What's next?

Digital Learning Farm

My goal for the next few years is to develop a digital learning farm as my classroom model. I learned about this in Alan November's Who Owns The Learning

The purpose of this model is to allow students more choice and ownership over the information we use, what they do with it, and reflection on what they learned. After all, it's their education. 

The effect of this model is not really about Technology. It's about ownership of one's education and building community while acquiring and practicing critical thinking skills. 

So far, I've taught my students these four classroom roles. The roles establish routine tasks that individuals complete for the class. For example, the note-taker makes notes on a Google Doc that all students have access to. The factchecker follows the note-taker by fixing spelling checking dates, and adding links relevant to Google searches, etc.    

Classroom Roles
    1. Note-taker
    2. Fact Checker
    3. Global Collaborator
    4. Curriculum Reviewer
    5. Tutorial Designers

YouTube Channel

Videos are the go to for 21st Century learners. Since kids watch a lot of YouTube videos outside of class, it only makes sense to provide short videos related to our lessons. 

My channel is a work in progress. It's organized by unit playlists and includes a mixture of videos I've created, as well as professional quality videos by History Channel, Crash Course, and other history teachers.  


Professional Learning Network

Developing a professional learning network on Twitter is helpful. It's a great way to connect with many educators throughout the world in one online space. A lot of the weekly chats address relevant topics with hundreds of points of view contributing at once. Twitter is also something many of my students use regularly, so it's important that I understand the issues they face using this particular social media platform. It's fun, too.