In the early years I have collaborated with colleagues to highlight some of the gems mined from the K12 Online Conference. For reasons I can’t define, that practice has disappeared. Since note-taking has always been a powerful learning strategy for me, I decided this year to blog my highlights as a personal reference point for my own learning from the first sessions I’ve heard.
“The Sandbox Manifesto” by Angela Maiers
1. Sharing is Caring
2. Messy is Good
3. Imagination is Your Best Asset
4. Sand is for Filling Buckets
5. Hugs Help-Smiles Matter
6. Take It To The Community
7. Strangers Are Friends in Waiting
8. Be Remarkable-Nothing Less
9. You are the master of your fate
10. PLAY IS THE WORK!
“Playing in Public” by George Couros
Take-away: As educators, we have a love of learning and consider ourselves to be “life-long learners.” This is a way of life that we want to infuse in our students. George challenges us to work to learn something new and to model our learning publicly through social media. This could be a powerful way to model risk-taking, the hard work, and persistence that it takes to be a learner.
“The World is My Classroom” by Anne Mirtschin
Take-away: Anne truly provides a global classroom for her students. Several years ago I saw an invitation from her to listen to some of her students make presentations online, and I “visited” her class to listen. I enjoyed their presentations, and they were pleased that an educator from South Carolina, USA, had popped into their classroom to listen. Anne is an excellent role model for 21st Century educators!
“When Learning Becomes an Event” by Andy McKiel
Take-away: It’s important to make learning “sticky” for students. In Andy’s experience, he has created learning events that matter to students. What an incredible experience he had to travel to Churchill to bring the polar bear migration & global climate change crisis to life for classrooms around the world! As educators we need to constantly ask ourselves, “Why does this learning matter to our students?” and we need to be asking our students the same question!
“How Do I Know I Made a Difference” by Ben Hazzard
Take-away: Play is a state of mind. Play-based learning provides opportunities for creativity, innovation, and a sense of belonging. Can we teach students to be an explorer of the world? Play is the door to exploration. It takes a lot of courage for students to publish their products for the world to see. This risk-taking boils down to 2 questions: Will I be embraced? Am I proud of who I am?
I’m looking forward to the wealth of learning still to be gained from the rest of the conference!