Chapters 5 &6: "Who Owns The Learning"
For students to become global learners, they need to embrace global empathy and be able to appreciate and understand others point of view. To be a global collaborator and communicator there is a need for them to understand the internet searches and the source of information. Students need to learn to take control of the technologies that they are using. "It’s important to remember that we can’t broaden our perspective if we let technology do our thinking for us. Teaching students a sophisticated use of search-engine technology is just one step in developing their skills at critical thinking." p. 72
Garth continues: “ Mike and I are just kind of playing, We're taking risks every year. What can we do now?” p. 84 As teachers we need to take risks and be innovative by knowing our students and engaging them in real life learning tasks. As mentioned in the project when students added cartooning , videos and visual images, they were developing higher thinking and critical skills.
Teachers and students need to dive into the process of learning experiences that evolve around real learning tasks by reflecting, analyzing, creating and applying new experiences throughout the process. Michael agrees, “The kids are realizing that learning is a natural process of life.” p. 85
Technology is beyond being just a tool it has opened a culture of change in teaching and learning. What technology has done it has opened up the collaboration of the learning process. In order for this process to be successful, students need to be contributors and collaborators of the process. They become co-creators of all expectations by co-constructing criteria of the learning tasks for ownership and application of the process. Accepting the sharing of the thinking and reflecting on others’ learning is key to success throughout the process .
Every year through twitter I search for French classroom global collaborators I hope to pursue finding collaborators before the start of the school year.
I am looking forward to my new learning with my students and to continue building a collaborative learning culture by sharing and reflecting globally than just the school board community.
My students filled out a Google form reflecting on our learning experiences this past year:
- Global Initiatives through Free The Children and attending Me To We day have left a great impact on their lives
- Exciting to have blogged about the initiatives and having Global audience viewing their activities
- Appreciated collaborative learning, daily reflections and using many tools for capturing their learning
- Leadership opportunities in participating in many school events.
- Being a friend more than a teacher
- Giving feedback and not being graded during the learning process.
- Independent curiosity blocks not related to the curriculum
I will continue to learn with my students and hoping to flatten my classroom walls for a global audience. Twitter has also contributed to my professional learning as I am presently following many sessions from around the world and reflecting on discussions presented by global learners. Thank you for this great opportunity #cyberpd.