In response to my blog entry, Learning Evolves, faithful Around the Corner reader David Phillips shares the following story:
Regarding your post “Learning Evolves: From Cook to Chef in Today’s Classroom,” I was [convinced] a couple of years ago that I needed to stop [chucking] websites, apps and other resources at teachers in workshops. I’ve been working on building sessions where I design learning using some of the best current tools for teachers to actually do in the session. I did this with Google Drive/Docs last November at my TCEA Area...conference, and the teachers really enjoyed creating, collaborating and sharing their work. I used this video as a basis for a response piece on effective teaching and learning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdxEAt91D7kAgain, the approach you take is determined by the goals of your workshop session. While it isn't pointless to spend time up front deciding what approach should be taken, I do disagree that all sessions must reach deep. Some of the best sessions I've attended included those that introduced me to a tool that I'd never seen before, but that I could use in various ways.
Of course, I can’t cover as much ground, but most teachers benefit much more from this approach, especially when my goal is for them to “learn about learning.”
For example, David Warlick once gave a presentation on deep learning, etc. as a keynote address. In his presentation, he referenced a web site he was using. The reference was only, "This is where you can find my materials online for today's presentation," but I was fascinated by the power of the tool.
The solution was PMWiki, a free open source wiki solution. As a result I learned about a solution that I've used for various purposes:
- Setup a classroom wiki for a fifth grade teacher that enabled her students to create online portfolios for digital work.
- An ePortfolio site for my own,
- A wiki site for a large urban district mobile initiative.
- Project management wiki
- A no-cost document management solution.
Amidst the slides David shared that day, all the neat stuff, only one thing stuck--the one thing I needed and has made me a hero when it counted. So, what's that one thing for you as a learner?
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