Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Who Owns The Learning

I am finally catching up to the #cyperpd2013 Chapters 1&2 of "Who Owns The Learning" by Alan November.

Alan November focuses on authentic tasks in which students encounter success and work harder to achieve. November refers to “The Digital Learning Farm” is the use of technologies for more active participation and to give more ownership in the educational process.Where students are contributors and students acquire more skills that will motivate them to collaborate and connect globally.Technology enhances the power of collaboration and students work together in a classroom community and global community.bringing the world into the classroom.
November stresses on the importance of autonomy/ownership of learning giving students a purpose that improves their learning outcomes. When students design their learning the teacher is able to spend more quality time conferencing with students and understanding their learning styles.  

Students will be motivated not only to share learning with their teacher and classmates as well to share their learning with a global audience. November give examples of students creating tutorials explaining class topics that generate creative and an innovative learning experiences.

This an important shift in the classroom culture where teachers build a culture of collaborative respectful learning that is shared and reflected upon. This culture has to be set and adapted at the beginning of the year. Students need to co-construct criteria that leads to this collaborative learning environment.

It makes me reflect on my year how students value purposeful learning and continue with their inquiries & sharing learning after school and weekends on edmodo. Students gain confidence and grow stronger through the ownership and sharing of learning. Technology is a tool that captures learning and makes thinking visible. Through technology students are able to reflect, give feedback and collaborate and learn from others. Creating a culture of creative thinkers and reflectors through authentic tasks students will be engaged and will take pride in their purposeful learning that is shared and reflected upon it.

I am looking forward to reading and reflecting on the rest of the chapters. This is a pic-collage of some ios apps and Google Apps that I have used for collaborative learning and capturing thinking.


  1. Rola,

    Nice to have you join the #cyberpd conversation. The sentence in your post that really resonated with me was:

    Technology is a tool that captures learning and makes thinking visible.

    I totally agree and love the idea of making thinking visible.


  2. Thank you for your comment and I am enjoying being part of the #cyperpd and being able to reflect on learning with professionals. Looking forward to reading and reflecting on the next chapters.