Monday, November 17, 2008

Progress Report on Final Project

It was great getting together with my colleagues to sort out what we want to do for the final project for this class. It was also great to have time to reflect on how we could best use the readings that we had done during the first half of the course. The time to reflect was essential for us to begin planning for technology in education in 2030 - 2035. Digital learning is fast emerging as the new way for people to become lifelong learners. The needs of the students 20 - 25 byears from now will be greatly different from our needs and so the tools they use need to be different.

We worked on a Star Trek type of future and considered the 4 C's in our planning. Each of us has a share of the pie and we plan to use the wiki as the means of pulling all our resources together from Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo to Agoura Hills - after all, it is the new and exciting way of learning.

Monday, November 3, 2008

What does the future hold?

After reflecting this past week on the Phoenix piece by Dr. Faverty and looking at our group wiki, I believe the real wrok is about to begin. To be able to create a new and exciting learning process is down right scary. I think that PDA's or a watch that acts as a PDA could revolutionaize instruction. It would have all the capability of a phone, the Internet, emailing, text messaging, a GPS system and access to many of the large depositories of knowledge.

In classrooms teachers could check for understanding, guide student learning, develop an ongoing project and see where the students are in their own personal learning. Students could access information at the touch of their PDA. All communication would be digital and immediately available to other learning groups electronically. To see students truly engaged and connected to the real world would be the best outcome anyone could hope for in the 21st century.

As a result of the class readings I need to pursue some of the other websites mentioned in the articles we read. So much to do so little time! This theme is getting very redundant.