Wow…so far during course 3 you have done some wonderful work exploring how we can use visual mediums for teaching and learning. Through blog design updates, infographics, and presentation designs, you have shown that you are being thoughtful about how we use design to facilitate understanding. 

Here are a few highlights from Course 3 so far:

Reyna’s Canva Infographic exemplar about her trip to Greece showed students how they can use a combination of text and visuals to send a message.

Caitlins collaborative re-design of the learning space helped students gain agency over their learning environment.

Alex’s dynamic blog re-design showed some of the different considerations to keep in mind when designing a blog.

Visible Thinking

This week you will be exploring how technology allows us to connect with diverse ideas and people. Some of the themes you will see are global connection, collaborating asynchronously, and the representation of social identities.

When I was looking at the themes for this week and how we can use digital tools to collaborate and share ideas I couldn’t help but make a connection between a popular visible thinking trend and the Text Rendering Protocol

In the Text Rendering Protocol students are finding meaningful phrases within a piece of text and sharing how it made them think or feel. A process that prompts students to explore different ideas and discuss their diverse understandings. 

I made a connection to something I first saw on Twitter called #Booksnaps. Booksnaps, started by Tara Martin from Kansas, asks students to take a photo of a page of a book and “mark-up” that page using their iPad or tablet. They would highlight passages that mean something to them, annotate their thinking, and use emojis or bitmojis to communicate feeling. 

It connected well to this weeks topic since they are often shared online to allow for discussion and further thinking to take place. Students can explore one another’s #Booksnaps asynchronously through their social network or LMS and gain a deeper understanding of different viewpoints. This activity is both fun (since it incorporates technology students are familiar with and enjoy), and a great way to generate further discussion. 

This Week:

This week you will be using another wonderful tool that promotes connection and collaboration, Flipgrid. You will be reading Harro’s chapter about the Cycle of Socialization and identifying 1 sentence, 1 phrase, and 1 word that is particularly important to you and your understanding of the cycle of socialization. You will then go to our community Flipgrid and add a video to the Community Text Rendering topic briefly introducing yourself and sharing your word, phrase, and sentence. 

After that, you will switch over to the Community Discussion topic and add a video:

  • Reminding us who you are.
  • Sharing what you heard from others’ videos and what it says about the document/concept of the cycle of socialization.
  • Reflecting on how this cycle might impact your practice.
  • Debriefing the process – how might you use a similar process with your students?

In your blog post, share the QR code and link to our community Flipgrid. Share your blog post with your PLN and encourage them to add their voice to the conversation.

I’m looking forward to seeing your thoughts on using Flipgrid for collaboration and gaining a deeper understanding of each others learning. It will also be a fun new way to see our Cohort in action!

Have a great week!