6. What are your favoured social networking tools? And why?
A: I have last month been 100% absorbed by the Mediawiki developed by WikiEducator, the community develop pedagogicaltemplates that allows users to build collaborative wikis, record audio/video, screen-cast demonstration and even syndicate implement RSS-feeds. The WikiEducator also integrate the eXe (=eLearning XHTML editor) for eLearning content. To me the why has to be illustrated in how we can use these tools for Innovative Teaching(i.e. didactics). I’m inspired by the ‘The Flipped Classroom Model’ (Find out more on The Flipped Class Revisited) and have experimented with ‘video homework’ & ‘collaborative writing’ among students, but in my future the 21st century role of teachers is more like a performance. How do we use social networking tools to illustrate examples and visualize how knowledge is connected (i.e. model & demonstrate)? Will we be Homo Sapiens Augmentalis, with computer-generated intelligence amplification?
7. I see you have signed up for DS106 how do you think this will expand your learning?
A: On the personal side I’ve used social media successfully for a long time and in DS106 I’m facing the challenge to develop ‘expert skills’ in Social Media & Open Education. The administrator Jim Groom is promoting Gardner Campbell’s ideas on ePortfolios (mine is on Nixty) and ‘Personal Cyberinfrastructure’ (my course sandbox) in order to create ‘Digital Fluency’. This is what happens when knowledge is fluid and without central core, the ‘context’ or ‘learning ecology’ become complex. I’m interested in the Edupunk and ‘do it yourself’ attitude, instead dystopia we should funnel creativity and create ‘Rainbows and Unicorns’.
8. Looking at your blog I see that you are ‘investigating how we become more independent learners by better understanding individual learning styles and identifying strategies which facilitate learning’ can you share a few thoughts about your goal? “What are some developing ideas you are exploring?
A: Gardner’s Theory of ‘multiple intelligences’ was a main part of my initial ‘student-centered’ teacher training. As an adult learner, I’ve identified my own learning style as the ‘Global Learner’. We learn in large jumps, absorbing material almost randomly without seeing connections, and then suddenly – ‘getting it’. In the webzine ‘The Educator Prophet’, my idea is to make drawings of concepts to demonstrate mental images. The ideas I’m exploring at the moment is how knowledge is represented as a performance, what Stephen Downes labels ‘Post-Linguistic and Sub-Symbolic’. One turn-key insight for me was that someone with Expert Skills can find patterns between and traverse different concepts and knowledge domains (i.e. salient properties of an entity). He or she can also demonstrate and validate this knowledge in a ‘Community of Practitioners’ as a performance. These thought are explored in the EduToolkit course on the Peer-2-Peer University and will also lead to assessment-badges for a ‘Certified Networked Teacher’.
I now have ‘green light’ for Open Badges on P2PU. This will be listed as a ‘Challenge’ and will be ready for participation 16/4 – 4/5. By fulfilling the Challenge requirements participations will gain the badge ‘Certified Networked Teacher’. In the end of April I will also be e-mentoring within ‘Teachers Without Borders’ (TWB) and support the the participants to complete the online Certificate of Teaching Mastery program (CTM).
During Change11 I’ve realized humans are connected entities that learn in a networks, not cognitive entities that find meaning to symbols of a formal language.
(Balchik’s Marina on the Black Sea Coast)