So today is Friday, I decided to send out a #FF (Follow Friday). My intent was to celebrate some of the voices whose voices (both physical and virtual) have impacted my thinking this week. As I do, I recognised the power of the village. In response I got some feedback that maybe it is really about empire building? I don’t think that it is, but then if others do what does it matter what I think? So what if all my actions are about empire building? What impact does this have on networks and community? Just wondering …Â
What if we flipped the keynote, provided a short provocation and from there used the time allocated for theÂ keynote to model authentic problem solving in real time? Is this beyond the realm of possibility? Would this be useful? Just wondering.
In a recent post by Peter DeWitt he reflects upon learning styles suggesting that our focus should be on learning strategies. I Wonder though whether talking about ‘strategies’ in themselves misses something as well? What if instead of dipping into a pre-concieved bag of what worked, teachers had the capabilities to build and adapt strategies to the specific needs of the learner?Â
There is nothing more frustating than opening a link only to find out that there is linkis comment down the bottom. I really don’t get the point of Linkis.com. If I share a resource, why do I need to remind people that I share it with people? Beyond the element of spamming, I wonder if there is a potential to use the funtion in order to give voice to random people in your PLN?
I have been thinking a bit about Creative Commons lately in response to Alan Levine’s recent work, I got wondering about the implications of a certification program. I have been through various programs in the past, such as Google Teachers Academy. and am told again and again about the community that will be made availible because of it. However, this is so often overlooked. What if, rather than a badge to go on a website, the focus of such certification was simply about community, about shared interest, a group of people with whom I we can learn with together? If content is people, awesome content is people working as a community.
Pasi Salberg talks about the pedagogical love that Finnish teachers have. I wonder what teaching might look like if every teacher had heutagogical love? A love of learning? What would be the impact of this on learning?
What if we replaced static school science fairs where students show their projects with an event where students are involved in activities where people can interact with different things and get hands on? Taking this a step further, what if schools opened their doors after hours to become a community hub for making?
As I progressively go through and archive a plethora of student blogs I am let wondering if we have gotten it right? Many of these spaces have been abandoned. Hours spent building them up, only for them to be left to silent. It makes me think about why we do it.Â This led me to wonder what if students and parents were responsible for the online presence? We ask students to do a lot already, why would managing a blog be any different? Also, this seems to be the fix for many schools in regards to iPads in that it puts the control in the hands of the students. This is an idea that Audrey Watters talks about in her book Claim Your Domain.
Steve Brophy sent the above image to me today with the challenge to identify the biggest problem in my classroom. I was intrigued by who was attached to the message and left thinking that the biggest problem in the classroom is the lack of student action. Too often the conversations that really mater a devoid of those who the decisions actually apply. Therefore I wonder, what if students had a central role in deciding what works in the classroom and what doesn’t? Maybe that itself would be the real learning?
I have been doing a bit of reading into different blogging platforms lately, especially as an answer to sharing in schools. I stumbled upon the notion of ‘respectful software‘ today from Ben Werdmuller. It left me thinking, how respectful is the software we use in schools and what if it was more so?