you’ve got a device that’s easy to carry around (tablet, smartphone)
It’s beneficial because:
opportunities are everywhere
it’s an informal and spontaneous way to learn
makes learning more personal and authentic
Here’s an example…my iPhone has a pretty good camera for taking photos. It’s with me all the time and takes up little space. I have apps that enable me to add text to a series of photos, pin them to a map, share with others and upload to an archive.
The image above was shot with my mobile device. It’s a weed, a humble dandelion. Not only does it look amazing through a macro lens, but it has a fascinating history. By using the internet I’ve discovered that dandelions have been around for 30 million years and are used in coffee, salads, sandwiches and wine making. They’ve also been used for medicinal purposes and their seeds are easily spread by animals. The public domain image found on Wikipedia helps me to identify different parts of the dandelion life cycle.
I can contribute to a Citizen Science project by uploading photos to the Atlas of Living Australia. Contributing to Australia’s biodiversity knowledge is a wonderful learning outcome.
The mobile phone is a capable content consuming, creating and sharing device.
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of presenting 2 workshops for the Teacher Learning Network, at their annual conference for Casual Relief Teachers.
I was to talk about “Creating an Online Digital Portfolio” with a group of teachers who need and deserve much respect and support. Being my first conference presentation I felt a little nervous. At different stages during my 2 hour presentations relief swept over me for different reasons. Here’s what happened.
Encourage Discussions and Share Experiences
We began with the mandatory “getting to know you” task where I asked people to share…
their favourite/most successful activity to do with kids when no work is left
their most memorable CRT experience
I was relieved to be immersed in a lively discussion about fun activities and stories of survival under the most difficult circumstances. There was engagement rather than silence.
This BBC video stimulated lively discussions about handling challenging students.
Have a Laugh Having a giggle at “The Paperless Future of Emma” helped me deliver the message of what’s happening in schools…the pressure to go digital. Laughter is excellent for relieving stress.
Sure enough, present at a conference about IT and there’s bound to be challenging moments with connectivity. I experienced off the scale relief when my iPhone smoothly eased into the role of WiFi Hotspot.
Watch your Tech Talk The CRT’s had a range of experiences with technology at the schools they worked in. For some, everything was new and confusing. By showing empathy towards their situation, it was a relief to experience their willingness to learn new ways of doing things.
Share Ideas and Solutions From any professional development session people expect to leave with something useful to apply to their work. Pre-empting a request for ideas, examples and handouts for how to get started with a digital portfolio, I was relieved to have something to offer.
How do you prepare for a conference and find relief from your nerves?
Rob Sbaglia is an innovative teacher working in Victoria, Australia. He’s passionate about pushing his students to think creatively, to be self directed learners and global collaborators. Rob’s initiative, The Global School, “provides the opportunity for schools to connect with each other around the world – authentically”. Come along and listen to Rob as he takes us through his journey of developing The Writers Club, Global Maths and Global Science…The Global School.
What makes a good online community? There are plenty of them to join, but is there something common to the Communities of Practice that people keep returning to for conversation? Is it the topics discussed, the platform format, an obscure “feeling”, the people that drop in, leadership, etiquette…?
Nothing special in terms of e-bling tonight as I’ve been away, but it’s an interesting topic that I’d love to throw out there for debate.
Please join us for the Australia e-Series Community Connect session at 8pm tonight (GMT + 11) and share your ideas.