Considering PBL

This post is a cross post from my original in the  OSSEMOOC  June 2014, 30 days of collaborative blogging “Picture and Post” series.

Today’s post compliments some of our related OSSEMOOC posts on Project Based Learning (PBL).

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I really like the reference to PBL as an element in eLearning,  and arguably blended learning by extension.  The video referenced in this tweet,  may be of interest to you as you reflect on the 13/14 school year, and look towards Sept. 2014.

Watch the video referenced in the tweet above. 

~Mark

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Back to the Future Tablet Style

During a recent trip to the Netherlands,  we had the opportunity to visit the  Netherlands Open Air Museum & Park.  It is an interesting stop.  Additional information is available in this  Wikipedia  article.

One of the points of interest at the site was the Village School (Lhee Dr.) originally built in 1750, relocated in 1953.  The interior as you see it in my photos is vintage 1800-1830.

I have added comments to each photo applying a current  educational lens.

A peek in the door: open space and welcoming. 

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Central heating, flexible space (no rows!),  support for  small group instruction and a respectful design reflecting that learning is social. 

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Evidence of the use of mobile tablets to support personal educational experiences

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Hands on, independent use of tablets. It looks like they are actually drawing on the screens so I am assuming that these are not touch-screens.  I wonder about the wifi access.

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On a more serious note, this early classroom was certainly forward looking in many respects.  Perhaps they were simply learning while waiting for the thinking around the C’s and the whole ‘internet thing’ to become a reality.

~Mark 

Condition vs Threshold

Today’s post, a cross post from my original in the  OSSEMOOC  June 2014, 30 days of collaborative blogging “Picture and Post” series, is a good example of connected learning. This recent tweet from Julie Balen resonates with me.

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Watch the video:

I look forward to your comments.

~Mark

PBL: Where to Start

This post is a cross post from my original in the  OSSEMOOC  June 2014, 30 days of collaborative blogging “Picture and Post” series.  I am reposting it as I think raises a point of consideration.

I spotted this Twitter post from  Lisa Neale  this morning.  My initial reaction was why wouldn’t you start with a question?

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Perhaps we shouldn’t limit ourselves with a starting question.  Read this  interesting insight  from Peter Skillen’s  Construction Zone  blog.

~Mark

Connected Learners Need Connected Leaders

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Todays connected learners need connected school and system leaders.  Further to the presentation prepared for  TEDxKitchenerED about the work that is/needs to be done in the area of personally owned,  self directed learning opportunities for school/school board leaders to build awareness and capacity in this area,  Donna & I are pleased to announce that the  official TEDx video is now online.

 

~Mark

Telling Tales

This post is a cross post from my original in the  OSSEMOOC  June 2014, 30 days of collaborative blogging “Picture and Post” series.

I always enjoy opportunities to connect with  Stephen Hurley  or read his blog. I have recently enjoyed opportunities on both fronts – wonderful professional discussion and learning!

In this tweet, Stephen directs readers to a wonderful blog post where he reminds of the importance of telling our stories.

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Check out  Telling Tales  from Stephen’s blog, and feel free to leave a comment here about what resonates with you in his post.

~Mark