Welcome to Week 4! If you feel like I do then you feel like this course is flying by! I have been continually impressed by the quality of your work and how thoughtful you have all been when considering educational technology frameworks and new pedagogies, and how they can translate practically to your classrooms. Here are a few examples of how you have fostered deeper learning by forming learning partnerships with your students:
“In our writing classes, we always co-construct our criteria for success for a unit we are working on. This involves time spent with the students looking at mentor texts, deciding on a real-world audience for their work (within the school, parents, class, etc), and then brainstorming what a good piece of writing would look like. “
“All learning partnerships between the students and myself were based first, on the premise that they were most probably more technologically savvy than me and they could teach me and I could learn more from them! Needless to say, this made them very excited!”
“The students were given Independence to choose a topic of interest and inquire about it. The students develop their own timetables, they reached out to experts (often relying on the skills and knowledge of others in our school community) and shared their understandings.”
It is wonderful to see so many examples of how learning partnerships allow for greater student agency and genuine curiosity. By co-learning with students, we are allowing students to take a central role in their learning and furthering their ownership over the process.
Unleashing Deep Learning
This week you will be exploring the idea that technology alone does not promote learning. You’ll reflect on the ways in which technology supports deeper learning and how you might personalize learning experiences to accommodate learner differences. When you go through the readings you’ll also want to find commonalities and connections to the ISTE Standards we are focusing on for this course:
5.a. Educators use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
5.b. Educators design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active deep learning.
The Connection between Technology and the Courageous Classroom
In the Brene Brown SXSW video, she talks about The Four Pillars of Courage and how “a daring classroom is a place where both teachers and students commit to choosing courage over comfort.” According to Brown, courage can be developed if these four pillars are present:
- Clarity of Values
- Rising Skills (The ability to get back up when we fall)
How might technology support this mindset? How does/might your practice, and the tools you use, promote the choice of courage over comfort? In Brené Brown: The Call To Courage, she discusses the five ways we can be courageous and one of them resonated with me as a key factor in the risk-taking often associated with the use of new technologies: embracing discomfort. When we welcome failure and find the value in discomfort we will be willing to try new things. By modelling this as teachers, and being partners in learning something new, we are showing students we have courage. I am curious to see your thoughts on some of the ways we might foster deeper learning through the modelling of courage in our classrooms, and how technology might play a role.
This week you will be writing a reflective blog post about content and concepts from the week. Please see the essential questions posted in the My Courses assignment Tab for guidance on some of the themes you might want to consider.
By the end of this week you should:
- Have 4 blog posts completed and linked in your gradesheet
- Have 4 comments linked in your gradesheet
- Continue working on your Course 4 final project
- Be thinking about your Course 5 project and how you might get the process started now.
You’ve almost finished the integrated Google for Education Training! What steps do you need to take in order to become a Google Education Trainer? How might we support you?
You should work through Unit 2 of Google for Education’s Advanced Training: Leverage Learning Models to Personalize Learning. How might the concepts from your COETAIL courses support you in personalizing learning for your students and colleagues? How might you use SAMR to guide professional development that you design?