Self-Directed Learning Systems for Teachers and Kids

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Self-Directed Learning Systems for Teachers and Kids

  1. 1. Self-Directed LearningSystems for Teachers and Kids Bernie Dodge San Diego State University
  2. 2. Overview• Important definitions• Information overload• Big parts and little parts, loosely joined• How to roll your own
  3. 3. What Does Your School Do to Cultivate Lifelong Learning?
  4. 4. Cactus in Connecticut
  5. 5. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/15-steps-to-cultivate-lifelong-learning.html
  6. 6. 15 Steps to Cultivate Lifelong Learning1. Always have a book 9. Unlearn assumptions2. Keep a to-learn list 10. Find a better job3. Get better friends 11. Start a project4. Guide your thinking 12. Follow your intuition5. Put it into practice 13. The morning 156. Teach others 14. Reap the rewards7. Clean your input 15. Make it a priority8. Learn in groups http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/15-steps-to-cultivate-lifelong-learning.html
  7. 7. LIFELONG LEARNING ISSELF-DIRECTED LEARNINGWe’re not going to be teaching them forever
  8. 8. Personal Learning Network
  9. 9. Personal Learning NetworkA personal learning network is an informallearning network that consists of the people alearner interacts with and derives knowledgefrom in a personal learning environment. In aPLN, a person makes a connection with anotherperson with the specific intent that some type oflearning will occur because of that connection.
  10. 10. Personal Learning Environments
  11. 11. Relating PLNs and PLEs Personal Learning Environments Personal Learning Networks
  12. 12. Tim Hand’s PLEhttp://thand.wordpress.com/2007/05/28/ple-2/
  13. 13. Sarah Stewart’s PLE
  14. 14. Alec Couros’s Networked Teacher
  15. 15. D’Arcy Norman’s PLE
  16. 16. PLEs for Future Teachershttp://edweb.sdsu.edu/Courses/EDTEC470/fall12/resources/pls.htm
  17. 17. The Web = Small Pieces Loosely Joined David Weinberger - 2002
  18. 18. Info Scarcity – Still Within Memory
  19. 19. Information Overload
  20. 20. Information Overload
  21. 21. Information Overload
  22. 22. Information Overload
  23. 23. Information Overload
  24. 24. Information Overload ≠ Learning
  25. 25. MOST OF WHAT WE CALLPERSONAL LEARNING NETWORKSARE REALLYPERSONAL INFORMATION NETWORKS
  26. 26. Reading ≠ Learning
  27. 27. Reading ≠ Learning
  28. 28. SO TO CREATE OUR OWN PERSONALLEARNING ENVIRONMENT, WE NEED TOGO BEYOND JUST READINGBut what?
  29. 29. A PLE Needs• A Focus• A curated set of Inputs• A place to refine, distill & Synthesize• A method to Practice and reinforce• A Structure to hold it all together
  30. 30. FocusCC Credit: Flickr user Soelin
  31. 31. Focus• Pick something to learn• Size matters• Intermediate mastery in a reasonable time
  32. 32. My Personal PLE Focus• Game Design• More specifically, learning how to make educational games more educational without sacrificing fun
  33. 33. Inputs• Using the focus, Blogs choose sources of information Book Tweeps lists• Can be individuals or media• Be selective! PLE
  34. 34. My Personal PLE Inputs• Lists of specific twitter users Blogs• Playlists in YouTube Book• Amazon book Tweeps lists search• LinkedIn groups PLE• Specific RSS feeds• And more…
  35. 35. Twitter Lists
  36. 36. Twitter Lists
  37. 37. Twitter ListsEvery Twitter list has its own URL. In thiscase:https://twitter.com/berniedodge/game-design
  38. 38. Twitter Lists
  39. 39. RSS Feeds• Every RSS Feed has a URL• Every folder of RSS feeds you have in Google Reader also has a URL• It looks like this: http://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream /user%2F05084904569903170225%2Flabel%2 F%20Game%20Design
  40. 40. RSS Feeds
  41. 41. YouTube Channels & Playlists• A channel is a set of videos originated from one account• A playlist is a list of videos chosen by you• Each has a unique URL that can be added to your PLE• Like this: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCB11 4282ACDFE703
  42. 42. YouTube Channels & Playlists
  43. 43. LinkedIn Groups• Linked In has recently become a great place to go for higher-level information sharing• There are groups on many topics• Here’s one one Board Game Design• http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1159637
  44. 44. LinkedIn Groups
  45. 45. Delicious Tags• Being smart about how you tag things in Delicious makes it possible to find subsets of the things that matter to you.• Choosing tags that make sense to others will also allow you to benefit from the things they find.• Here’s a URL based on a tag I use: http://www.delicious.com/bdodge/gamedesign
  46. 46. Delicious Tags
  47. 47. Book Searches• Do a search for a particular topic• Save the URL of the result page• Revisit it to see what’s new• Here’s my Amazon search for ‘game design’ http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_i_0?rh=k%3Agame+design%2Ci%3A stripbooks&keywords=game+design&ie=UTF8&qid=1351237322
  48. 48. Book Searches
  49. 49. Mendeley for Articles http://mendeley.com
  50. 50. Mendeley for Articles
  51. 51. Notes from Evernote• Great way to capture information from real life• Conference notes• Conversations with people• Images, sounds• Each notebook has its own URL
  52. 52. Notes from Evernote
  53. 53. A PLE Needs• A Focus• A curated set of Inputs• A place to refine, distill & Synthesize• A method to Practice and reinforce• A Structure to hold it all together
  54. 54. Where Do You Synthesize?• Google Docs• Linoit• Blogger
  55. 55. Google Docs
  56. 56. Linoit• A place to rearrange ideas and add to them• Patterned after a corkboard with stickies• Each canvas has a unique URL
  57. 57. Linoit Canvas
  58. 58. A PLE Needs• A Focus• A curated set of Inputs• A place to refine, distill & Synthesize• A method to Practice and reinforce• A Structure to hold it all together
  59. 59. A Structure to Hold it Together http://symbaloo.com
  60. 60. My Game Design PLEhttp://www.symbaloo.com/mix/ple-gamedesign
  61. 61. Self-Directed LearningSystems for Teachers and Kids Bernie Dodge San Diego State University

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