This is the final day of Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, a 4 day face-to face workshop remixed from #etmooc. #etmooc is a ‘Connectivist’ MOOC (‘cMOOC) that is designed around a few key principles:
The course is developed with a weak ‘centre’. While etmooc.org will provide a level of aggregation, detail, and direction, the majority of interactions are likely to occur within groups & networks, facilitated through various online spaces & services.
Participants are strongly encouraged to develop their own reflective, learning spaces. We’re hoping that every learner in #etmooc creates and maintains their own blog for continuous reflection, creativity, and resource sharing.
Sharing and network participation are essential for the success of all learners in #etmooc. Thus, we’ll be needing you to share your knowledge, to support and encourage others, and to participate in meaningful conversations.
Directed interactions and specific facilitated activities.
Blogs for participants to develop their own reflective learning spaces.
Structured sharing and participation .
This hybrid workshop that helps faculty transition from traditional lecture based teaching to “connected” learning where knowledge is distributed and learning is the process of navigating, growing, and pruning connections. Topics included:
Digital Storytelling – Multimedia, Remixes & Mashups
Digital Literacy – Information, Memes & Attention
The Open Movement – Open Access, OERs & Future of Ed.
The goal was to help teachers BEGIN to understand, through their own experience, the importance of fostering self-regulated, motivated, and autonomous learners.
Melinda Gates, a 1986 Duke graduate and co-founder of the Gates Foundation, delivered the commencement address to Duke University’s 2013 graduating class. Gates’ address focused around the word “connected,” and how technology has revolutionized the way we communicate.
“Humanity in the abstract will never inspire you in the same way as human beings you meet… Over the course of your lives, I promise you, you will have many opportunities to use technology to make your world bigger, to meet more different kinds of people and to keep in touch with more of the people you meet,” she said in the annual commencement ceremony in Wallace Wade Stadium. “I want you to connect because I believe it will inspire you to do something, to make a difference in the world.”
Gates urged Duke University’s graduates to use new technology to connect with others, including people in the developing world whose lives Americans can now touch in a more personal way.
So what will you do?
“I hope you will use to the tool of technology to do what you already had it in your heart to do … To connect … To make of this world a brotherhood … and a sisterhood …” (Melinda Gates, 2013).
How did they change? What were they before and what did they become?
Glad I’m not alone in thinking Carlin is a hero, even beyond the US. No matter what your value or moral stance was, he could get you to question it – not just it but every word. He challenged us to think about how we say things and how we do things, calling us hypocrites all the way. We need someone like Carlin who challenges us to be us all the time now. Is there anyone out there like that? Sometimes Eddie Izzard comes close, but then he is a combo Bill Cosby/George Carlin/who knows what for Americans. Do we have a Carlin today to make us rethink all our thinking?
PS: So how was the Summerfest? Would love details.
Do you challenge your students to mastery and to make meaningfulcontributions? Have you ever said to your students, “You probably want to do something interesting, let me get out of your way? This week you can work on anything you want, anyway you want, and with whomever you want. All I ask is that you show your results at the end of the week.”
If we start treating students like people and not assume they’re simply horses, and get past the carrots and sticks ideology and look at the science, we have a chance to make our world a bit better.
There are 400,000 words in the English language, and there are seven you can’t say on television. What a ratio that is! 399,993 to 7. They must really be baaaad. They must be OUTRAGEOUS to be separated from a group that large. “All of you words over here, you seven...baaaad words." That’s what they told us, right?
I went to the 1972 Milwaukee Summerfest. After Carlin was arrested for performing his “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television” routine, my views on the need to be open and transparent changed forever! George Carlin is an American Hero and pretty damn funny!