It was exciting today to offer a group of colleagues a technology tool for exploration, experimentation and most importantly experiential learning for professional growth and a focused purpose. In my observation, adults can be just like the kids! Hand them a piece of technology and watch them play, ask questions and begin to learn. For the most part, curiousity and inquisitiveness bubbles to the surface, especially when you have others nearby to share in your experience.
The rationale for giving the twenty participants on the HWDSB 21st Century Fluencies Advisory Committee an eReader is to bring a focus on our learning through the use of a piece of technology. It’s about an intentional blend of learning with a device and as the chair of the committee, my hope is that we have engaged and intrigued members on many fronts.
The beginning of our learning road map will focus on these intial goals:
- To engage in dialogue around professional reading including face to face and web 2.0 methods
- To provide an opportunity to experience reading through an eReader
- To augment professional reading pertaining to the 21st-century fluencies and teaching and learning in the digital age
- To increase awareness of reading materials available for loan from the HWDSB, the Hamilton Public Library, and for purchase from various locations
- To discuss the experience of using eReaders for professional learning
- To dialogue openly about our learning experience
- To discuss the teaching and learning potential of the device as it relates to student and staff engagement and learning
Posted on our wiki, committee members were left with a list of six things to do in preparation for a hands-on learning session at the end of May. At that time, we will also select our initial texts for shared reading and review guiding questions. It’s going to be interesting to see how each committee member internalizes the use of an eReader as a tool for individual as well as group learning. More posts to come! I welcome your advice, comments, resources and experiences.