One of the many lovely things about school holidays is that it gives me a chance to catch up on some reading. I have just finished Alan November's "Who Owns the Learning?", a book which advocates students having the opportunity to design and direct their own learning. November has come up with a model which he calls the Digital Learning Farm, where students are involved in roles such as Tutorial Designers, Student Scribes, Student Researchers and Global Communicators. I was pleased to discover that many of the ideas and concepts in the book were things I had already implemented in my classroom. However, one thing that leaped out at me was the fact that our 'class blog' is really 'Danni's blog' - an opportunity for me to showcase the photos, videos and classroom happenings that I deem important. I am very much looking forward to handing this over to my class next term, by letting one student each day take on the 'scribe' role and share our learning in their own way. A little change, but one that I hope will produce more engaged students taking on greater responsibilities in our classroom to provide a learning resource for our class.
4/7/2014 10:19:38 am
Hi, Love your reflection of the book. Please let me know if your students live up to your expectations about managing the class blog.
23/7/2014 09:18:50 pm
Hi Alan, Am so excited by what I am seeing only after 3 days! Check out my new post: http://www.todayseducator.com/blog/writing-for-a-purpose Thank you, thank you, thank you for the inspiration!
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Danni Foster-Brown B.Ed; M.Ed
Director of Junior Learning Community (Academic Performance and Innovation) at an independent school on the Gold Coast, Australia. Google Certified Teacher. Google Educator. Passionate about teaching and learning, and building extraordinary learners.