Session Description: Have we as teachers changed as learners?


A conversation with Will Richardson and Nancy White about igniting learning in our selves and others. Come chew on some juicy questions, reflecting on our own ways of learning and how they influence our teaching online. What is the circle of learning and teaching in today’s wired world?

Pictures of our table notes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/choconancy/sets/72157600752098623/

Question 1: How have you changed as a learner as a result of your use of networked technologies?

Trying to create logs to go beyond content
Spend time teaching students learning how to use technology (takes time otherwise directed to content)
No longer tied to bricks and mortar-they can learn it anywhere
This breaks out to make content more exciting and interesting to students.
How much time checking network technology: half hour plus a day
Go to web for personal/professional interests/networking (best practices/VW/TV watching/gardening, etc.)
Real interest in developing virtual community of learners
whole approach to library searching/information searching has changed
communicating with students freely
some problems: tech problems hamper speakers (no chalkboards, now smart boards, etc.etc.)
distance between experts and novices are diminishing-can dialogue with experts (been surprised by getting email replies)
can learn NOW when motivated (can determine good resources)
a more traditional knowledge base does inform assessing quality/credible sources
asking students to find sponsoring source of a site (to determine credibility)
no longer are sources credible because written down
big issue: net traveling-do we charge more for the way you access information
You have as much validity as another--can we measure against criteria
(should everyone be involved? concerns about "lurkers"? In terms of what you participate in, not here to breed mediocrity)
information overload issue
information literacy components
Using different sources to confirm ideas or beliefs instead of just one source. Take for example how we learn about human reproduction...as kids we went to someone and got crazy answers and we keep going until we hopefully get the "right" answer...with the Internet, we have to teach that too...what's reliable?
Finding information faster is more fun and exciting. But faster can be worse...summarized and bullet points. Lack of depth is a challenge. The nuance of language is disappearing.
Frustrated with the speed of information.
We have become more selective on what we spend our time on.
We've become impatient...which has come from accessibility and quick access to information.
  • Been able to watch and listen to Will online over the past couple of years (podcasts)! SM

Question 2: What networked technologies/practices are you pursing as a learner/educator? What is your learning agenda?

Collaboration---working with others outside my sphere.
All the different media--audio, video etc.--they enrich my learning.
Slow down from coming to solutions or conclusions.
What to remember, save, store retrieve, etc.

Obviously, the ability to engage in multi sensory, multiiple media simultaneously and virtually anywhere is a key in out change in use 's of networked technologies. I'm trying to balance some of what we heard in yesterday's keynote indicating research that some multiple sensory materials in a learning object did not necessarily increase learning.
However I see my kids with CNN showing multiple screens, at the same time on the cell phone and the internet, working on one project