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I looked for pictures for a couple of hours, wondering what to use to engage my grade 3 students who are thinking about blogging. I ended up choosing the above image for the word choice and colours because we were doing a blogging lesson.
This has been an incredibly busy week, but I am trying to focus on making one blog post a week and this week I’ve been thinking a lot about training, and sharing and how amazing video is at this.
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This week I’ve created two videos for training purposes for my teachers. Recently I’ve had to go to four or five classes and set certain things up. While I love spending my time with teachers, I really want my job as EdTech Coach to be focused on learning conversations. In order to liberate some of my setting up with teachers time I’ve made videos and shared them with teachers, this way they always have access and they can learn at their own time (and not have to ask me which I think some people try to just coast along until we realize that they aren’t doing what’s expected). The videos have been easy to make using Camtasia2 my coworkers use another program, but I think this is pretty easy to use.
I’m trying not to think of myself as “just” an Edtech Coach, but as a learning coach. While I don’t have the whole skill set yet, it’s something I’m working on.
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I think it all goes back to the sense of community and connection. If we all feel like we are connected, and we are trying to do the best for learning (students’ and ours) then we need to be open to some direction. Any kind of peer coaching can be helpful.
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I was reading George Couros’ blog today about “work phone mentality“, while I always enjoy his blog posts, this one really got me thinking.
At my previous school, before we introduced iPads to the classroom we gave them to our teachers for six months. The first two months were playing, and like Couros mentioned, not everyone played. Some people used it for personal communication, some looked into how they could use it with students, but I guess everyone who used it thought about how they could use it to enhance their teaching (which is great). But I don’t think anyone used it to try to create something (myself included).
I don’t think we were solely consuming (or we were aware of solely consuming), rather I think so much of what we know as educators is to consume and adapt. Rarely are we asked to create change, or stimulate change (well in our students yes, but in the system? I don’t think so).
For the past two years as an EdTech coach, I’ve been asking teachers to create rather than consume with their learners. And I fully support that idea today, but I think I’ve missed out on some of the benefits of consuming, or I’ve been using the word improperly or just leaving off the creating aspect from consuming.
Consuming, creating and the commons
While I often think of the potential of creative commons, I don’t always think of it as a tool for both creating and consuming (although now that I think of it, I can’t actually imagine it any other way). Coming from a constructivist view point, I believe we build on from our previous knowledge, besides direct experience and then consumption (reading, watching, listening, interacting) to other people’s experience, I don’t know what other ways we can acquire knowledge.
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