Saturday, May 14, 2011

When Learning Becomes An Event

I had a fantastic week of connecting, sharing and learning with many colleagues from around the province of Manitoba as I attended the Riding The Wave conference out in Gimli. It's always a treat getting together face to face with like-minded educators, and I often find that (for me, anyway) some of the richest learning experiences take place between sessions as participants reflect over a cup of coffee and extend their own learning.

I was invited to present a couple of sessions at this year's conference. You'll find one of these two sessions below - 'When Learning Becomes An Event'. I've been thinking a lot about how I learn and how our students learn. This session proved to be an opportunity to take participants on a little journey to explore the idea of extending the learning by celebrating even the little things that happen in our classrooms and in our schools.

There's been so much talk in recent years about '21st Century Skills'. It's time for less talk and more doing. Teachers and students need to see tangible ways of incorporating social media into the teaching and learning that takes place in their classrooms.

If you just want to poke through my slidedeck, you can find it posted on Slideshare. However, I think you'll find that the content just isn't complete without the narrative. For that very reason, I recorded a screen capture of the actual presentation which you can watch right here...

If you're willing to take the time to view my presentation (about 70 minutes), I hope you'll take two extra minutes and post your own reflections, questions, comments, etc...


Mrs.Malkoske said...

I have to start by saying that I love the title of this presentation. I think it shows passion and excitement for learning and that’s why I was drawn to it.
When kids come to know and understand something new, when they learn to do something they couldn’t do before, when they can explain their thinking to others, it’s awesome. It’s magical. It’s a big deal. I think it’s my job to honour their work, celebrate with them, and to show them it’s a big deal worth sharing with the world. Learning is an event that needs to be shared outside of the four walls of a classroom.
Thanks for sharing Andy.

Bret said...

I agree completely with the title-In our attempt to align to standards I think we've lost the experiential aspect that makes learning enjoyable to students and not obligatory. Also, your job sounds like a dream.