Igniting Conversation About the Future of Education

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We are going to be watching a number of Ignite Talks from the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference. Here’s their description:

The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub at University of California, Irvine. The conference is meant to be an inclusive, international and annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy, and practice.

You were assigned one talk to watch for which you are going to respond to in a blog post in a few ways:

  1. Embed the video in your post. And do some research about the speaker. I a few sentences please give us some context as to who they are and what they do. Also hyperlink to any references you used.
  2. Find two or more quotes from the talk you find interesting and share them with your classmates in two ways: write out the quotes and hyperlink to the quotation points in the video using the Youtube timing link by adding “#t=00m00s” at the end of the link. Here’s an example:
  3. Next you are going to poll your fellow classmates about the two quotes using an embedded Google Form. You will need to create a Google account (or gmail email) if don’t already have one to create your form. Also you will need to edit the form embed code a little bit for it to show up in your post. These are the edits you will need to make:
    So the code will now look like this:

In your poll you can ask simple agree/disagree questions using a multiple choice, as well as you should ask students to back up their perspective in a follow-up question. All the answers you receive will be anonymous and sortable in Google spreadsheet. You are to report out your results of the survey in a second blog post on Wednesday morning.

P.E. assignment for the future


In a blog post create an assignment that would be completed by students in your future classroom. Describe what they are to make and create an example. Also describe what learning objectives you believe it might support. Remember that the assignment should be fun!

As a future physical educator the assignment I would want my students to complete through digital media would be to create their own game through digital story telling. It should be a video explaining steps about their particular made up game. I value the importance of guidance meanwhile the importance of exploring. I believe that students should be able to create and reenact, its one of the wonders of sports, you can make up your own game and actually play it; your rules, your game. Some learning objectives that would be taken in consideration would be class discussions, individual learning, and technology based learning. Digital story telling would be used to help develop a technological skill, it can encourage research and the use of online tools.

Learning objectives would be supported by allowing students to experience and create their own games, and it would be a game that each student personally gravitates towards. Afterward thr reenactment of the sport or game, would be the fun part. Different learning styles are also addressed. Visual learners, auditory, and kin esthetic learners are all addressed.