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A Bumper Sticker View of Digital Learning

Posted by jturner56 on November 10, 2013

To help focus and as a starting point for conversation put forward your

View towards learning

Digital Creates Learning Opportunities

and your passion

Digital Improves Learning

(so I’m a DIL… which by the way is Hindi for heart)
(How…see previous blog)

how this interacts with your learning environment

A happy learning environment thrives
We evolve through Construction

and in terms of the question that should frame each conversation

Does it improve learning?

First Question (From Jim Lengel Education 3.0)

Is Change Necessary?

Personal, Community, Context, Progress, Questioning = an educational journey

Education is a journey for each of us, our schools and our communities.

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Digital Techs…add value to learning…or do they?

Posted by jturner56 on November 5, 2013

In the vein of encapsulating the essence of what one is about, be it a school, program or person, I wish to provide my short response to the question: How do digital technologies add to learning?

In a nutshell

Digital Technologies personalise and can empower learning 

Some practicalities

  • they aid reflection (try redrafting without a computer)
  • they facilitate learning feedback loops (from Logo to today’s adaptability needs for the Google toolbar)
  • they enable What…If testing (from Spreadsheets to problem solving)
  • they put media manipulation potential in personal hands
  • they extend connections (global, social….)
  • they extend data manipulation (be it in conjunction with memory or categorising)
  • they support careers and life skills (from artist to financier and all in-between)
  • they help meet Digital Age curriculum needs (from researching and inquiring to digital concepts)

Any more…like to hear about them.

Of course this is an ongoing conversation with context, cultural and beliefs to consider. But a worthwhile journey if schools and formal education wishes to stay relevant.

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Reflections from the EARCOS conference in Bangkok

Posted by jturner56 on November 3, 2013

Sitting in a presentation by George Couros (@gcouros) on the value and importance of blogging for learning, showcasing and careers. So confirms my own and my school’s approach.

Good session earlier by Martin Skelton on “Less is More”. Using this to think about another theme “It’s always about learning” leads me to reflect on focus areas:

(1) Relationships > if we’re not together

(2) Knowledge > a lifelong journey

(3) Balance and Choice > in an overloaded, hyper-connected world

(4) Meta-cognition > importance of learning how to learn to get better

With Leadership at all levels (liked Martin’s 4 point job description / focus)
Thanks George and Martin for food for thought.

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