Learning Is Messy – Blog – comment

““What would be the most useful thing we could do to encourage district leaders to rethink their social media policies for teachers/students?”” -Brian Crosby @ Learning Is Messy

I think the deeper question is, “What do we want our students to take home from school?” Is our underlying goal that they have a safe learning experience where the adults are on a pedestal as the teaching experts? Or, is our goal that our students become their own learning advocates and ready for their future – not ours.  In short, is a student’s learning experience about the student or is it about the educational system?  What do they need to internalize?  I believe they must learn to communicate while being responsible with technology tools; they must have opportunities for positive collaboration with peers; they mus internalize the process of critical thinking; and they must practice being creative with learning as the goal. How is any of this relevant without using social media?

– Laura Fowler Thornton

The Outcomes of BYOT

Mobile learning, BYOT, BYOD, 1:1, laptops, netbooks, iPods, iPads, Android……technology in the hands of the students is the tsunami we are riding.  Technology that is integrated into instruction in today’s classroom brings relevancy to learning.  Adults are faced with uncertainty and fear the loss of control in their domain.  My belief is that the best kind of learning happens when students are in charge of their classroom.  I’m not advocating anarchy or a “students gone wild” atmosphere but a classroom where learning is valued and where  students are excited about the projects they are working on.