Tonight my EC&I 831 class listened to a presentation with Stephen Downes. I previously heard comments about him regarding his expertise in the Edtech field. From the presentation, these comments were very true. He provided a detailed background of a new software. I can best describe it as a combo of WordPress, Google Reader, Delicious, etc. I have to admit, I was in over my head, especially once the design part of the software was discussed. I know nothing about html code or programming in general. Bad experiences in high school deterred me from programming and software design. I guess I just use all the neat things that are designed.
Stephens also commented about two specific items:
- Where learners are in control, thus how do you teach?
I feel this is a very new area in teaching although it has been discussed for some time now. It is tough for a teacher to completely give control over to students regarding their learning. I also am not sure our educational system is ready for this, even though it gets discussed all the time.
- read, remix, respond, disseminate.
We are learning this through this course. It is what we have been doing on a daily basis since January. I think that this idea is great to implement further into student learning and through technology implementation.