EDCI 339

Response to Erin Fletcher’s Blog Post #3

After reading over Erin Fletcher’s blog post #3: How can you ensure equitable access to authentic, meaningful & relevant learning environments for all learners in K-12 open and distributed learning contexts? I had some reflections, ideas, and suggestions myself that I would like to share below.

I think it is an important point to raise about making learning meaningful for each student, and how great it is that you are already thinking about it! The heavy questions you posed and decided to tackle are so relevant. I applaud your courage in leaning into them and not shying away from them. I might add some more resources to strengthen some ideas you began to discuss. Also by adding the 2 by 10 framework it is a good suggestion, but maybe you could have a resource to back up that idea. Using the UDL framework to check in on yourself as a teacher is a way to measure how well you are contributing to open and distributed learning. I think I would highlight the fact that it is entirely dependant on the students and their needs, so building relationships with the students is the most important thing. I LOVED how you included a sketchnote, that is such a great way to explain your understanding and show your learning! Lastly, bringing up COVID-19 and how challenging that was for not only teachers, but students to is important to recognize. If you could talk to a teacher in your community about how they dealt with the quick transition from face to face learning to online, I think that would be a welcomed addition! I loved having the opportunity to read over your ideas, and I think your understanding of this topic shines through with your blog. Great work Erin!

EDCI 339

Response to Ariana Kelly’s Blog Post #3

After reading over Ariana Kelly’s blog post #3: How can you ensure equitable access to authentic, meaningful & relevant learning environments for all learners in K-12 open and distributed learning contexts? I had some reflections, ideas, and suggestions that I would like to share below.

In your opening paragraph, I love how you have so many aspirations and I can see how much thought you have already put into what is needed to become a successful teacher in the future. I also have the same concern about not being able to meet the needs of every student I come across, but with support from colleges and building those relationships with students anything is possible! Like you have stated, when a student is interested in the information their level of engagement drastically increases, maybe add a reference to support your point here. It was great how you included the eight design principles, because they are so valuable. It would’ve been helpful to provide an example, or expand on some of the principles to show your understanding a bit more. In terms of the world we live in at the moment, I am also worried about every student receiving equitable access to technology or tools the student needs that will support learning remotely. As you pointed out, having flexible lesson plans is very important, so that changes can be made on the fly, so that all the needs to the students can be met! The two references that you discussed in your blog, are both great resources and show be explored further, keep them in mind for the future!