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Make Technology Learning a Hobby, not a Requirement

“But students might have to look outside of school for this. Already, 12 percent of high school students have taken an online class on their own, outside of the classroom, to learn about a topic that interested them.”

So then how is classrooms lacking technology failing our youth? Seems to me students taking the initiative for their own learning is a GREAT thing. I constantly have to research how to utilize technology on my own. I read tons of articles on “over-homeworking” the students. If they learn about technology on their own they will not be limited by the teacher. They probably will be more enthusiastic about learning it without an assignment or being told to. If we are worried about kid’s attention spans than allow them to develop their own learning habits on subject matter they really care about and then hold discussions with them on what works for them. Then maybe takes some cues and implement some of the successful strategies they have found. Better yet, let them teach each other these “right skills” on their own or when they have finished their classwork.

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July 24, 2013 · 1:09 am

Quick look at a few billion years of history (Intro to Big History Project)

(Full Disclosure: This video is over at 17:40 mark. Not even the full 18 minutes.)

I just watched the Ted Talk: David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes (seen below) and highly recommend it. Especially, if you are into science, history, collective learning, or well-managed presentations.

 

I was first drawn to this video because of the unusual title. I wanted to see if it was someone speaking like Micheal Stipe in R.E.M’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” or what details they had decided to skip over.

I was then drawn in by the discussion of the Law of Entropy. I always have found this law to be some what suspect. That in biology labs the examples fit it nicely, but that our modern society and specie as a whole differentiate from the path that it should take us down.

The Goldilock Conditions was a great term to describe the necessary conditions. I also think it is a term that could be used for lots of subject matters, in a wide variety of classrooms and be understood. I was kind of disappointed I did not think of it already. 

Besides throwing out my new favorite teaching term, Mr. Christian does a fabulous job of presenting his material. He uses just enough scientific jargon to sound intelligent without putting off his audience. His visuals were very useful to his presentation. They were high end but not over the top. I was engaged the entire 18 minutes. 

He wraps up his presentation by discussing how all other animals have brains that have information that die with them but because of our complex language abilities, humans can provide a history.

This history we leave is then part of our “Collective Learning.” As communities we have been doing this since migrating tribes. Now we live as “one global brain learning at warp-speed.” He references the idea of how we might not be learning from our history with his comments on the same weapons that were the focal point of the Cuban Missile Crisis are still out there and armed.

His hope is to strengthen the human race’s understanding of our history with his Big History Project. I wish he had gone into this project in more depth, but I certainly will be looking into further. Stay tuned for a follow-up post. 

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Talking photos

I made an animation from: http://blabberize.com/ . You can view it here: http://blabberize.com/view/id/993536

Could be a cool thing to use to introduce history lessons.

 

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July 2, 2013 · 1:57 am

Chicago Digital Youth Underground

The video I am referencing in this blog post can be found here: http://www.pbs.org/parents/digital-media/

I loved this video. It was so exciting to think about the fact that we are going to be a part of the generation of teachers who will change the status quo of classrooms and change the way kids learn. While I enjoyed the entire video, I am going to focus my reflection on Chicago’s Digital Youth Network.

This was a wonderful after school program that evolved into a digital media arts program in the schools. This hit home with me because when I graduated from High School I moved to Orlando to attend a school called, Full Sail (http://www.fullsail.edu/) Real World Education. Here I received an Associate of Science in Recording Arts. I have always thought this would be a wonderful skill to teach younger children. Not only does this provide our youth definite outlets to express themselves or give reports.

The single most significant thing I learned at Full Sail was how to learn. I was never a great student – primarily because I rarely took notes or studied. As soon as classes were about editing audio and mic’ing up guitars, I couldn’t stop taking notes and going back to my notes to rewrite them or study. I then realized the best way for me to learn. When I went back to a conventional college lecture, I had no problem taking notes or studying.

I hope more school district takes the “risk” these programs must seem like, because it will certainly progress the learning process for a large portion, if not all, of students.

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Made myself out of clay…

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May 21, 2013 · 11:23 pm