My reaction to this steady flow of knowledge/ course- (Bumper my course)

So I was thinking about this course since the first day of class. It’s one of the most refreshing courses that I have actually taken in a long time. This helps me to understand how I can make use of digital technology and implement that into my daily life. I feel that by the use of this technology, it has open my eyes to new programs I have never touched, including iPhoto, Photoshop, iMovie, Photobooth, and other programs including Sound Cloud, Tumblr and Flickr. I never knew how to distort images or blur them to my satisfaction. I never knew how to do anything really that dealt with editing or video clip arrangement. I learned so much and I continue to learn every day with the creative assignments that are uploaded to the site not just from me but from my creative classmates and professor. I enjoy it and I feel that this course is extremely worthwhile to take.

 

The classroom can be fun with interactive teacher student technology lessons=)

Bumper my Course

This class/course is far from tradition and it makes it feel like a breath of fresh air. I know that I will be able to take so much away from this course after its over because it gave me a new found love for blogging. Also as a future educator I know that I can take the things I’ve learned and incorporate it into my own classroom. I like to learn and to be able to teach with little limitations as possible. I come to realize that every student will learn and grasp things different when it comes to learning.

 

This course has given me the freedom to express myself and to tap into my creative side. I know once I’ve put my mind to it I can put together great ideas and future assignments. I’ve also learned from my classmates through their post. The bumper stickers I chose to tag to the “Honk If You’re a Maker”  so far (will post more) was the “Creative Eye” which I felt was necessary throughout the course. The other bumper sticker was the “Creative Genius” picture. I felt both describe the course perfectly.

 

Serendipitous Teaching and Learning

I was reading student blog responses to Michael Wesch’s video A Vision of Students Today, and one student described her college experience as “not terrible but having a lot of incomplete pieces.” She wondered how she might be able fill that gap and included this image of an incomplete puzzle portrait. REALLY DEEP QUESTION RIGHT?

And while reading this post a tweet from David Kernohan popped up:

The comic is a remix of Neil Gaiman’s graduation speech to the University of the Arts class of 2012 delivered two weeks ago. Here’s the first frame of the comic:

You should definitely read the rest of the comic and watch Gaiman’s speech which asks you to respond to the stresses of life by making ‘Good Art.’ And if you believe anyone can be an artist, a good one mind you, then the answer is in being creative right? So I responded to the students post including this link and message.

How cool is that? Someone in England helped me respond to my student’s post. It’s as if David Kernohan were in the classroom helping me teach.

And how did David come to be in my classroom? He showed up serendipitously because I’ve been slowly building connections with peers through my blog and twitter account over the past year-and-a-half. These are connections that didn’t exist before, and the opportunity to learn, to reflect, and to share with them didn’t exist before.

George Siemens’ theory of connectivism might be useful to help me understand how this was possible:

The starting point of connectivism is the individual. Personal knowledge is comprised of a network, which feeds into organizations and institutions, which in turn feed back into the network, and then continue to provide learning to individual. This cycle of knowledge development (personal to network to organization) allows learners to remain current in their field through the connections they have formed.

He describes how important it is to make connections within specialized communities and make sense of the information that comes out of them. My group of fellow learners happens to be crazy about communicating online via twitter and personal blogs, so I began to follow people and slowly found my way to join the conversation.

Finding that specialized community can take time, but you can look for bloggers and Tweeters of interest and see if they lead to other’s sharing resources. Hopefully over time, you will find a community out there that makes sense to you and you will find ways to engage it. You have to start somewhere!

So for your next blog post I want you to look for an entrance point to your own network of connections that might help you on your path to becoming a teacher. The entrance point could be a tweet, another blogger’s post, something that you believe might set you on your path.

I want you to describe how you found the post, tweet, or page and link to it. Describe why you’re interested in this piece of conversation and how you think it’s going to help you get started on building connections with peers.