Technology Learning and Participatory Learning

I remember the first unit I ever planned, it was a Thematic Unit on Survival.


  1.  I was taught to sit at the dining room table and lay out all the materials needed, including; books, textbooks magazines, and of course the standards. As new teachers we needed to ask ourselves a few questions before we beagn as well as during the planning. 
  2. There was so much to take into consideration then and even more now.  When planning, teachers need to take into consideration not only a students learning style .  .  . 
  3.  but also their background and interests. 
  4. So we need to get to know our students !
  5. Currently, new standards, new approaches, and new pedagogy are emerging.  
  6. "Changes in society, student expectations, and technology are motivating innovative universities and college professors and instructors to re-think pedagogy and teaching methods." 
  7. Our goal as educators is to teach 21st Century skills which include the skills needed for global competence. 
  8. Developing 21st Century Skills
  9. And there are many types of new learning that we are hearing and reading about. Many of which include technology. We have read this week and previously, about blended learning, flipped classrooms, active learning, deeper learning, hybrid learning, MOOC's, OER's, and collaborative approaches among others. All emphasising the urgency and pertinence of changing from our traditional style of teaching and learning. 

  10. Our #DLMOOC readings  focused on Ron Berger and Exploratory Learning. Berger claims that teachers may not have a clear idea of the key learning that their students should know. So how does he think we should remedy 
    this? Through project based learning as well as having teachers take a lesson, goal, or state framework and put it into kid language making it transparent.  By making it transparent students will be able to "craft beautiful work" and take pride in what they produce. 

  11. We also explored the approach to learning called Understanding By Design, or UBD. As the name is familiar to me I learned that this approach prepares teachers to think long term as well as short term and prepares teachers for those teachable moments. It's the "Essential Questions" and "Enduring Understanidng" that drive this approach. And the performance tasks are at the hear tof the learning. 
  12. What is UbD? Grant Wiggins Answers, with Video Cases
  13. We want the modern day school teacher to be more than this!