Rebekah’s comments:
The one thing I keep wondering is, have you played a video game? Have you played a game with your students? Have you talked to gamers? It’s not a real research, but it’s a start. Games don’t always have to be about competition…in fact many games only reward collaboration. I don’t think gamers play games to collect points. Maybe they play to “beat the game”, but for many games the journey is incredibly important. They do it because they like playing the game, exploring a world that is unimaginable to them, and they can play with people around the world. Gamers are playing because of an intrinsic motivation to play.
I don’t think I’ll ever have a perfectly gamified classroom. My classroom is a remix of lots of different things. And I also think that my kids will be okay if I mess up and don’t do it correctly. Because I have other safety nets in my classroom for when I mess up. But if we introduce game-based learning (or any other types of __________-based learning), the metacognition skills are even more important than before. If my kids realize we’re playing a game and make connections to the big concepts or skills we’re learning and are actively engaged then I’m willing to have a go.
Thinking about Connectivism, Beth Marinucci has revisited and reflected on The Coetail Effect, and has come up with an excellent definition. What do you think? Does this fit the description for you? Feel free to add a comment to her post if you’d like provide input.
Through guided readings, reflections, collaboration and practice, educators experience an understanding and appreciation of the role of technology in learning. Connectivism allows both teachers and students to become empowered and to have authority over their learning to the point that, together, teachers and students reinvent teaching and learning. Ultimately, we pursue our learning with confidence, authenticity and purpose with the end-goal being independence, with the support of a global learning community.
And lastly, Jeff Layman has an interesting couple of presentations coming up and has asked for input from you wonderful people in Coetail. The data that he accumulates will surely be of interest to all of us. Take a moment to participate! Tips to cultivating a thriving PLN