Presentation & #ETMOOC orientation

Bonjour à tous,

I'm Steve Roy, and I'm a teaching in Vancouver, BC. I teach at l'école secondaire Jules-Verne, a french school part of the French School Autority of BC . I teach Math 8, Information technology, Drama and Health & Career Study. I consider myself quite fluent in educationnal technology (blogging, twitter, Google Apps, Skype, etc) and I've been using it for many years now. Following this link, you can find a video I made already two years ago about some stuff related to edtech I did with students at my school. All our students have access to a Macbook that they can even bring home if the schools allows it. I'm also a proud father of two beautiful children of 4 years old and 15 months.

Yesterday afternoon, I attended the first #ETMOOC session and I'm quite happy I did. First, Alec Couros is a great example to follow in term of openness in teaching. I thrive to one day, become a teacher like this with my students. Thanks Alec!

For the past few years, I've been looking to change my teaching practice so that it's more student driven than teacher driven. It's a big challenge because I never really experienced this form of learning myself in a formal manner. I've experienced it with my PLN since I started using twitter and this blog, but it's more an informal setting because I choose to do it when I can. How can I translate this into my teaching practice? Is it possible to do it in all subject area? I still have to cover my Prescribed Learning Outcomes.

Oh, I found some answer. There is lots of stuff out there on the web about this; There is so much I don't know where to start. So sometime I feel stuck! I realize also that student have to learn those skills. They've been told what to do since kindergarden, this stuff as new to them as it is to me!

The big problem for me: I simply have no idea on how this new way of learning (student driven) should look like in a school setting and I've been looking for a while...

I hope this ETMOOC help me figure out how to:

  • bring openness 
  • bring student participation
  • give up control of content

Maybe it's asking too much. I don't know. But for what I've listen to yesterday, it seems possible.

There is two things I will remember from the session yesterday: the two final questions:

How to make learning visible?

How are you contributing to the learning of others?

Just those two questions have open so much possibilities for me. I hope to put them in practice in the next few days.

Look forward to connect with you all and to learn from you.

Au plaisir,

Steve

Comments

I love the tension you bring up between "<em>cover my Prescribed Learning Outcomes</em>" and "<em>give up control of content</em>".  I'm not convinced they are mutually exclusive, but one of them definitely has to soften for the other to thrive.   If we are responsible to get learners through prescribed exit exams, then we have less freedom to yield control of content to the learners' preferences. In my case, with adult learners who attend irregularly, and whose focus is more on upgrading their skills than acquiring credentials, learning outcomes tend to soften toward personal goals rather than focus on exams.  That lets me soften the "textbook" component of content and offer more real-world content options, mostly online and often learner-selected.  It's more difficult to document my success - but it's a perfect fit for our context.As for making learning visible, I offer learners the option - encourage them actually - to go public.  I try to craft writing assignments suited to being fulfilled by posting online.  For lower literacy levels, that may be as simple as a quality FB posting.  For novel study I use a public etherpad and encourage succeeding years to add their work.  Have had almost no success in getting the more advanced learners to blog, although one is writing a book that is ready to transfer from etherpad to google docs.  Learners have also posted Youtube videos and created public flashcards.

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The big problem for me: I simply have no idea on how this new way of learning (student driven) should look like in a school setting and I've been looking for a while...

I hope this ETMOOC help me figure out how to:

bring openness
bring student participation
give up control of content

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