Valerie Irvine teaches our Technology and Innovation class. She’s a big proponent of student led learning and has applied this methodology to our class. It’s a great opportunity to practice the approach first hand, before we attempt it with our own students.
Drawing from “connectivism” as a learning theory, Irvine challenged us as students to guide our own learning this semester according to the learning goals outlined below.
Develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to
- Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
- Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments
- Model digital-age work and learning
- Promote and model digital-age citizenship and responsibility
- Engage in professional growth and leadership
While she will be walking us through a variety of tech tools during class time and we are expected to pursue our own “passion project” throughout the term, the layout of this class has mostly been left up to us to develop. Below, I’ve outlined my vision for how I will meet the learning goals outlined above.
- Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity: I plan to meet this learning goal via my passion project (which I will expand on in a future blog post). I’d love to get to a point in my own teaching where students could be deeply involved in their own learning, but want to model this method before I apply it to my own students. I also plan on assisting my classmates with tools I may be more familiar with (in this case, WordPress).
- Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments: I will write an assignment outline and assessment rubric to accompany my passion project. While I personally hope British Columbia continues its move away from the traditional grading system, I realize that I may be forced to grade creative works throughout my career. Ideally this will allow me to practice giving students creative license in the classroom, while also meeting curriculum and grading guidelines.
- Model digital-age work and learning: I’ll be posting weekly blog posts for this course dedicated to reviewing tools we’ve explored in class and/or outlining my progress on my passion project.
- Promote and model digital-age citizenship and responsibility: Throughout this semester I want to sort through my own internet presence to prepare a professional digital footprint. This will involve filtering my social media accounts (adjusting my privacy settings, deciding on what kind of lines I want to draw between personal and professional media accounts, etc) and developing this blog as a resource for myself and other educators.
- Engage in professional growth and leadership: I plan to attend EdCamp Vic and establish a more involved presence in the communities of educators on Twitter.