Creating digital learning farms instead of school classrooms comes from the idea that children used to contribute to the family farm via chores. Everyone on the farm had a job to do and these jobs fullfilled a human need to contribute to the community as a whole, giving purpose to the individuals behind the work. Success of the community was dependent upon each and every individual no matter the age. November suggests designing classroom, or digital farm, roles for students to build on this concept. (Check out his article on November Learning for more detailed information.) The roles are:
- Curriculum Reviewers
- Tutorial Designers
- Collaboration Coordinators
- Official Scribes
- Contributors to Society
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano published an incredible chart of iPad apps relative to these jobs on her Langwitches Blog.
Notes: Digital Learning Farms - Alan November
- Farms - everyone has a role, contributes
- Wouldn't it be great if schools worked this way
- Youtube video on Daniel Pink's book, Drive.
- 3 things to increase motivation- purpose, autonomy and mastery
- Purpose - work you do must not only be for yourself
- Autonomy - individual can make their own decisions
- Mastery - go deep into a subject, develops passion
- These three things are largely missing from school for children.
- How to avoid the pitfall - what do i need to do to get an A and then they do no more
- Put teachers who are passionate about teaching into this type of system that doesn't motivate and then you have disaster on all parts. It isn't the teachers fault.
- mathtrain.tv teacher built a library of student designed tutorials. Question - are we underestimating what students can do. None of the tutorials on this website have been graded.
- NEVER GRADE CREATIVE WORK - It is demotivating
- Look at prime factorizationAnother kid says I want to learn this from this video and this kid because my teacher explains things like I already know them. Plus, the video has a rewind button.
- What is going on? Kids will work hours instead of minutes because they have purpose (created for an audience) indicated by the many students who state - thanks for listening
- Create an opportunity for your work to be valued throughout the world
- Assign work that allows children to add value to the world
- First five days of school -
- Day 1. Build capacity for all kids to contribute- every kid learns how to use a screen casting tool so we can teach children how to design tutorials
- Day 2. Official scribe for the day by using ipad to take photos and video to document and reflect on learning collaborating on notetaking together
- Day 3. Advanced research skills - teach how to get the best content from anywhere in the world so students know what quality looks like
- Day 4. Teach children how to think globally by becoming global researches - teach diigo and contribute to a library of researchers. Diigo is an important source for students to use in this world to think globally. Diigo also avoids the pitfall of every kid out for himself by creating a community of learners building a library of resources
- Didn't get day 5
- Teach children how to:
- Collaborate on notetaking
- Build a database on the best student work created
- Make documentaries
- Build a library together using DIIGO
- Kid searched iranian hostage crisis. Point out there are no sources from iran. Would you agree there are iranian points of view different from our own. Show kids how to search via country code lists
- Change the search because iranians wouldnt call it iranian hostage crisis better search : "american hostage crisis":ir
- You must get the other point of view or you will mess it up, you will never understand what you are doing.
- It is no longer sufficient to not teach other points of view.
- Site:k12.*.us. Follow this after a search to find teacher websites
- We should be teaching kids how to look up stuff
Cheat Sheet For Search Operators
Google Guide for Queries
A Google A Day