Welcome to Week 4! This course is flying by isn’t it?!? I have been so impressed with the depth in your reflections. You are being thoughtful about considering educational technology frameworks and new pedagogies, and how they can and do translate practically to your classrooms. Here are a few examples of how you have fostered deeper learning.

Julija explained the importance of “Being an expert in both – teaching subject and technology is great, but collaboration can be even more effective…(for example) designing 3D prototype of race car, printing it out using 3D printer, assembling it and testing its speed to analyze and understand physics laws, and most probably.. comparing your model’s performance with one of you classmate’s – all of this raises students’ motivation really high. This is a time- and effort-consuming process but it gives a lot of benefits.”

Erika reflected upon technology has supported deep learning with her students. “Thanks to technology, students can take more ownership of their learning by finding the resources online on the topic or curricular content they are learning.”

Luiz created a hilarious post littered with Portuguese idiomatic expressions, which has you thinking and laughing together. He certainly has the “the cheese and the knife in his hands.” Check out his awesome Educational Philosophy too that relates to a lot of what Michael Fullan is explaining in “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.”

Unleashing Deep Learning

This week you will be exploring the idea that technology alone does not promote learning. You’ll reflect on the ways in which type of technology supports deeper learning and how you might personalize learning experiences to accommodate learner differences. A helpful starting point might be to take a moment to reflect upon the ISTE standards for Educators. 

  • 5.a. Educators use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • 5.b. Educators design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

“For apart from inquiry, apart from the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

As I think about these standards I am able to make connections to the ideas that Paulo Freire introduced to us in his seminal book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.”  Freire describes five ideas that he believes are important for dialogue.

  • Humility
  • Hope
  • Faith
  • Love
  • Critical thinking

I believe that these ideas are not only fundamental for dialogue between teacher and student, but for learning in its broadest sense. Brene Brown talks in her SXSW video, about The Four Pillars of Courage and how “a daring classroom is a place where both teachers and students commit to choosing courage over comfort.” According to Brown, courage can be developed if these four pillars are present:

  1. Vulnerability
  2. Clarity of Values
  3. Trust
  4. Rising Skills (The ability to get back up when we fall)

When we welcome failure and find the value in discomfort we will be willing to try new things. By modelling this as teachers, and being partners in learning something new, we are showing students we have courage. I am curious to see your thoughts on some of the ways we might foster deeper learning through the modelling of courage in our classrooms, and how technology might play a role.

How might technology support this mindset? How does/might your practice, and the tools you use, promote the choice of courage over comfort?

This week you will be writing a reflective blog post about content and concepts from the week. Check out the My Courses assignment tab for guidance on some of the themes and questions you might want to consider.

By the end of this week you should:

  • Have 4 blog posts completed and linked in your gradesheet
  • Have 4 comments linked in your gradesheet
  • Continue working on your Course 4 final project
  • Be thinking about your Course 5 project and how you might get the process started now.

GET Participants

You’ve almost finished the integrated Google for Education Training! What steps do you need to take in order to become a Google Education Trainer? How might we support you?

You should work through Unit 2 of Google for Education’s Advanced Training: Leverage Learning Models to Personalize Learning. How might the concepts from your COETAIL courses support you in personalizing learning for your students and colleagues? How might you use SAMR to guide professional development that you design?