Time for Tinkering, Messing & Innovation!
Student Choice + Student Engagement = Authentic learning
Sounds so simple, right? But how do we actually do this as educators? (Isn’t there an app for that?)
The Connectivist learning theory puts the student at the center of their educational journey and requires students to go through the learning process of Blooms Revised Taxonomy.
Bloom’s and Revised Bloom’s give us a learning process. Before you can understand a concept or fact you must remember it, To apply a concept you must understand it first, To evaluate a process you must have analysed it etc.
SOURCE: [New] Bloom’s Taxonomy Digitally by Andrew Churches (Tech & Learning)
This week, I have been working on revising our Grade 4 Social Studies unit. One thing I noticed, was that our current unit stopped at the ‘sorting out’ phase of the inquiry cycle. There wasn’t an authentic opportunity for students to go further, make conclusions or take action. How can we make the shift from constructivism to connectivism?
Using the Inquiry Cycle as a guide, we rejigged the unit in a way that presents the content students need to know, as well as the opportunity to dig deeper, make their own conclusions and take action. Now we need to figure out what this will really look like. How do we help students access the resources they need to gain knowledge, but still give them the academic choice?
For this project, I am going to try using Thinglink and Flipboard as student resources. Students will be able to find and access different resources that will help guide them through the Inquiry Cycle and provide them with appropriate resources in their learning journey.
By modeling the use of appropriate digital tools and building in academic choice, we empower students to be at the center of their own learning. When students are at the center of their own learning, they are engaged and motivated. When students are engaged and motivated, they begin to hang out, mess around and even geek out!