Thursday, April 16, 2015

Notes and Quotes from the Blended Learning Bootcamp

This past week I visited Concordia University Wisconsin to help facilitate a blended learning boot camp on behalf of the Center For Urban Education Ministries. It was enjoyable having a view similar to the image on the left to take in throughout our time in Mequon.

Here are some notes and quotes that I gleaned from my time at this boot camp. While I was helping to facilitate this event, it was a time for learning for me as well. These notes and quotes are listed in no particular order. I hope you find something of relevance and interest in this list:
  • "Chaotic control" is what should be happening in a classroom where there are rich learning and inquiry activities.
  • "Failure means something different when one plays a game using technology. The computer does not make a judgment."
  • How could teachers learn and your learning community be enhanced if students provided professional development for teachers from time to time?
  • When starting a pilot program of any kind, start where there is fertile ground.
  • Take a look at for ideas and strategies for implementing blended learning.
  • Great formative assessment question: On a scale of 1 to 10, how are you feeling about what we are doing? What needs to be done to move this up a notch or two?
  • "Nail it before you scale it."
  • One high school I know is using Schmoop to assist the preparation for SAT, ACT, and AP tests.
  • Keep asking, "What do we want our graduates to look like and be?"

Finally, adapting school and classroom design while still teaching may feel a little like this:

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