#COETAIL/ Course1/Week5/# From Theory into Practice

How do you use the learning theories in your everyday practice to support student learning?

I am studying every weekend the COETAIL informational materials and I learned a lot. Recently I applied the concept of  “Connectivism” -asking the students to research more about a theme or an artist that I introduced in the art class. They used the tools of search via the internet and then they posted their new information and their own reflections about that via seesaw.

I live very much the motto of the “connectivism theory” as stated in the article “Connectivism. A theory for the Digital Age”, which said: “Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today”.(George Siemens).

http://er.dut.ac.za/bitstream/handle/123456789/69/Siemens_2005_Connectivism_A_learning_theory_for_the_digital_age.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

I am applying the same principle myself, learning every day and I am trying to set a good example for my students.

Another interesting theory is  Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This theory was revised and updated by his students and published again in this form. 

Common Sense Media created this wonderful video to explain better, Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.

Remember/ Understand/ Apply/ Analyse/ Evaluate/ Create.

At the beginning of my art classes, I usually revise what we did last time(REMEMBER) and try to connect and build the next knowledge on the previews one and to apply in our new work. In this way, we can create a new idea and evaluate it.

Are you starting to notice different things in your classroom/school?

Yes, the children are very engaged and are understanding the task, because I was able to structure it better and clearer. They are proactive, curious and ask me even more questions. I even got to be appreciated by my managers and the school team, school community-parents, which was so encouraging. https://twitter.com/ISBLearning/status/1237577607878545408?s=20

Have you begun modifying what you do in your classroom/school?

Yes, I was implementing more media and planning better ahead, having so many new resources.  Also, the new situation of VLE(Virtual Learning Experience) forced me to jump in the cold water and gave me the chance to explore more media tools, like the seesaw, Quicktime Player, Seesaw, Zoom Meetings, Adobe Spark, Padlet. 

4 Replies to “#COETAIL/ Course1/Week5/# From Theory into Practice”

  1. Hi Simona, I love that you are getting the chance to explore other tools out there and even more important – that you are feeling appreciated. I think this goes a long way- in student learning. When a teacher is feeling capable and confident that what they are doing ( along with being recognized for this ability) is the best for their students, the effect size on their learning is one of the highest. I’m so glad to see another school who has found success with digital learning, (as we start next week) and I absolutely love the twitter video, I hope AASM does something similar.

  2. Hi Simona! I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the different learning theories. I can definately see how you connect with the theory of Connectivism. The example you gave from a recent art class reminds me of how I was able to understand the theory myself. What I understand is people learn through social and cultural contact along with technology to enhance learning. For example, students learn about an artist in the class, but then do more research on their own to learn more about the artist. Afterward, they go back to class and explain their learning to their classmates. By using technology, the students are able to enhance their learning experience.

    People learn through contact. Connecting students with outside sources help students learn. I feel like I do this all of the time. I hear about something like Coronavirus and I talk to the people around me about it, I see how different cultures react to it, and then I use technology to learn more about the virus. By being connected to others we learn. This is why it is important to help students connect to the right people and resources that are going to develop their interests.

    I also checked out some of the fun art activities you have been doing through distant learning on your Twitter page. It is always fun to see what other teachers are doing during this time. What grades are you working with? Do you send one video to multiple grade levels or different videos for different grade levels? I’d love to hear what you are doing!

    1. Hi Andrea,
      Thank you so much for your comment. I am sorry for my late reply. My life is so busy with my two kids at home, VLE, and so many deadlines and we had a Spring Break in between as well where I disconnect a bit from internet to be able to recharge.:) I am teaching from Jr. Preschool until 5th Grade. I have only for Jr and Sr. Preschool the same videos after we saw that not so many children are in a class and some of them are siblings. Sometimes I build on one topic as I did with “Self-Portrait” for a whole elementary and ELC as a theme exhibition for the last week before Spring Break. Now, this week we are back on VLE. I hope to keep in touch and give you more details.

  3. Hi Simona! I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the different learning theories. I can definitely see how you connect with the theory of Connectivism. The example you gave from a recent art class reminds me of how I was able to understand the theory myself. What I understand is people learn through social and cultural contact along with technology to enhance learning. For example, students learn about an artist in the class, but then do more research on their own to learn more about the artist. Afterward, they go back to class and explain their learning to their classmates. By using technology, the students are able to enhance their learning experience.

    People learn through contact. Connecting students with outside sources help students learn. I feel like I do this all of the time. I hear about something like Coronavirus and I talk to the people around me about it, I see how different cultures react to it, and then I use technology to learn more about the virus. By being connected to others we learn. This is why it is important to help students connect to the right people and resources that are going to develop their interests.

    I also checked out some of the fun art activities you have been doing through distant learning on your Twitter page. It is always fun to see what other teachers are doing during this time. What grades are you working with? Do you send one video to multiple grade levels or different videos for different grade levels? I’d love to hear what you are doing!

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