Learning Environments – Week 10 – Reading Czars Meeting 1

Met with our professors Shelley Goldman and Roy Pea (via phone) and the other 2 members of the team: Nikita Michael Bogdanov and Cody Oliver Karutz Talked a little about Freire’s big ideas and how might we propose an activity that will make people think about it, engage with it and come back with ides for a discussion. We are going to divide the class into smaller groups and hand each group a main idea from the readings. Each group will have to design a school based on this main idea, giving it a name and creating a 2 minute pitch of … Continue reading “Learning Environments – Week 10 – Reading Czars Meeting 1”

EdClub – Coursera visit

The EdClub organized a visit to Coursera – one of the leading edtech companies today – founded by two Stanford professors and now employer of several Stanford graduates. Had lunch at their new offices that now hold around 180 people and growing. Great talk with 4 members of the team – 2 of which have been there from the early days (3 years ago) when there were only around 20 people. Great talk – very informative – plenty of opportunities.

LDT Seminar – Week 10 – Udemy Interview

  Interviewed two top execs at Udemy today about how might we help experts publish online courses. Here are the questions and some notes: In your own words, how would you describe Udemy’s role in the educational market? Strong focus on continuing education content Create high quality content to be able to attend the needs of the learners What are the biggest challenges it faces in attending to the learner’s needs and goals? Create mind set that learning is something you have to do continuosly. How do we educate people about continuing with their own education. How to install a … Continue reading “LDT Seminar – Week 10 – Udemy Interview”

Learning Environments – Week 10 – Reading Notes

“Pedagogy of the Oppressed” Paulo Freire 1972 Dehumanization of the opressed False generosity – false charity -> true would be to teach them to work and transform the world “And this fight, because of the purpose given it by the oppressed, will actually constitute an act of love opposing the lovelessness which lies at the heart of the oppressor’s’ violence, lovelessness even when clothed in false generosity.” p. 29 “The pedagogy of the oppressed is an instrument for their critical discovery that both they and their oppressors are manifestations of dehumanization.” p. 34 For opressor, to be is to have … Continue reading “Learning Environments – Week 10 – Reading Notes”

Intro to Teaching – Week 10 – Reading Notes

Cohen, D. K. (1990). A revolution in one classroom: The case of Mrs. Oublier. Educational Evaluation and Policy. 12(3). 311-329. Rereading – Mrs. Oublie was also assigned as a reading in Qualitative Research 🙂 Interesting to read it with a different lens. Something old, something new: missinterpretations of policy lead to partial teaching practice change. “Is Mrs. O’s mathematical revolution a story of progress, or of confusion? Does it signal an advance for the new math framework, or a setback?” p. 323 Teachers may not be willing to change way of teaching “She thought that her revolution was over. Her … Continue reading “Intro to Teaching – Week 10 – Reading Notes”

Learning Environments – Week 10 – Mind Map

Got all the post its from our group meeting, typed them up and created some mind maps… grouping is coming along but I’m thinking about applying the learning theories to the environment I was observing previously. Watson No divide between man and brute Locke Experience Sense Perception Blank slate Association “Smoothing of paths” – learning Learning with the World Embodied cognition Learn through senses Experiential learning Montessori Student centered teaching Clock metaphor – wind it instead of moving its arms Play Very precise language: long-thick Self-directed Don’t force it. Don’t correct it. Natural curiosity Stimuli Make “spontaneous observers” Guidance needed Sense training Experience their senses Experiential learning Intrinsic motivation Mixed age grouping Dewey Experiential learning Thoughts are creative & novel – can’t be communicated Are you learning the right thing? Correct answer & … Continue reading “Learning Environments – Week 10 – Mind Map”

Notes on Methods 2

Next quarter I am going to start taking notes on the computer again… even though there seems to be a little extra learning when writing things down on a paper, the study and referencing back to them is a nightmare. On one hand no copy/pasting means that I have to actually re-read and re-type the notes. On the other hand, it is really tedious to search. Maybe a notebook that holds all the notes in chronological order might help, even though I’ve used several in the past, and they simply became a to do list where I crossed things out … Continue reading “Notes on Methods 2”

Tech 4 Learners – Week 10 – 2 Min Video Assignment

Working on a 2 minute video presentation of our prototype for ‘A’ at OMS. Narration:  Meet Achu. Achu is twelve years old, full of smiles, and loves art, basketball and HotWheels videos. Achu’s vocabulary is plenty big, but he doesn’t always use it, instead choosing to repeat the words of others instead of what he really thinks. Our goal for this work was to support Achu in sharing more of his own thoughts. Let’s call this “spontaneous language creation.” We believe that if we can help Achu to generate more spontaneous language, over time, he might find it easier to … Continue reading “Tech 4 Learners – Week 10 – 2 Min Video Assignment”

Tech 4 Learners – Week 10 – Assignment Lessons Learned

Assignment Response Team SAL: Soren, Alex, Lucas  Lessons Learned Time with the intended user and rigorous user testing are critical to success. Every interaction our team had with our OMS student yielded more ideas and insights. It can be challenging to figure out whether an idea is not good or whether its implementation was the issue. It’s quite possible that a user will not engage well with a prototype even though the basis of the prototype is a worthwhile idea. Consequently, it is important to identify the critical learning mechanism to be tested and give the learner different ways to … Continue reading “Tech 4 Learners – Week 10 – Assignment Lessons Learned”