It's time!  My work at Lamar University is wrapping up.  But my work is just beginning.  It seems like a good time to compile all the different aspects of my learning so far into a single page for faster referencing.  Read through what I've been up to, and click through for more details!  Or, if you prefer, you could just watch a short reflective video.

 

Consider the following elements and aspects of being a digital citizen as described by Ribble (2015):

 

I’m so glad you’re here!  This is just the spot to land if you’re interested in moving towards online or blended technologies in your classroom.  I’d like to share some guiding thoughts with you as you prepare to dream, design, implement, and evaluate any set of online classes or courses.

 

Creating an online presence: a process overview

 

What do you get when you cross a teacher, some students, a few Mobile Learning Devices (MLD's) and a discussion question?  Well, don't wait for a punchline, it's not a joke!  This is what I'm interested in for my Action Research project.  It's been a growing interest of mine to understand how to best integrate MLD's into my classroom environment.

It's happening again!  I've been growing.  This time I've been thinking quite a bit about how Professional Development is done, especially as it relates to the teaching profession.  What has been the most eye-opening about the topic for me personally is the conflict between what is effective and what is practiced.

I’m growing!  This semester has been a great one to learn about leadership locally.  I’ve also done quite a bit of reading on the use of Information Communication Technologies around the globe.  I’ve talked with my classmates at Lamar University about change.  I’ve had some good conversations around the lunch table with my colleagues at my school about w

 

Over the past several weeks, I’ve had to do quite a bit of reflective work.  What do I think learning is?  What would an ideal learning environment be like?  Am I doing things in my classroom that foster the kind of growth that I say I want, or am I just doing what comes the easiest to me?  

 

I chose the image for this post for several reasons.  First, it's currently winter in Wisconsin and having snow in a picture seems somewhat fitting at the moment.  But, if you've ever tried to make a really big snowball, you know how much work it is.  Snow is dense!  If you want to make a car-sized snowball, you're going to need vision, a plan, and lots of help.

 

I thought it would be a good idea to connect all of my ideas for change in one article.  So I think this is deserving of a spot in my ‘big ideas’ section!  Over the past month, I’ve done quite a bit of reading about the changes coming to education.  Some of them, like the ideas of ‘digital badges’, ‘

Please look and listen to my Learning Manifesto.  You'll find that I think the problems we face in education are deep.  But the opportunities to be reached if we will address those issues are glorious.  I'd love to have a chance to talk with you more about my thoughts, if you're interested.

Please look and listen to my reflections as a digital learner and leader.  

This is my reflection on the learning communities that I'm a part of.  Considering the different inputs and outputs to my life is enlightening.  I'm influenced quite a bit more by my faith community than my professional community, which is not altogether surprising.  But I do consume quite a bit of science and technology content in a variety of ways.  I feel this is one of the ways I stay 'fresh' with my understanding as a science and math teacher.

Curtis White, M.S., M.C.E.
High School Faculty
Math, Science, Bible & Computers
Abundant Life Christian School
A Madison Christian School
608.221.1520
Curtis_White@limtw.net