I was unable to participate in MOOC MOOC yesterday as I had a full day visiting with family. While I managed to fit in some reading in the evening, I didn’t have the time to complete the task. Therefore, I got up early this morning, finished writing a post reflecting on Day Two, and then began work on Day Three’s activity.
We were given a video to watch and then asked to make our own, responding to the question: ‘Where does learning happen?’
I enjoyed the task as it gave me the opportunity to share a number of ideas that I have been ruminating on for several months now; influenced by the focus of my research proposal for the M.Ed I am studying towards.
I don’t feel too bad about not being able to participate fully yesterday, as I feel MOOCs are as much about plotting your own path as they are about networks and collaboration. I hope to get involved in a discussion about participant pedagogy today, as that is what we have been tasked with, but I will just see what the day brings. I have collated a number of articles about connectivism and my immediate plan is to sit and read those next. The learning is messy but I am managing to create order from the chaos.
Yesterday evening, while I was participating in Year 10 Parents Evening, a fantastic set of educators convened on Clevedon School for TeachMeet Clevedon. Organised by the inimitable Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist), the event was packed full of innovative and thought provoking talks. You can watch a number of these presentations on the TeachMeet Clevedon YouTube channel.
Unable to attend the event, I recorded a video, presenting the work I have been doing with Google Docs to enhance Assessment for Learning. (Point of note, for someone who suffers from perfectionism, presenting live is so much easier than recording something in advance.)
Slides (Click on the cog for download options)
You can read my M.Ed research here: Does the collaborative functionality of Google Docs allow educators to better put formative assessment at the heart of their students’ learning?
A series of blog posts about my experiences, using Google Docs in the classroom, can be found here:
Part 1: Signing Up
Part 2: Collaboration
Part 3: Assessment
Part 4: What’s Next?
All of my work is published under a creative commons licence. You are free to use and share it, all I ask is that you acknowledge me as the source. Feedback is always welcome.
When I was an art student I could lose myself for hours sitting at the potter’s wheel. This video truly captures the tranquility of the creative act.
Artist: Sue Paraskeva
Video created by: Jamie Isbell
Music: Chihei Hatakeyama
On Tuesday 31st January, I delivered a (virtual) presentation on AFL & Google Docs at TeachMeet Roehampton. The video is now available and can be viewed below.
The slides I used and related links can be found here: AFL & Google Docs [Presentation]
The event offered a diverse range of excellent presentations, including one which caused me to reevaluate my feelings about ‘snail mail’ – thanks Andy!
You can check out the rest of the presentations on the
TeachMeet Roehampton blog.
Thanks to Miles Berry (@mberry) and Andy Hoang (@andytgeezer) for organising such an informative and entertaining TeachMeet.
HD video cameras are ubiquitous and cheap, there is no excuse.
Capture. Watch. Reflect and Evaluate. Improve.