Quote: “What happens to learning when we move from the stable infrastructure of the twentieth century to the fluid infrastructure of the twenty-first century, where technology is constantly creating and responding to change?” This is the main question I feel has been driving this class throughout the semester.
Question: What can we salvage from our existing system that might also be beneficial in a new, twenty-first century school system?
Connection: I think that the piece on Scratch connected nicely to other content. In the prerequisite EDU 422 class, we learned how to use Scratch as a part of a unit on computational thinking. We’ve touched on this topic in several of our classes, and I think that sort of problem-solving skill is invaluable in today’s world.
Epiphany/Aha: I think that while online learning is becoming more and more common, it’s important to acknowledge multiple learning styles. Everything we’ve read has focused on helping students who would learn much better with technology, but it’s important to keep in mind that some students (myself included) do best face to face, with more rigid structures to keep us on track.
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Chapter Two: A Tale of Two Cultures.
Quote: “The entire point of the experiment is to allow the culture to reproduce in an uninhibited, completely organic way, within the constraints of medium and environment- and then see what happens.” This really shows the trend in modern education emphasizing moving away from the rigid structures of old, and letting students take more direct ownership of their learning.
Question: What physical changes should we make the structure of schools to make sure we’re supporting this new culture of learning?
Connection: We had an assignment in Pat’s class that set us to design our dream school, and I learned a lot about how the physical structure of schools can influence the nature of the learning that takes place within?
Epiphany/Aha: What kind of “aha” moment did the chapter inspire? How does it relate to your practice as an educator and/or leader? (You can downgrade the “epiphany” to an “aha” or a “hmn” if you didn’t have a true epiphany in the chapter)
Chapter Three: Embracing Change
Quote: “Information technology has become a participatory medium, giving rise to an environment that is constantly being changed and reshaped by the participation itself.” This, to me, really fits into the context of everything we’ve learned. Technology is advancing, and the ways we interact with technology have also changed.
Question: With so many people calling for so many different changes, how can we commit to one aspect of change while still being open to others, even when they might be mutually exclusive?
Connection: I was reminded of the “Visitor-Resident” video, because this quote seems to tie nicely into that argument.
Epiphany/Aha: The problem with 20th century solutions is not that they don’t work; rather, it’s that they work far too slowly given the breakneck pace of modern life.