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OSSEMOOC: What is your Next?

Reblog:

In response to this post on the theme of What is your Next?, OSSEMOOC is thrilled to have the “answer” video posted live as part of the  K12 Online Conference.  Check out the conference details [here].

Enjoy OSSEMOOC‘s  collaborative video :

~Mark

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Thinking About Professional Learning

Reblog from  OSSEMOOC.

If you were not able to join us live this evening,  the session recording is now available [here].  A summary of some of the thinking we shared, and some of the questions that arose from the discussion are captured below.  Please feel free to continue the conversation in the comments.

I’m not sure we answered any of the questions we used as provocations this evening, but the discussion was rich, and it led to more questions.

We began with this question:

“How does a shift occur from a mindset where learning is provided to a culture where learning is sought?”

This applies to students and teachers.  It’s a big shift!  But we are seeing a critical mass now believing that this must go forward.  Consider this link shared this evening: http://mltsfilm.org/

Or, consider this story about China telling its students to quit school: http://zhaolearning.com/2015/01/22/china-encourages-college-students-to-suspend-study-and-become-entrepreneurs-and-innovators/ .

Raghava KK spoke eloquently on this very topic last weekend at #Educon.

Agency, or ownership of learning, is a powerful concept when we consider both student and adult/educator learning.

We know that parents need to be involved in the shift.  They are products of a system built in the 1800’s, but it is the system they trust.  How do we bring them into the conversation of what education needs to look like in the year 2015?  How do we address their concerns about “preparation for high school” and “preparation for university”?

Is the inertia of higher education a brick wall preventing change? Is the focus on marks as the filter for higher education opportunity stifling learning?

What is the importance and impact of “tradition” on the work we are doing in trying to change to a culture of learning?

Student teachers exist in the higher education system.  How does this affect their thinking about what education can be?

We hear university professors complain that students don’t have the critical thinking skills they expect, yet the entry filter into university is a two digit number that may have nothing to do with critical thinking skills.

Will our elementary students in Ontario today be the drivers of change?  Will they stand up for quality opportunities for inquiry over memorization and test taking?  Will they resist a system that forces them to memorize answers instead of encouraging them to ask questions?

How much curiosity will they be able to retain?

How can we disrupt the thinking around professional learning.  Do we need a new name for PD days?  What might that look like?

PL (Professional Learning) Day? SD (Self-Directed) Day? PLC Day?

Do you believe that all educator professional learning should be directed by what knowledge and skills the data indicate that students need to succeed (i.e., that all professional learning is based on student learning needs)?

Can professional learning be based on the passions of the educator?

Are you working in an environment where your colleagues challenge your practice to make you think deeply about what you are doing?

Are we valuing professional capital (Fullan and Hargreaves) enough?  Sal Khan says that the nations who will be strong in the future are those who have nurtured innovation and creativity among their people, as we shift from and industrial to an information society (http://mltsfilm.org/).

Do you think that “Professional Development” creates a culture of learned helplessness? Have we taught educators to wait for someone to teach them?

Have we done the same for our students?

Is this the only PD really needed: “The opportunity to learn where to find something when we need to learn about it”?

If we want kids to explore and learn, why would we sit back and wait for someone to teach us?

Should schools create a culture of teacher-learner agency?

(From Wikipedia, “In the social sciences, agency is the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices”.)

We’d love to hear your thinking about this.  Feel free to comment, and please join us live next Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST for more thinking and learning on this topic.  More details will be posted at the OSSEMOOC site.

ECOO interviews OSSEMOOC

Check out this  Google Hangout interview with  ECOO  project manager  Michelle Cordy  and  OSSEMOOC  project co-leads  Donna Miller Fry  and  Mark W. Carbone.

Take a moment to learn more about  OSSEMOOC  and find out about some of the  plans for 14/15.

~Mark

Tweets as Prompts

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

When I saw this tweet  it reminded of a recent conversation with Rod Lucier  where the point of discussion centred around the ideas that:

a) all positions have leadership components and
b) perhaps the best leadership position is the one you are in.

Using this tweet as a prompt, I think it is time worthy to reflect on the leadership traits described here.

Leadership-Fullan

What changes will you make to your practice?

~Mark

Audio Feedback for Students

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

Earlier this summer, this tweet from  Andrew Bieronski  caught my eye. Providing appropriate and frequent feedback to students is a critical part of the learning process. I like the idea that feedback happens in different forms, and I can think of a variety of reasons why recorded feedback is a benefit to learners.

audio_feedback

Check out the audio feedback “how to” guide [here].

How would you see this working for your students? or staff?

~Mark

Learning is Messy

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

In some ways, this picture says it all.

learning_is_social

On the other hand,  maybe not.

I think the real question is:  what does is look like in the classroom? – or the work place for that matter.  Rows of cubicles are no different than rows of desks.  Learning, and collaborating, in messy mode requires a shift.

How do we build greater comfort and capacity to let go,  let the messiness happen and let the students/staff benefit from less control and increased socialization?

Please share.  What does this look like, sound like and feel like in your classroom or work space?

~Mark

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).

PBL5keys

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