So I think I’ve decided what it is that I will be doing on Staff Development Day for Term 3. I think I have …
I was inspired by a keynote at the Office of Schools Conference last week. We were shown a video of a TED talk by Tom Wujec who explains how he uses the Marshmallow Challenge to encourage reflection on the nature of collaboration and innovation. The TED talk can be viewed here. There is also an official site for the challenge that can be viewed here.
Like many other delegates, I was inspired to bring the Marshmallow challenge to my staff. I mean, it just looks like heaps of fun – but I also ‘get’ what it’s teaching the participants.
As you probably already know (and if you don’t, just check out my last couple of posts) I have been feeling unsure as how to best approach teacher professional development. I feel that I have taken the ‘inspirational’ angle as well as the ‘stand and deliver’ angle as far as they can go. I’m up to the ‘let’s play’ stage of our collective shift from 2oth century teachers to 21st century educators. I want to engage my learners – I want them to be active. So far it’s been entirely passive and often this results in ‘OK. cool – but I don’t think I could do that. I wish I could, but I know I can’t’. I’m going for risk – force them to confront the awkward moment when you know something must be produced – kids get this often. As teachers, we forget.
I’m going to plan this one proper, just like (I think) I was told to at uni.
Students develop an understanding of:
- why technology is a useful tool to enhance learner engagement
- why technology is a useful tool to enable communication between learners
- why technology is a useful tool to enable collaboration between learners
- why technology is a useful tool to enable and encourage creativity
- which software applications and web 2.0 applications can be used for the above
- the power of group work (collaboration) to enhance learner engagement
- the need for facilitation over straight instruction
- the benefits of the Tight Loose Tight strategy for blended learning
- instruct learners on the outcomes of the lesson (see above)
- explain the purpose of blogs
- explain/demonstrate how to access BlogED
- explain/demonstrate the use of edmodo as a communication/collaboration/reflection tool
- explain the purposeful use of mobile phones in the classroom
- explain the rules of the Marshmallow Challenge
- assist learners by walking and talking to students as they work
- facilitate reflection and discussion at the close of the workshop
- listen to trainer instructions re: blogs and tasks
- watch video on blogging
- work together in cross-faculty groups to create towers made from marshmallows
- take photographs of their towers on mobile phones
- send photos to DERvice via bluetooth, mms/email
- post photos of Marshmallow towers to DER edmodo group
- create a simple blogED blog reflecting on process of creating tower – can use video – OneNote, audio – audacity, images – mobiles phones, text, comic strip – toondo etc
- post a link to their blog on edmodo for other learners
- comment on other group blogs
- vote on best tower (tallest, ugliest, most creative, biggest fail) using polls on edmodo
1. Bianca’s brief intro – explaining connect, collaborate, create (again) as well as Tight Loose Tight (5-10 mins)
2. Watch blog video (5 mins)
3. Hand out ‘Marshmallow Tower Kits’ and explain rules of the project. (5 mins)
4. Explain outcomes of the task – not just the tower but the blog post w/ multimedia and edmodo posts. (5 mins)
5. Groups work on their project. (30-40 mins)
6. Awarding of prizes. (10 mins)
7. Reflection in the form of group discussion and posts on edmodo applying this to their classrooms. (until bell)
So, what do you think? I haven’t been brave enough to add up the minutes – lol. I think it’ll be too optimistic. I just want teachers of different creative and technical competencies to work together. I want to break down the barriers. I want them to play. I want them to see that learning can be fun.
Will this work or can you see MASSIVE holes in my planned presentation?
PS: I know this isn’t the direction I was going in the other day, lol.