9:00-12:00 The Digital Learner: Tools That Transform

I. A Day in the Life of a Digital Learner- Angela and Sandy

  1. Questions to Respond/React To:
    • What did you notice?
    • What "roles" did you recognize?
    • What functions did the "tools and "platforms" support?
    • How does this compare to the day in the life of students in school?
  2. The Networked Learner Resources

II. Separating the Nouns and Verbs of 21st Century Learning

  1. Function Matrix

21st Century VERBS

  • INVOLVE - listen to, live the social web, understand it, this cannot be faked
  • CREATE - make relevant content for communities of interest
  • DISCUSS - no conversation around it, then the content may as well not exist
  • PROMOTE - actively, respectfully, promote the content with the networks
  • MEASURE - monitor, iteratively develop and respond or be damned!

  1. My Top Five List
III. Tool Comparison Chart

What Makes a Tool Great:
So what makes a tool great? Or, a better question than that: What should we do with tools to make them great? Here are some thoughts and feadback is appreciated, this is not an exclusive list!

1.Give students choice.

We don’t assess the tool, we assess the criteria, and we want students to meet specific learning outcomes.We can provide students with a choice of tools or even a choice of projects, and not every student in the class needs to meet the same outcomes in the same way.

2. Give students a voice.

Classroom discussions are great, but how else can we provide students with an opportunity to share? What venues can we provide for them to be heard?

3. Give students an audience.

So often we give students an audience of one… the teacher who marks their work. As a teacher, I told students ‘write to your audience’ but I never truly understood those words until I started blogging. If you want students to write to their audience, then give them a legitimate audience.

4. Give students a place to collaborate.

This comes with a caution: A place to collaborate does not in and of itself create good collaboration. You might be using a great collaboration tool, but do your students know how to collaborate effectively? Do they have specific roles to play? Do they have the skills to learn cooperatively?

5. Give students a place to lead.

Whether it be by choosing a tool, or teaching you a tool, or simply choosing their own topic to study, let your students be the lead learner and even the teacher as often as possible.

6. Give students a digital space to learn.

I’ve talked about blogs as learning spaces. Stephen Downes says, ‘To teach is to model and demonstrate, to learn is to practice and reflect.’ Give students a space to practice and reflect that is not limited to the confines of a classroom or notebook, and one that helps them build a community, or rather a network, of teachers and learners.
A tool is just a tool! It’s not the tool, but how you use it that matters.

12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:00 - 3:00 Lesson Application

3:00 - 3:30 Sharing

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