Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Digital Learning and Teaching

A few weeks ago I attended a brilliant presentation by Dr. Jason Ohler. Dr Ohler presented to us on the topic of new digital narratives and schooling in general. It was fantastic both professionally and personally.

The content was wide ranging but the core information was built around the place of storytelling in learning and the general delights of using technology to bring the stories home. Well, now don't we all know about that.

You can read all about the movement to banish the book reports and all other manner of reports in favor of the narrative at Dr. Ohler's site. But I will highlight the one video we have been watching over and over at our house that makes the best case for it. Hannah and the Fox is a 6 minute presentation by a 4th grader that she wrote and performed. These new artifacts of digital learning are not about the ability to demonstrate you can indent in Powerpoint, nope, you have to be able to write, compose, illustrate and expand information.

I think of this stuff and really feel I should be enjoying our transition to the school years a lot more.

How to animate a rolling ball is pretty awesome too. And, it's my means of celebrating Pi Day.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our distributed learning school has a computer portal that is INSANE. The kids are fully immersed in the whole shebang. Except for my little luddites.

11:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey -- a post is MIA. Where's the uniligual post? Are you redacting me?

11:22 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you indent in PowerPoint, anyway? Never works correctly for me.
- Geoff G.

2:37 p.m.  

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