I ARRIVED AT GARY STAGER’S “WAY BEYOND WEBQUESTS” SESSION LATE AT NECC 2007, THESE ARE MY NOTES FROM HIS SESSION. GARY IS AN ENERGIZING THINKER AND ALWAYS CHALLENGES ME TO THINK ABOUT LEARNING AS WELL AS TECHNOLOGY IN DIFFERENT WAYS. THIS SESSION WAS NO EXCEPTION TO THIS PATTERN. 🙂
MIT is giving away courseware because they are confident in their brand
– they know science is not just about accessing and receiving courseware / information
– science is about DOING science
education is not just about information
we are amateurs at poverty in the United States
Work in bunches, talk to each other, here is the question:
– on the day of the 2005 Iraq election, on the side of the school there was an Iraqi polling place (in Australia)
– was there any discussion about this in school that day?
– I often wondered if my kids’ high school would interrupt the currriculum if there was a nuclear blast nearby?!
Who should I vote for?
When kids say “I’m done” pay attention
– if there is something to learn, to do or to improve, it’s harder to say that (or impossible)
– easy to say that when you are doing the worksheet
– follow you curiosity
don’t keep secrets in your tribe
– use your laptop and resources and answer the question: “Who Should I Vote For?” based on a photo Gary took in Australia on December 15, 2005.
you can’t google a picture yet
think how significant it could be to have a universal translation machine in the hands of all the kids? (the web has this now and it is getting better)
why did it take us less time to figure out this was a Syrian-Christian party and “740” was the number of martyrs than it did for Gary in Dec 2005, when it took him several hours of work on the web?
– the web gets smarter over time
– there are more resources available now….
Stuff our group found doing this:
Some groups of used this as a start of school activities
– there are opportunities to learn all around us
– we need to be more receptive to the learning invitations all around us
Question: “Were the chicago Seven martyrs”
– I often get hired by schools to come in and be the messiah or something
you learn a lot of things about this
– you find legal documents which people automatically think is true
– there are fan pages with interviews of the actual people
My rules: use any resources you have
can do debate over values and terms
When teachers observes students for the first time you
– no one takes notes
– no one draws a timeline
– this means the problem is not information literacy, the problem is LITERACY
– issues of truth, reliability/validity
I gave my graduate students another cultures questions
– in Australia, question “Was Ned Kelly a hero”
– that causes a lot of cognitive dissonance and conversation
– do a foreign example, and then do a local one
– Identify a place in the universe and assume you can go on holiday there, get there safely and return safely, and there will be food to eat
– tell me about this place, build a website
– ought to be a rule in classrooms where kids are making movies: they should all be shorter and edited one more time
– 2 minutes is a good time limit
– need a peer review process
– editing is a critical part of the process
In 4 hours people can learn to use all the tools of the iLife suite
– less is more
– with a meaningful context, people can learn to use a lot of tools in a short amount of time
Use article on Micronations
– people use the web to announce they are kings of some made up place
– at every grade level this could be the curriculum for the entire year
– all schools gets to is make a flag, and then you make a rap about it
Lonely Planet actually has a book guide to “Lonely Planet Micronations (Lonely Planet Travel Guides)” (John Ryan, George Dunford, Simon Sellars)
– most of these are actually in Australia
– what a wonderful theme and curricular opportunity
through complex questions like this
– number theory problems
– mathematics is NOT just about long division
– real math is beautiful, playful, and a way of making sense of the world
– kids can be engaged in highly complex investigations using mathematics, also interdisciplinary, computer is your lab assistant
Thought by Edward R Murrow: “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extend that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wired and lights in a box….”
We need to be more concerned with these ideas than the “boat show” aspect of NECC.
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