I am doing the #OcTEL mooc and the first task is to think about what our big question is that we might answer by doing the mooc. This year mine is “What could learning be if we embrace technology?”
When I did the first version of #OcTEL, I asked a question about changing cultures to get staff to use TEL. Although I hadn’t answered the question by the end of the course (its the kind of question you can spend a lifetime answering) I have been giving it a lot of thought since and I think I have enough to be working on for now.
So in this version I am going to be looking at what happens to teaching and learning when you use tech creatively. This blog post by Mark Johnstone started me thinking, technology has totally changed how he teaches, so then I asked my PLN and it has changed teaching for them as well. One nice comment was about how by trying to replicate online what we already do in the classroom, we can miss out on the potentials that technology might provide.
So technology has changed and shaped the world, it will change and shape the lecture/classroom as well even if we fight against it (in the past the most knowledgeable thing in the room was the teacher, now its your phone/laptop/tablet). So what happens when we stop thinking in terms of control and start thinking of facilitating communities of learning? What if we embrace the reach and sharing potentials of technology and use it to fan the flames of our students thinking? What if we give our students the tools, support and peers to enable them to have brighter thoughts than any generation before?