In Becoming we wanted you to engage in at least THREE Projects with an educational twist – we wanted you to get something from EACH PROJECT – something that would help you as an Education Studies student now – and as an educationalist in the future.
For EACH project that you submit – think about:
What you did – what project did you undertake and why? What did you get from doing it? How has the process helped you learn things that are useful to you as a student now – and that you will remember and use as an educationalist in the future?
We asked you to choose three from our suggestions or devise your own – here’s what and how:
Blogging Project: Write to learn
We argued that weekly blogging would help you to learn the course material and write better essays – so we asked you to set up your own personal blog – and to write something each week about the course. IF YOU DID THAT – then ONE of your projects could be BLOGGING!!
FOR THE PORTFOLIO: Did you blog? Did it help? What tips would you pass on to other students about blogging and writing?
We asked you to investigate the university’s formal and informal learning spaces – and to present your findings in an interesting way: as a poem or a jigsaw puzzle – as knitting or a 3D object – as a Cabinet of Curiosity or a collage… and then we asked you all to put on a MULTIMODAL EXHIBITION in W7 of the course… to showcase your creativity and your learning.
FOR THE PORTFOLIO: Did you do something for this exhibition? Did it help build your understanding of learning and learning spaces? What did you learn – what will you do about it when a teacher yourself?
Develop a Digital Me
The whole world is digital, it is multi-modal – it is text + image + sound + movement… We asked you all to prepare a Digital Me – an animation or a video or a comic book – and to REFLECT ON WHAT YOU LEARNED BY DOING THAT – then we had another Exhibition.
FOR THE PORTFOLIO: Did you do something for this exhibition? Did it help build your understanding of making a digital thing – of being a student in a digital world – of learning and virtual learning spaces? What did you learn – what will you do about it when a teacher yourself?
End of year Performance
For the last few weeks of the course – we asked you to take over the class – and do something a bit creative and a bit educational. It was fantastic!! BUT – what did you do – and what did you get from it all?
FOR THE PORTFOLIO: Did you do a PERFORMANCE in these last few weeks? Did it help build your understanding of learning, teaching and assessment? Did it help you to better understand learning and learning spaces? What did you learn – what will you do about it when a teacher yourself?
OTHER PROJECTS YOU MAY HAVE DONE
Big Reading Project – Make it fun
Art and Artists
Writers and writing
You could choose from the projects above – but we also invited you to set your own learning project for the year: “I’m asking my students to take 25-50 hours and learn something new…, I want my students to explore a few things.
- Learn a skill, concept or idea you know very little or nothing about but that you’re interested in learning
- Document the learning. Write about it, video tape, audio record, whatever.
- Consider all the sources you use to learn. Collect those resources.
- Take an early baseline snapshot of your understand at the beginning and another one at the end. Compare and analyze.”
This site tells how – and shares some cool learning journeys: http://ideasandthoughts.org/2011/09/13/the-learning-project/ “
GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY!!
Tom & Sandra