EDCI 339

Response to Ariana Kelly’s Blog Post #2

After reading over Ariana Kelly’s blog post #2: How would you describe the historical and theoretical trends in k-12 online and distributed learning? What did you already know, what do you know now based on the course readings and activities, what do you hope to learn? I had some reflections, ideas, and suggestions that I would like to share below.

I love the idea that educators have to stay up to date on the ever changing world around them. How are educators suppose to be able to engage students when they are out of touch with their interests and new technology? The diagram you used to show different learning mediums is very helpful to readers, because it clearly shows and supports the points you made in your blog. Thank you for bringing up the important point about how British Columbia has a different definition for learning spaces than other provinces or territories. Again, with support from the image you included it makes your learning and understanding clear. 

It is important to highlight how open learning practices would be implemented in a classroom, with the support of scaffolding on the teachers part. In your blog, you clearly laid out the steps in order to make this happen, and it is welcomed information for an aspiring teacher like me. Lastly, you touched on the 5 R’s, (reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, and retain) these are critical to know like the back of your hand as a teacher. Without knowledge of the 5 R’s, a teacher could get in trouble for not following the right steps when implementing online tools in their classroom. I believe you did a great job at mentioning this in your blog, and shining a positive light on the step by step process. Another great blog post! Thanks for sharing your valuable insights.

EDCI 339

Response to Erin Fletcher’s Blog Post #2

After reading over Erin Fletcher’s blog post #2: How would you describe the historical and theoretical trends in k-12 online and distributed learning? What did you already know, what do you know now based on the course readings and activities, what do you hope to learn? I had some reflections, ideas, and suggestions that I would like to share below.

I am excited to have the opportunity to read another one of your blog posts about open and distributed learning! I relate to your comment on how in elementary school technology was only used to learn how to type on computers in a computer lab. How times have changed! I love how you are leaning into the world now as we know it, technology everywhere. When students voices are heard, it enhances the learning of everyone involved. When you made the comment, “teachers must too be learners for life” it totally stuck with me. I wholeheartedly believe that teachers need to continue their learning and growth to foster that within their students, by setting an example. I was also baffled to learn that K-12 e-learning isn’t a new concept, dating back to the early 1900’s. In my mind, I felt like I grew up with the early stages of technology. The image you included that explains learning spaces is super helpful for the reader, and I loved how you included it in your blog. This post really shows how your learning has already evolved in this short time, and it is really exciting to see. Great work!