Connected Educators Learn and Share in their PLN
Today’s #notatiste17 challenge is “Who is one person you continually learn from online?” If you are a connected educator, you couldn’t answer that with one person! If you are entering the connected world, you’re in for quite a ride of sharing and learning in various “neighborhoods” of the internet. Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, for example, all have different ways to connect: groups, hashtags, collections. Connected Educators, connected learners, engage face2face and online.
One of My Favorite Neighborhoods
Tthe CLmooc community [Twitter, Google Plus] provides endless connections and creative, critical conversations.
CLmooc means Connected Learning Massive Open Online Community, although I call it
Some #digciz thoughts:
— KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) June 25, 2017
— Wendy Taleo (@wentale) June 22, 2017
It’s a wonderful community whose “events” are now planned by volunteers, and every one is welcome!
Google Suite Help
Recently she wrote a great post about email dos and don’ts, especially:
Use a PDF or Web-based
Do NOT attach Word documents or any other program specific files. Assume your audience is diverse with their tech and may or may not have Office. Using a Google Doc set to “Anyone with the link can view” opens in a browser with no sign in required so that will work. Create a webpage instead of a Word attachment that does not require any logging in or special software. If you have to attach something, use a PDF since it’s universal to any device. It’s still better to provide something web-based than a PDF in my opinion since it doesn’t have to be downloaded.
I’ve received Microsoft Publisher documents that I can’t open and Word documents that don’t perfectly translate with Pages or Google Docs. Her advice is important.
Or Assessment Strategies [including a model of how to crowdsource ideas]. Google Documents / Slides / Sheets allow complete collaboration to develop ideas and plans. This is an example of how to use sheets for gathering lots of information from anyone.
Educator With Passion
These informal learning opportunities have taken an astronomical metaphorical leap due to social networking and ease of access of interest-based information via online means.
And here is information on the design process / universal design for learning, if you are considering a more passion-based, maker-space, student-centered classroom:
We hope the Design Thinking and UDL planning tool we developed helps you guide the design of learning activities that focus on STEM and STEAM and brings makerspaces into your classrooms.
In Depth Learning Blog
And one of my dear friends, who is presenting at ISTE, whom I have never met is Tracy Watanabe [Twitter @tracywatanabe]. Her work is so clear, applicable, and in-depth. Here is a post about Deeper Thinking and Depth of Knowledge
DOK Level 3 requires the question or task to have more than one acceptable answer. This is a shift for teachers to ask these questions and design these tasks, and it’s a shift for students because they are used to answering and waiting to see if they were “right”.
She followed that up with another post, after she found her charts floating around the internet:
This flowchart was created to help teachers in my former district categorize their own questions by DOK level, to look for patterns and trends, in order to set goals regarding their quest for deeper thinking. It was a flowchart that worked with many question patterns we commonly saw, but was not intended to be definitive.
Because she knows, as do Jackie, Alice, and CLmooc: life isn’t that simple.
So reach out and learn in your favorite neighborhood.