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Presentations I’ve recently enjoyed watching

The number of lectures and presentations freely available online provide great opportunities for professional development. Here are a few I’ve recently enjoyed:

…and of course the records from the Learning and Knowledge Analytics open course…as well as the recordings from Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.

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  1. Mary wrote:

    Hi George,

    I spent an enjoyable two hours, viewing the slideshare presentations. Of course, my appreciation was deepened through wide reading of texts by Terry Anderson, Jon Dron, and Steve Wheeler and the folks who are working with them–you, Steven Downes, and the folks at Educause.

    As I was viewing the presentation, I was reflecting on a day spent with a four-year old who was very engaged in formal and informal learning using a variety of tools and in a variety of contexts. He began the day sitting at a table in the dining room, using markers and paper to make pictures and a thank you card for relatives. He also spent four hours in a formal school setting. One of the activities he engaged in was counting and putting cubes together 1-10. Another was making a hat out of construction paper, which he wore in a Dr. Seuss celebration. After school, he talked about his friends and of the various things they did at school. During lunch at home, he watched an episode from a Batman video. Shortly thereafter, he walked to the library and gathered about 20 books, most were of the comic book variety (“The Luckiest Boy,” “The Hardy Boys” and several were informational books about people, “Native Americans”. He read his first book yesterday–”One Mole Digging a Hole” (about a dozen times) and to anyone who would listen. He taught me how use the intelligent tutor, Leapster. He listened to the tutor and could easily push the buttons to move his avatar about in the rainforest, capture boxes, identify numbers, punch enemies, and so on. He changed programs and used a variety of online tools to paint pictures, create stories, and so on. He showed me how to turn the tool off and on to get past a glitch. After dinner, he set up lots of little statue people and their vehicles for a party, acting out episodes among characters, singing songs, playing the harmonica, and telling stories about the characters throughout.

    The one thing that was consistent. He interacted with me throughout the whole process of interacting with the tools. Consequently, I learned a lot from him.
    As I view the presentations and reflect on a day in the life of a young learner, I am reminded of the value of providing affordances and opportunities for a wide range of personal learning, the importance of allowing the learner the opportunity to adopt and adapt technologies, the importance of connections, the value of participating in networks of practice, and the importance of educators to support learning in formal, informal, and nonformal settings.

    How to capture learning? That still remains a challenge.

    Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink