Is Technology a "Home Language" for Learners?

I respond to a wonderful set of research from Peter Elbow brought up by Paul Allison that discusses how home languages can be better understood and used in the classroom. Paul (and I in this video) make the case that technology and online spaces can be thought of as a home language for our learners.

Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlcyzPdH380 (careful, he is jogging, so it might be a bit disorienting)

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Reclaiming Blended Learning

Inspired by Kevin Honeycutt, I wanted to dig deeply in what Blended Learning is and what it can become. Also, I share a story of my own Blended Learning.

Please share your story of how you are actively reclaiming Blended Learning.

Kevin’s Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTxI0kjDFqI
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I was able to share the work of this community with a number of Educators from the Douglas County School district…

I was able to share the work of this community with a number of Educators from the Douglas County School district yesterday, and I made a video response from that experience.

I wonder if you would agree with my position that we need to have our own spaces for learning before we try to establish a community space.

Just so you can get to know a few of the folks that were in the room last night, I will mention them here: Kim McMonagle, Sohne Van Selus, Lynn Smith, Donna Goodwin, Bob Madden, and Marci Boatwright

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbts0wsBWcg

Which Learning Space Do You Own?

After having a great conversation with a number of educators from the Douglas County School District, I did a lot of reflection on why so many communities that we start seem to die shortly after their birth. This video is what I came up with for an answer.

Let’s make sure that whenever we are setting up a new community space for learners (including adult learners) that we have first have allowed them to set up a space to call their own.

Google Doc from the meeting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hCsNNdz5fHbA1-OgMcvHMC_1UY7jbReNX_WFLb0rdto/edit

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If you have a few minutes, you should really watch the True Stories of Open Sharing from Alan Levine. Each one of…

If you have a few minutes, you should really watch the True Stories of Open Sharing from Alan Levine. Each one of them is equally amazing in terms of how the simple act of sharing has changed their approach to learning and what is possible within Education. 

I would encourage you to also share your True Story of Open Sharing with Alan if you have one. It is an ongoing project, and the more people that share these stories, the more people will understand the power of collaboration. 

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDYiiVgwnVx4ab7ZGw89lYy_jqeTiDg-F

Choosing Those Who Sit Across From You

I was pretty excited about Scott McLeod and Angela Maiers doing a video response to my question over the weekend (http://youtu.be/3H8pPTn9jK4), but there were two things that really resonated with me:

1. Role-Alike networks (rather than Job-Alike networks)
2. Choosing those who you would like to learn with

Let’s do more of both.

Video from Scott and Angela: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdFb_sMcqlI
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Just finished writing up my process for mapping out all of the responses to the “What would you do as a Director of…

Just finished writing up my process for mapping out all of the responses to the “What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning” video (What would you do as a Director of Blended Learning?) using Fusion Tables. I am loving me some geolocated visualization.

https://learningischange.com/blog/2013/02/12/mapping-a-network/