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3 Challenges for a game design school
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, May 10, 2012
I'll be blogging in response to a webinar series offered by connectedlearning.tv at the invitation of the National Writing Project's Digital Is. Maybe the most inspiring thing about listening to Antero Garcia, a young teacher who has pushed on the boundaries of pedagogy in a very difficult teaching environment, is that words like "problem" and "challenge" seem to have only the best connotations when he says them. In this week's connectedlearning.tv webinar, Garcia ... 2012-05-10T15:05:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

Game design and rethinking failure in school #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Apr 28, 2012
I'll be blogging in response to a webinar series offered by connectedlearning.tv at the invitation of the National Writing Project's Digital Is. Katie Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play, offered principles for instructional designers to use in order apply the theories of game design in schools in this web session on connectedlearning.tv. Though the session title indicated there were six principles, I got four: 1. Create a need to know 2. Create a space ... 2012-04-28T05:54:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Touring a virtual classroom #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Apr 17, 2012
I'll be blogging in response to a webinar series offered by connectedlearning.tv at the invitation of the National Writing Project's Digital Is. Last night I had an interesting, 21st Century choice to make: read my newest e-book, Net Smart, by Howard Rheingold, or watch Rheingold's webinar on connectedlearning.tv. I stopped and thought about how I wanted to learn about technology and education. As a lifelong bookworm, I have always enjoyed the reading I choose ... 2012-04-17T18:34:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

An elephant of a sandbox #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Apr 07, 2012
I'll be blogging in response to a webinar series offered by connectedlearning.tv at the invitation of the National Writing Project's Digital Is. In last week's webinar, Philipp Schmidt, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Peer2Peer University (P2PU), spoke with host Howard Rheingold and a small panel of doctoral students who study connected learning. P2PU, a grassroots online open education project, strives to provide high-quality, low-cost educational opportunities. ... 2012-04-07T14:53:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

Reconceptualizing the library #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Mar 30, 2012
I'll be blogging in response to a webinar series offered by connectedlearning.tv at the invitation of the National Writing Project's Digital Is. In this week's session, hosted again by Howard Rheingold, we heard from Buffy J. Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian, who engaged in a discussion about libraries and learning spaces. Dr. David Preston's high school class "hung out" during the connectedlearning.tv webinar and asked a big question: "What ... 2012-03-30T15:30:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

What am I doing in this MOOC? #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Mar 28, 2012
I read Stephen Downes' address at EdgeX2012, highlighting the parts that were meaningful to me. Here is the annotated link in Diigo that shares my highlights. They might be useful to you if you're pressed for time and find yourself wanting to skim the long post. I affixed to the digital text a virtual sticky note which reads, "When online begins to outperform face to face." After reading Downes' address, I thought about his assertion that MOOCs aren't about content, ... 2012-03-28T07:51:00.001-07:00 [Comment]

Technology for community sake #Change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Mar 03, 2012
Right before I show YouTube videos by Michael Wesch in professional development workshops, I always take a quick poll of the audience, asking who has heard of the Kansas State professor. In the last four weeks, I have had the opportunity to lead three variations of the same professional development workshop, with audiences ranging from 13 to 35. I average about one raised hand each time I ask. This comes as both good and bad news, good because I can keep showing the videos and asking ... 2012-03-03T13:01:00.001-08:00 [Comment]

Thinking collaboratively and creatively about digital texts and tools... #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Feb 26, 2012
Author: Samantha Penney, samantha.penney@gmail.com I recently read a Twitter feed discussion between educators about this graphic, which was published on the University of Southern Indiana's website. They were critical of this arrangement of tech tools, calling it "arbitrary foolishness" and generally "disappointing." I tended to agree, but the discussion brought me back to an article I read recently by Alice S. Horning, "The Psycholinguistics of Literacy in the Flat ... 2012-02-26T15:12:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Learner, not lurker... #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Feb 10, 2012
I'm still captivated by apologies on the MOOC. Lately, I notice blog entries where participants label themselves "lurkers." While I understand the term as it relates to Internet culture and discussion boards, I read it as a form of apology or a caveat to informal, infrequent participation in this course which so often doesn't feel like a course. For my own part, my work in open courses ebbs and flows. At times I am a virtual version of the student who sits up front and raises ... 2012-02-10T08:41:00.001-08:00 [Comment]

Social media spaces and learning potential...#change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Jan 30, 2012
At the invitation of my district's educational technology department, I recently presented to a group of instructional leaders about the use of social media in education. Specifically, my topic was Twitter. In planning the session, I decided to avoid the discussion of how students might use Twitter in the classroom, opting instead to excerpt a couple of paragraphs from Personal Learning Networks, by Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli, before ... 2012-01-30T16:31:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Ritual Dissent (#Change11)
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Jan 23, 2012
During his live webinar last week, Dave Snowden discussed the power of ritual dissent to support decision making, saying that there is tremendous learning in organizations happening in the ritual grumbling around the water cooler. Because of my work as an instructional coach in a large school district, I think about the role of dissent among educators in a school. In collaborative learning environments, like the workshops I've attended and sometimes facilitated through my local ... 2012-01-23T15:10:00.001-08:00 [Comment]

Close study and cow clicking... #Change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Jan 22, 2012
A thought that resonated with me from Dave Snowden's live session this week in #change11: If instructors identify the learning outcomes for a course too narrowly, we leave no room for independent thought. Thoughtful instructional design creates a learning environment with room for student exploration and discovery. Snowden experiments with assessment that privileges original thought, and he talked about a course he teaches in which a substantial part of the grade is ... 2012-01-22T17:19:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Before we dismiss the massive, networked course...#change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Jan 15, 2012
During Friday's live session for the Change11 MOOC, Valerie Irvine and Jillianne Code questioned the importance of the recent popularity of Stanford's online course that registered more than 58,000 participants. One of them asked, "Who would want that?" At first glance, from a student's perspective, an online course of 58,000 cannot provide a learning experience comparable to a traditional course. We know from experience that larger courses mean less contact with ... 2012-01-15T07:03:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Talking while the teacher is talking: learning in the back channel of #change 11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Jan 07, 2012
I've experimented with back channels in my 7th grade language arts classroom. On occasion, I used it as a way to focus students' attention during Socratic circles. The outer circle of students, three times larger than the inner, armed with netbooks, had to respond on a wiki page discussion thread to the participants' comment during the discussion. Three outer circle recorded questions, reactions and quotations from the one participant they tracked. Since I was working with ... 2012-01-07T18:25:00.001-08:00 [Comment]

Sorry I'm late for #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Jan 05, 2012
I kept my New Year's resolution yesterday, joining the #change11 MOOC. My modus operandi in open courses is to arrive late and participate as though I haven't missed a thing. This fall I participated in the P2PU course, Writing and Common Core: Deeper Learning for All, joining in week three of and eight week course. Staying true to form, I've jumped on this MOOC's train long after it left the station. Still, I find myself wanting to apologize or gain approval. My ... 2012-01-03T19:58:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Surviving Education: #change11
onewheeljoe, learn, teach, repeat, Jan 05, 2012
In his talk today for #change11, Howard Rheingold spoke about being a survivor of the education system, venturing a guess that if he was a student today, he would likely be medicated. Lucky for him, his teachers sent to the art room- where his mother taught- which probably provided a small solace in the face of a larger concern that boys often encounter: classrooms just don't seem to fit. This type of reflection is so important for educators - me- to hear, the idea that a ... 2012-01-04T14:07:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

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