Once again I am inspired by the conversation encouraged from the people at the National Writing Project and The Connected Learning site . I received my email newsletter, The National Writing Project Daily, and found the link to the live webinar discussion of “CONNECTING TO SOMETHING BIGGER: THE POWER OF OPEN, PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING.”
I’ve been participating in The NWP and Department of Education Connected Educator Month through webinars, twitter chats ( #literacies, #edtechchat), and various learning communities. My participation is usually lurking and learning, extending ideas in chats in webnars and twitter as I can. And you should too. Everyone has an idea or strategy that may help a collegue in some way. And that is the best reason to participate: to share.
I’m just a middle school language arts teacher, but I still “know stuff,” [The Postman] and so do you. Pehaps it’s a grouping strategy to encourage student intereactions, perhaps it’s a unit developed for the new Common Core State Standards, or maybe it’s a lesson on sentence fluency. Those questions are out there — and your help through your connections on twitter, nings, Google Plus communities [ Connected Learning and National Writing Project, Pinterest, Diigo, etc. build the knowledge of the world. Imagine. We are all connected. And together we have answers.
Start small. Here are a few ideas from the webinar participants:
Invitations to do right away
Paul Allison — students — listening to what students do on computers; pay attention;
Kristen — dip your toe in connected world — edcamp wiki; free and everyone is welcome
Greg McVerry and Tellio: ds106 headless blog
onewheeljoe: I think the power of the HOMAGO work is that it intentionally puts youth at the center. That begins by noticing a kid’s work and encouraging them to share it openly.
And some suggestions for the classroom:
Kristen: Let things get messy; classroom design — make it so students can interact with each other, not just one way to teacher
Paul Allison: Once you start working this way, curriculum becomes asynchronous; get curriculum online
curate, collect, stuff online
kids need a map — what’s next
Paul Oh: have a pedagogical understanding of what connected learners, co-learners, means. How are learners learning today? Develop personal learning networks and be open, in publics to share. [ Learn about Connected Learning here. ]
OneWheelJoe: Digital citizenship is about behavior and conduct, while connected learner speaks to potential.
Gail: Learn how to step aside.
Finally, by joining in and even by reading this post, you are what Paul Oh suggests:
Paul Oh: Great to be part of this movement and great conversation.
Take a deep breath.
Let it go.
Grab a cup of coffee
or Evening in Missoula tea,
Enter your search
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Take time to lurk
Let ideas in.
Grab a suggestion
or give one back.
Also Published at Digital Is, Sheri Edwards