In Aleta's post she found some great videos to supplement her blog. Most of these videos talked about how education is not keeping up with the present day. The world is changing and we need to change with it, rather than staying stuck int he past. In a YouTube video she found Andreas Schleicher made the point that we don't need to try to teach kids everything because Google already knows the answer. This made me chuckle. Rather trying to cram students brains full of information, we need to teach kids to apply their knowledge in new situations. She also found a strategy by Dr. Pravin Bhatia that sounds like what I have heard of as jigsaw. I didn't think about using this in a makerspace, but it does sound like it would be perfect to wrap up students thoughts and share what they are learning.
Anastasia gave a recount of her personal learning experience with technology. I really appreciated this because I believe everyone can relate to it in some way, even if it is with something other than technology. She explained that she learned technology because it was a requirement to get where she wanted to be. You learn things to get better at something you want to get better at. I love the quote she picked: “Piaget reminds us that knowledge is the consequence of experience. Working on personally meaningful projects, within the curriculum or as a hobby, is a powerful way to learn.” Learning is a natural process of doing something you enjoy. I think this is a huge takeaway for me in realizing that student learning does not have to look like what everyone envisions in a classroom. Students can do things they love, learning will just look different. But, this does not mean that they are not learning. She also found a list of 15 characteristics of a 21st century teacher that I also found. This is a great list and I picked 3 that I have been looking into more: Twitter, PBL, and coding.
Teresa commented on my blog about the camaraderie of this class. A lot of 21st century learning is based on collaboration and peer support. You work together and I believe this class fosters that idea. Even though we can't physically meet in the same location we are able to work together and trouble shoot. It is always nice to know that others are working and struggling the same as you are. Gerald gave me some resources for coding that I will be checking out.