The Australian Curriculum stress authentic learning in a pedagogy of students engaging in collective Learning- A Community of Practice.
A community of Practice is not just a group of people coming together with a shared interest. This seems static/stagnant.
A community of Practice is on the Life Long Continuum of education, where all members share their experiences and learn new skills etc.
This is the challenge for Teachers,to therefore provide the students with authentic Collaborative Learning experiences.
For example A science prac group of students(Community) designing an experiment to explain/demonstrate a concept(Domain) using apparatus, diagrams, Google.docs(Practice)
Students bring into the group their past knowledge/experience of experimental design to apply to the problem currently presented to them, collectively solve the problem and learn new skills/experiences to use in the future
I am always looking for new ways of doing things online but this is not the answer!!!! Was this written by Twitter to promote Twitter?
I think that the negatives of using social media for professional reasons far out way the positives. Even though the number of points I made are more for positives, the weight of each of the negatives can be catastrophic.
Share resources with other educators
Can do real time online professional development
Get updates from professional educational organisations
Can be a valuable PLN
Casts a very wide net of possible professional connections.
Opens up a cyber library of Educational resources
Can set up a personal and a separate professional account
School advise only to use their systems when communicating with colleagues, students and parents
The suggestion of communicating with parents is completely inappropriate
Too many guidelines to follow, to not fall into unprofessional traps.
Is only really appropriate between teachers, not teacher and students
Can choose your followers but that then limits possibilities for networking and defeats the purpose.
I have wondered what the big deal is about using Ipads in schools as they don’t do anything a textbook or laptop can do and in most cases can’t even do that. They are not providing anything beyond what a regular teacher and their current resources can provide just
substituting, giving students content without creating anything.
Being reliant on apps has its limitations with the development of appropriate educational formats.
The Apps can be classified into 4 Categories according to Means.
The added 21st Century pedagogical components of communication and collaboration need to also be considered, for App classification.
This reading highlighted the fact that the study did not find a single ‘Educational’ App that met the modern understanding of learning.
This is the evidence to back my opinion that they are not the modern classroom Teaching and learning hero, people believe they are going to be.
There are some Apps the research did believe to be “Standout” in Educational experiences.
Murray, O., & Olcese, N. (2011). Teaching and Learning with iPads, Ready or Not? TechTrends, 55(6), 42-48
I have wondered why the size of mobile phones has got larger, when traditionally it seems that the manufacturers of technology want to show their innovativeness by making things smaller.
Mobile phones in Education, is therefore the mobile phone manufacturers new market. This is genius for them as it opens up a whole new group of people to sell their product to and genius for allowing access to education that was previously unaccessible for some people, due to the lower cost in comparison to a computer/laptop.
Here in Australia, with the increased BYOD policies in many schools this could also become an affordable option for some families.
It unfortunately enhances the divide between the socio-economics of a group of students that the school provided laptop smooths out and still awaits the demand for such M technology to have apps etc modified to fit across many different mobile device platforms.
Salmon has helped my confidence in the online space as I like the awareness of there being stages to strive towards to give me assurance that I am on the right path and that there is a goal to strive towards.
I am feeling more confident, at around stage 3 now.
I have been posting and replying to people but am very self conscious that I am doing or saying the wrong thing, so will spend a bit of time agonising over posts before I send them.
I am very independent in my nature and don’t seek help from people much, I would rather search for solutions myself than ask someone for help me. Therefore I am still uncomfortable asking other classmates for opinions on matters and I don’t feel confident to give my opinions to classmates.
This whole reflection is making me feel uneasy.
I am actually becoming one one the types of students that drive me crazy. We are head high in group PBL now and I have a number of students who will continually ask me for my opinion or if they are doing something correctly. I have to remind them that themselves and I are not a group, to communicate with their group members to solve problems.
Ashamedly I contacted Adam before contacting classmates.