1/26/18 Find 5 Friday #F5F

  • I loved this blog reflection from EduWeek. I selected this article for review because I think it serves as a fantastic counterpoint to our discussion this week.  While on its face it serves to talk about blended learning and the limitations of connected learning, I think that when it defines the negatives (of what Connected Learning is not able to do…), this article really serves to add so much more to our conversation of how Connected Learning can improve the classroom! http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/edtechresearcher/2013/01/connected_learning_versus_blended_learning_new_terms_old_debate.html
  • I don’t know if I have really mentioned it, but I am huge political news junkie… (and unfortunately nowadays, I feel like I am having too much of a good thing with news updates). I have been a NYTimes subscriber, and actively incorporate it daily so I can make sure that I have an informed opinion on contemporary events.  I found this connected learning/education section within the NYTimes, and while it does not necessarily surprise me that I would find something like this provided by the Times, it is awesome to find it on my own. https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning
  • Christensen’s quote really stuck out to me as an example of a frequent issue that I find as I am exploring this week. “My error – and the error of the department that hired me- was to see these students as ‘disadvantaged’ instead of seeing their brilliance.”  I find that in the emphasis with Connected Learning to explore their complex and unique environments, educators can run into an issue to struggle to find a consistent language with which to measure a student’s outcomes.  While I do not fault Christensen at all with her views, I just wonder what way we can both measure a student’s outcomes but also not destructively label them as well…?
  • From the readings this week, I have found it awesome that Dewey (a progressive education advocate who has influenced modern American education) still has a voice one hundred years later. I selected this blog because I think it echoes my views that Dewey’s reflections are even more relevant now than when he first mentioned them. http://blog.cambridgeinternational.org/reflections-on-the-100th-year-anniversary-of-john-deweys-democracy-and-education/
  • I also found Danny’s contribution of last week to be reflective of the democracy principals that Dewey described within this week’s readings. Specifically his self analysis regarding the use of statistics within sports.  Personally, I think this is an indication of the complex self that Dewey mentions and how not all student learning occurs within the classroom. https://connectedlearning325628278.wordpress.com/
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