29 December 2012

The Learning Life

Time and time again. Another year hurries to its end;  another semester, hanging in a  flickering limbo of  holiday celebrations, is a time for  students to prepare for their final exams. 

Far from my teaching environment, I look through another culture with eyes of awe and respect. Learning theories, winter colours, gleaming mountains, differing classrooms, all connect in a quiet lull of thought and questioning.

And then there are the children. The children who I watch as they draw their world, not always entirely sure of the power that paper and coloured crayons can bring to them. 

Children playing to learn their future roles.

Desire to play as a child and create as only a child can, left out of their regular days. 

Throughout this blog, I share tools and thoughts for digital learning, however, how much learning actually requires digital tools? 

Just as the Annapura and Goddess Range stare at me, forcing me into internal inquiries, issues of learning raise their complex head. 

This world of discovering crayons and white silken paper is a far cry from the educational world I inhabit. While I consider possible bridges of the two worlds, which I increasingly learn about and from, I know I must re-focus on my students' world of learning.

 Below is an infographic, published by Study Blue, reflecting the learning life of modern students - students, whose profiles are of another world than the one I currently am researching. 

An inside look at the habits of the modern student. [Infographic]

As I think of my other world where I am an active educational practioner, I cannot but help recall how learners need regular reminding of their digital citizenship. Copyright and Schools is a great site for both learners and teachers, guiding them through the maze of rights regarding music, movies, books and websites. By clicking on each item, clearly explained information pops up, offering advice regarding copyright practices. 

How do you teach learners about copyright?

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Lastly, may 2013 be a wondrous year, a happy year of learning, teaching, sharing, of empathy towards to all. 

8 December 2012

Students and Technology

As 2012 draws to its end, I look back and consider the changes made, the changes still to be made. It was certainly the year of MOOCs and Audrey Watters' Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012:MOOCs is a post to read and reflect on. It's been a year of regular inquiry into blended learning, network learning and the quest for iPads to solve all educational problems. 

Rather than making predictions for 2013 or lamenting what was not achieved in 2012, I'd like to pose a question: based on the information of this infographic below, how much applies to your educational context? Is there anything that surprises you?

Undergraduate Students & Technology
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Whether you are in favour of integrating more or less digital technology in your educational context, 2013 will certainly bring another round of educational changes and quests.

For all those who celebrate the Christmas Season, may it be happy and peaceful!

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