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TOOLS AND WEBSITES"
Session 3: Baggio, Clark, and dervin.
- Note key ideas you drew from each author and why they were significant to your thinking about where to go next. How might these ideas influence your journey to addressing your driving question.
- What do you think your big driving question is now?
- What are your new “need-to-knows”?
I love quotes and this quote stood out to me: "All thoughts are forms of energy that are influenced by emotions
How you feel affects everything."
One way I might want to steer my research is in the direction of affective learning. Baggio opened my eyes to something other than cognitive learning. This is the first time that I have been cognitively aware of what affective and conative learning is. I suppose I am not alone, because Weebly just tried to auto correct "conative" for "cognitive".
If one of my student is in "La-La land" or "Angry at the world Land", than it will be hard for any learning to be done. The emotions of a student has to be established to create an environment that is conducive for learning.
How it applies to a bigger picture and where I may want to go next is by investigating how affective and conative learning strategies affect student learning? I have heard of Meta cognitive awareness, but I have never heard of Meta Affective Awareness nor Meta Conative Awareness. I would love to learn more about the affective and conative side of learning and how it applies to student academic achievement.
My need to knows are: what research has already been done on affective and conative learning? How can affective learning strategies increase student learning?
I had a couple big takeaways from Clark. One takeaway is that "It is a common but unrealistic expectation that technical experts should develop and deliver effective classroom instruction..."
As clark suggests, the main focus should not be on technology but the pedagogy. This reminds me of the discussion we had in our other class this semester about what is more important on the TPACK model: Pedagogy, Technology, or Content. In my opinion, I think pedagogy is the most important key to student learning, which is what Clark alluded to in his book. As Clark wrote in his book, "It is not the media that impacts instructional effectiveness. Only by using effective instructional methods can we harness this delivery channel effectively."
How it applies to a bigger picture and where I may want to go next is by investigating what are the best teaching strategies (pedagogy) I need to implement in order to have students have optimum success at creating digital stories?
My need to knows are: What strategies have I employed that I know already work? What strategies have I not tried yet, but may be key to helping my students create digital stories?
It's not that I don't value technology and the technological expertise of someone. In fact, I feel that there are an infinite amount of technological tools that I would love to teach my second grade students beyond Animoto, which is the only Web 2.0 tool that I have taught them. I would love to teach them some other great Web 2.0 programs such as Powtoon. The difficult part is finding the time to be trained on some of these tools.
Clark talks about how each year organizations waste 60 billion dollars on training. Often the content in the training is important but as Clark points out, " While the content is important, many technical instructors never get beyond (delivering)...massive dumps of technical data." He goes on to say, "Many times training is a wasted event, in that the learners are unable to do anything new or different as a result. Or if they can do new and different things, these things don't translate into job performance improvement." I have had my fair share of wasted training. I also have had training that left me performing just as well or worse prior to the training.
How it applies to a bigger picture and where I may want to go next is by figuring out what are the best technological programs for teaching digital storytelling and how to obtain the practical training to ensure it is not a waste of time?
My need to knows are how to obtain training that will not bankrupt my wallet? In other words, are there grants, scholarships, or organizations like NapaLearns who could financially help pay for the training? Also, does my school district support the use of the digital tool? For example, my students can't do Animoto on our school's Chromebooks because there is a district wide setting on Chromebooks that inhibits students from using programs like Animoto.
After re-visiting Dervin and the Dervin video about her writing, I came to one shining key idea, which is incredibly significant to my thinking about where to go next. The same idea that popped out to me in her writing popped out to me (in text) from the Dervin video, which was: "Human use of information and information systems needs to be studied from the perspective of the actor, not from the perspective of the observer".
Information and information systems is everything in today's world. Almost, if not all, important billion dollar tech companies in the Bay Area are centered around information and information systems. If you can figure out the perspective of the actor you have won half of the marketing battle. The only difference between a marketer and an educator is that a marketer is trying to have the end user buy something whereas the educator is trying to have the end user learn something. Either way, you have to look through the lens of the buyer/student and not the seller/teacher.
How it applies to a bigger picture and where I may want to go next is by seeing the my student's learning through their eyes.
My need to knows are: How can I see my student's learning through their eyes? What does "learning through my student's eyes" look like? For example, am I sitting next to me students observing them how they transgress through informational systems as I take notes on their learning? Am I conducting interviews with them or having them answer questionnaires specified to my research?