Hi, my name is Sharnelle and I’ll be live blogging Digital Learning Reimagined. This is the Chang School’s inaugural event and it sold out several days ago. #ChangSchoolTalks
Hi, i'm Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues and will also be live blogging Digital Learning Reimagined, which is bringing out people from all over the country.
Digital Learning Reimagined will be starting in 20 minutes.
Interesting fact: proceeds from #ChangSchoolTalks goes towards Ryerson's Spanning the Gap bursary for post-secondary students.
Professor at Ryerson, Jeanne Maurer, says that she's interested in learning about massive online open courses (MOOC).
Award-winning Broadcast Journalist, Arlene Bynon, will be the master of ceremonies for today's event.
A young student in a "Generation Z" shirt is introducing the event by exploring the relevancy of technology in the classroom.
This 13-year-old, a "digital native," got his first smart phone when he was only nine years old! "Digital and social media will only become more prominent as the years go on," he says.
Audrey Watters (@AudreyWatters) is now taking the stage to discuss "The Future of Learning."
Watters says her least favourite phrase is "disruptive innovation" #ChangSchoolTalks
Fun fact: Watters explores education technologies on her blog, Hack Education (hackeducation.com). #ChangSchoolTalks
Watters says the fear of robots taking over our jobs is a rational, old fear— not a new idea just because Elon Musk says so. #ChangSchoolTalks
Watters says that there's a tension between innovation and conservation of educational technology.
Great talk from Audrey Watters. Stephen Downes (@Downes), co-creator of the massive online open course (MOOC), will now be speaking on "Personal Learning in a Networked World."
Watters final sentiment is that incorporating the digital medium in education isn’t simply about efficiency. "It should be about something transformative."
However, new versions of old models don't produce new results, Downes says.
Students today are looking for education that is more meaningful and practical. They are looking for an education that reflects the world we live in today, says Downes.
Downes says,"the idea you can control through design is an illusion."
What's important is that the personal isn’t designed, Downes explains. "It is built and based on your own needs and desires."
Downes says he did not want to structure MOOCs as a traditional speak-and-tell, linear format, but rather a network.
Downe says MOOC students are at the centre of the networked world, meaning students have control over what they learn and can design their own education based on their interests and goals.
Great talk from MOOC's Stephen Downes! The next #ChangSchoolTalks speaker is George Veletsianos (@veletsianos). His talk: "Emerging Academic Practices in Online Learning Environments."
Veletsianos says online and open learning are emerging trends in education. "Open learning" refers to an education system that relies on the sharing of information and educational material.
"Research into online learning is becoming more interdisciplinary," according to Veletsianos.
Technology is socially shaped, says Veletsianos. When people create technology, they embed their beliefs and assumptions into that technology.
He poses the example of if he were a developer creating a discussion board for a classroom . If he believed the professor is the ultimate authority, then the technology would be limited in that only the professor could start discussions.
On the other hand, he says that a developer who believes the classroom is an open space would allow both the professors and students to start discussions. #ChangSchoolTalks
Jeremy Friedberg from @spongelab will now be talking about "Critical Thinking Through Game-based Learning." Do educational games have a place in the classroom?
Friedberg withdrew from education because it didn't suit his learning style. He says his son learns from building and doing, but his daughter is perfectly designed for today's education system.
Friedberg asks, "What is the purpose of 'going to school?'" and questions what we are actually trying to achieve through today's education system.