A shift in understanding…

Earlier today I was looking through my ‘camera roll’ on my smartphone and found a bunch of pictures that I had saved from a couple of months ago of what I predicted to be ‘the future learning spaces of the 21st century’. And boy have my predictions changed…

Prior to undertaking the online unit EDFD459: Learning Spaces, I understood the future of learning on a quite superficial level. I predicted that technologies would continue and continue to evolve and modernize and learning would no longer even have to take place in a typical school environment- everything would be driven by TECHNOLOGY.

In a way you could say my understandings were somewhat ignorant and oblivious to the ‘bigger picture’- our environment. I didn’t consider how our resources were not limitless and they would inevitably deplete, at the expense of our environment. I rarely thought about the endless benefits of learning THROUGH nature and working towards a sustainable future. Instead my vision was blurred by technology- children were indoors sitting on fancy futuristic furniture using fancy futuristic computers.

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I have really begun to see the future of education through a new lens. I now see children with their gumboots on getting muddy, digging and gardening, feeding animals, and learning about sustaining the earth. Yes we live in the ‘digital age’ but rather than using and abusing these resources and damaging our earth, educators can redirect learning to focus on sustainability by using (not depending on) technology as a tool to help achieve it. Technology is so powerful and can be so effective and engaging, so if used collaboratively and efficiently, I am hopeful that the ‘future of learning’ can ultimately improve our world.

I invite you all to visit my ‘page’ on Future Learning Spaces for more information on how the future of learning might look in the year 2063.

https://pstblogger03.wordpress.com/1960s-prefab-classroom-with-direct-access-to-the-yard/

Enjoy.

References:

Teachers Training International. (2013). Two Different Views Of The Classroom Of The Future? [Digital Image]. Retrieved from: http://teacherstraining.com.au/two-different-views-of-the-classroom-of-the-future/

Aligning the 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning with an Inquiry Unit of Work: ‘Sometimes I Feel…’ (F-2)

I have recently created a sample unit of work for year levels F-2. Without even realizing, while completing this task it seems that I have actually already attempted to merge particular aspects of the 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning (such as story sharing, land links and community links) into the unit of work to further enhance the prospective learning experiences.

The unit is called ‘Sometimes I feel…’ and focuses on children finding ways to appropriately and effectively manage and express their feelings, as well as be mindful of others’ and any actions that can negatively impact their feelings. In an attempt to align the 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning into this unit of work I have constructed a table, which clearly highlights how aspects of Indigenous perspectives to learning can be useful resources.

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References:

8 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing. 2009. Retrieved from http://8ways.wikispaces.com/

What is a PLN?

  • Acronym for Personal Learning Network
  • A network which enables access to a very open and broad kind of learning through the provision of resources through blogs, forums, websites and the sharing of information to individuals  with similar interests.
  • It is a means of sharing information and interacting.
  • Educators can use PLNs to share resources, provide support, introduce and debate ideas, and celebrate learning
  • PLNs put learning into an online environment
  • It is a support network that is dynamic, creative and interactive

 

References:

Teaching Village (2012). What is a PLN, anyway? Retrieved from: http://www.teachingvillage.org/2012/01/03/what-is-a-pln-anyway/