Quote: "Our ability to produce, consume, and distribute knowledge in an unlimited, unfiltered, and immediate way is the primary reason for the changes we see today." PG. 51 A New Culture of Learning
It is undeniable that the world is changing but many are still wondering why and how? The quote summarizes the changes we are seeing in society facilitated by new technology. New technology fosters immediate spread of information that creates a new culture and a new way of learning.
Question: Do we need to build supports and strategies for our students to utilize a fast paced technology? Or do the students already know how to keep pace since this is the pace they were born into?
Connection: In the educational field we are experiencing this new culture of learning; where information is spread like wild fire and without a filter. EDSS530 tries to bridge the old school with the new school of learning. The assignments have a basic objective but the true objective is to produce, consume and distribute knowledge at a rapid pace.
Aha: This chapter highlighted the weaknesses that the old culture of learning has in this new culture. Old school style worked at the same pace of information, where information needed to be submitted, reviewed, and then published. This process could take days or even years but with new technology information that was published over a year ago is considered outdated.
Quote: "A blogger is not writing to an audience; he is facilitating the construction of an interpretive community." Pg 66 A New Culture of Learning
Question: How can I bridge the gap between old school viewers (admin, teachers and parents) and new school users (students) in creating a collective utilizing blogs?
Connection: Although the use of twitter and hashtags attempted the construction of an interpretive community in EDSS530, I feel as though that community was established in the CSUSMEDU15 Google Plus community. The community allowed the users to create, share and comment on information that can have benefit to our profession.
Aha: The aha moment was realizing the purpose of blogs. For years, I thought blogs were just a personal journal space where people shared their own views. However, I have learned the blogs are the creation of micro-niches that are supported with the sharing of information.
Quote: "In the digital world, we learn by doing, watching and experimenting." Pg. 76
Question: How to create lessons that allow students to learn by doing, watching and experimenting?
Connection: In Clinical Practice, teacher candidates are presented with the same approach. Teacher candidates no only watch their cooperating teacher, but experiment with lessons and teaching strategies. Teacher candidates are constantly working, experimenting and assessing lessons, units and teaching strategies. The clinical practice program facilitates this 21st century style of learning.
Aha: In A New Culture of Learning, there is an emphasis on how students are learning versus what students are learning. NCLB created a generation of zombies that were unable to think and more importantly unable to learn. To counteract the detriment of NCLB, there is a refocus on how students are learning. Although many are concerned with the what students are learning, the educational focus is to develop life long learners. Putting a focus on life long learning, creates an emphasis on the ability to learn knowledge and relearn, which places less concern on what the knowledge is but the ability to learn it.