Posted in the Bryan cohort’s virtual learning community, this video caught the attention of many in the cohort and prompted some serious thinking.
Members grappled with Wesch’s message and the realities of everyday teaching in a standardized testing environment:
How do I translate this into higher AP Calculus scores (a test that they must perform rigorous tasks in a very structured environment)? –Mike McCarley
With being challenged and changing habits:
This was powerful and is basically summing up everything that this technology cadre is all about – educators not being the dispensers of knowledge, but the facilitators that work to empower students with the tools necessary to create their own meaningful footprint in the world.
As I strive to make assignments more meaningful, student-driven, technology-based, with global connections, I find myself having less time to complete other job related tasks – completing reports, grading, making parent contacts, etc. But I keep chugging along…. –Patricia Bailey-Jones
Responding to its emotional impact:
Wow! What a power message; it reaches so many different places inside me it’s hard to know where to start. I think the one thing that hit me the hardest was when Michael was talking about how easy it is to create, collaborate, and share with the multitude of technologies we have today, but just because we have all this it doesn’t really make it as easy as it seems. –Courtney Pratt
And thinking on learning with students:
I really don’t think our students grasp the impact that they are capable of having on the world. The majority takes technology for granted and shrug off the advantages it provides. Just like internet responsibility, I think we need to help our student learn how to use media and other tools to have an impact.
The more “real world” examples we can bring into the classroom, the better. The more students see the use for the information they are learning, the better. –Rebecca Dominy
Thinking, asking, considering a new learning landscape
An ending and a beginning
On a professional learning journey
Now hinting at, later engaging in the possibilities
And I, requesting here, honoring there, appreciating each thinking effort, intentionally failing to supply answers as these dedicated educators seek to navigate the “messy” waters of PLP and 21st century learning, sense their sincere yearning for something better for their students. With that yearning, their questions, and their willingness to share, I know we’ll see some shifting and with that shifting, empowerment and then possibilities becoming realities for them and for their students–
Lani Ritter Hall
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