Quotation: “If we could embrace the tools many school districts are blocking (which are also essential tools for participating in the global economy and culture) we could build much more motivating and rigorous learning environments.” (pg 20)
Question: What are the necessary steps to take to ensure that school districts start to invest more time and money in experimenting with, and incorporating these tools that many of them are currently blocking?
Connection: I recently came across such as situation at my school site in which I tried to show an EDpuzzle video in my class but found I couldn’t because the restrictions on the initial video. I eventually unblocked the Youtube video, but still could not use my EDpuzzle because It came from the once restricted video and was edited down, and therefore a potential liability.
Epiphany: There are indeed so many digital options for learning, but it is being stunted not only from old-minded teachers, but also via district restrictions on what should be provided as well.
Quotation: “With easy-to-use tools for screencasting and publishing to the web, students have a 24/7 opportunity to engage in peer tutoring with children from other classrooms, schools, nations, and cultural backgrounds.” (pg 26)
Question: Where is the fine line in terms of students teaching their peers rather than the instructor teaching the students? When is it more beneficial to learn from a teacher, and when is it more beneficial to learn from your peers?
Connection: This reminds me of my own screencast and those of my peers. Yet it also reminds me of the internet today, and Youtube in particular, which is a resource used by thousands or even millions of people each day to learn about something, or how to do something. These videos, as well as resources throughout the internet are used for peer tutoring spanning to regions across the world.
Epiphany: I could perhaps save some time from creating lessons, and instead create detailed instructions and plans to have students design their own original lessons which can be utilized by their peers both in the class and within the entire world.
November, A. (2012). Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.