The Make Cycle 2 began yesterday in the #clmooc. We were asked to hack a toy. I haven’t started that yet as I was taking kids to camps and swimming. (My life as a taxi driver).
However, I was able to participate in my first Google Hangout!! It was awesome! Very much like a webinar, but in Google+. The hangout I participated in was titled Digital Classroom. You can view the archived session here. The moderators were Angela Maiers, Daniel Burris, Jackie Gerstein, Sean Cavanaugh, and Troy Hicks . I follow Jackie Gerstein on Twitter and she is amazing! (highly recommend visiting her blog). After yesterday’s hangout, I now follow Angela Maiers. They both exhibit such passion for teaching and learning and are pushing the paradigm of how educators approach teaching and learning.
Here are a few quotes from yesterday (found in Twitter under the hashtag #thedigitalclassroom).
Students need to be content curators and creators using technology – not just consumers using the tech @JackieGerstein
Web1.0 access TO web; Web2.0 interaction WITH web; WEB 3.0 we are OF the web @angelamaiers
The standard IS contribution. R we asking kids 2make meaning,impactful contributions 2 web/world @angelamaiers
As educators, we need to put ourselves in the role the learner to be better facilitators of learning. Model learning through experience. @kellybutzler
With tight budgets, there is little money available for professional development travel. This is no excuse. I have learned more from Twitter, webinars, and now the #clmooc and Google hangouts than most PD sessions. I have embraced life-long learning and taken advantage of this FREE stream of knowledge.