Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age
by Alan November
Solution Tree (May 21, 2012)
I read the Kindle Edition
"Reflecting on my own education while growing up,
I don't remember any of my tests.
I don't remember any of my multiple-choice tests
or my written answers.
But I remember the experiences I had...
...what can we give kids that's an experience
that they typically don't get...?" p. 86
Chapter 5 -- Job of global communicator and collaborator
Big idea for me: Students need to learn empathy. Global empathy as well as just plain understanding and appreciating other points of view.
Discussion Question #1 -- What kinds of opportunities can you imagine for enabling students to engage with authentic audiences around the world?
- Skyping with other schools and with authors...and perhaps with the international families of my students? Just learned last night on #5thChat about Mystery # Skypes and TodaysMeet. Both of these seem RICH with possibilities!
- Working the Twitter feed for all it's worth.
- Participating in the Global Read Aloud.
Discussion Question #2 -- What barriers do you anticipate educators will face in guiding students in the role of global communicator and collaborator?
The biggest barrier will be Me.
- I have to guard against running out of time, energy, commitment, focus, and a willingness to brainstorm creative ways to access technology resources.
- I have to remember to start small, using authentic audiences in our own school district...maybe even our own building!
- I have to choose projects wisely, then work backwards from the end result to make sure I've taught all the skills my students will need in order to be successful.
Chapter 6 -- Purposeful work, legacy of student contribution
The story of the student-written history text/wiki is fascinating. Leaving a legacy is as crucial as empathy. I had an amazing interim principal once upon a time (you know who I'm talking about, some of you). His tagline on all written and most verbal communications was "Leave a legacy." The hallways in the new wing of our building (built during his term with us) are named Legacy Lane. Through his constant use of that word, he made me think about the value and importance of all I do in my classroom and our school. I think the idea of taking student work to the Legacy Level can be a ongoing conversation from day one. "What can come of this work we are doing that will be of lasting importance? Of use to someone else?" Thinking about the legacy piece will naturally tie into teaching empathy. (Hmm...this is pretty fascinating. You are witnessing ideas being born as I type...I'm getting really excited about this!!) I recently had an afternoon of conversation with some of my #LivePD pals. We kept wrapping back around to the idea of "Who will be the audience?" Seems like if students are involved in conversations about leaving a legacy, they are also determining the audience for the work they'll be doing. So they won't just be shouting into Cyberspace and hoping someone will respond. (Hmm...it's all coming together nicely...) And if we're considering legacy, we've got purpose covered, too! (Hmm...)
Discussion Question #1 What opportunities can you identify for incorporating multiple student jobs into your classroom activities?
The answer is Yes. (need time to think and plan)
Discussion Question #2 How could you help your students create an educational legacy that would outlast their own student experiences?
The answer is Yes. While I'm hoping that it's not just one thing and that it comes as much from them as from me, I do have one idea I'd like to float to my students and to the staff of my school: We need to take our Multiculturalism on the road to other schools whose classes aren't as international as ours. We need to take our authentic Multicultural Day out to other schools that have a fake one put on by their PTO.
Discussion Question #4 How would you structure yearlong collaboration with colleagues beyond your classroom to add value to your students' learning experiences?
See answer to #1. (also got a good start on this during #LivePD with Karen, Maria and Cathy)
Laura Komos (Ruminate and Invigorate) is hosting today's conversation about WHO OWNS THE LEARNING? Thank you to her, to Jill Fisch (My Primary Passion), and to Cathy (Reflect and Refine) and for bringing us together to have these important conversations. Looking forward to the Twitter Chat!