Quote/explain - “In the new information economy, expertise is less about having a stockpile of information or facts at one’s disposal and increasingly about knowing how to find and evaluate information on a given topic” (93).
Question - How do we get kids to stop looking for right answers and start using the information that they have and expanding on it?
Connection - Instead of drilling kids with information to memorize, we should be teaching them that they can move further than memorizing and actually DO something with the information they get. Creating critical thinkers. In the Wagner text, he was talking about how, in the workplace, employers were not necessarily looking for candidates that knew everything there was to know about a given topic, but were looking for those who could be innovators and creators, taking the information they knew and actually doing something with it...
Epiphany - Two words: standardized testing. When I read this quote, I immediately thought of standardized testing and NCLB. This statement is negating teaching solid facts (that would later be regurgitated via fill in the bubble) and moving more towards teaching how to “find and evaluate information.”
Chapter 8 - Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out
“What is my relationship to others?” (102)
“What am I able to explore?” (103)
“How can I utilize the available resources, both social and technological, for deep exploration?” (105)
Question - How can we teach our students how to “hang out, mess around, and geek out”?
Connection - The connection with this chapter is the 530 class. Throughout the semester, we have been building relationships with others via technology (blog posts, twitter, Google+), we have been exploring our different options in the technological world, and we have been utilizing new resources that we have found to help us teach in an ever-changing technological world.
Epiphany - HEY! Did anyone notice the name of this chapter inspired the names for our 530 stinking badges?!
Chapter 9 - The New Culture of Learning for a World of Constant Change
Quote/explain - “But while players defeat bosses, kill monsters, coordinate raids, find new armor, and read blogs, wikis, and forums, learning happens, too” (115).
This quote is about World of Warcraft and how, while playing a fun and interactive game, people are continuously learning through the game and the connections that they make.
Question - How do we get other educators/administrators/politicians to jump on board the “new culture of learning” train?
Connection - I think it’s really awesome how the author is using something extremely well known, World of Warcraft, to explain the complexity of the new culture of learning. It shows how this online game connects the player to tons of people through actually playing with the people, joining guilds, researching gameplay, etc. and actually helps the learning process. It’s justifying playing video games! This chapter brought the entire book into perspective!
Epiphany - Well, now I want to play World of Warcraft...