Moving Forward to the Horizon

                While looking out at the horizon, one may see  and think about a lot of different things. One may be perplexed about what the future is to bring. Others may have a more clear vision of what their future looks like. While being a forward thinker, we are constantly looking out upon the horizon of what our future is going to look like and how we can teach to the future. The same goes for this PLE. There is always a horizon coming up that we can reach and I feel as though the horizon for my PLE is going to be a great one. My plans for this site include providing different links for individuals to look at that will provide them with ideas for incorporating technology into the classroom. I think that this is an important concept to add into my site because people are always looking for ideas. I would like my website to be a place where people can come and get some different ideas instead of the same old boring ideas they may have used time and time again. I would also like to incorporate more Moodle courses into my website because I think that this use of technology is a great example for the classroom and also it allows visitors of the site to feel engaged while participating and learning at the same time. “Hands on learning forces student thinking by requiring interpretation of the observed events, rather than memorization of the correct response (Haury & Rillero,  1994).” This quote shows us that hands on learning is much more meaningful than just memorizing information. Allowing more participatory activities will allow individuals to see how helpful technology is instead of just telling them. This is an outline of what my horizon is for my PLE website.

Within the next 6 months:

By the end of April: create at least 3 more blog entries that require thinking about the future of education. These will all be topics about my seven pillars of the future of education that are seen in my vision. I really want to expand upon these more and talk more about how they can be incorporated in the classroom. I have already talked about creativity, but the others are just as important.

By the end of May: At this point, I would like to start engaging more lessons on the site. Since this website is a place for ideas, I feel as though incorporating actual lesson plans that teachers can bring into their very own classrooms instead of just posting ideas, would be a great addition to the website. I really want ease of use when visiting my PLE.

By the end of August: Since the Internet is a wealth of information, I think it is important for my website to also be a wealth of information. There will be a much larger menu because I will have created many more categories of blog entries that can found easily with one or two clicks. Many YouTube videos will also be embedded onto my website for a visual stimulation.

Within the next 12 Months:

In the more distant future, I would like my site to be much more interactive. After laying out all of the information now for you all to observe, I think it is very important for you all to be able to actually participate. I will post at least one more online course through moodle in which I will allow you to participate in some activities revolving around creativity, how creative you are in the classroom, what are some creative websites students can go on, etc. There will also be an interactive piece for students to go come explore the website. There will be areas in which students can come on and see if their teachers are keeping up to today’s standards of technology in their classroom and how they feel their teachers rate when it comes to forward thinking. This will allow teachers to also see a different perspective and adjust their teaching. Collaboration is very helpful in schools so that is why I would like to encorporate it into my site. Take a look at this article that discusses why collaboration is so important.

In conclusion, the horizon of forward-thinkers.org will be one of collaboration, hands on activities, and visual learning. Including all of these different aspects of forward thinking will allow my PLE to completely transform my own personal thinking to become more of a forward thinker and I hope that it can do the same for you!

References

Burns, M. (2011, August 22). Teacher collaboration gives schools better results. Retrieved from http://www.miller-mccune.com/education/teacher-collaboration-gives-schools-better-results-34270/

Haury , D., & Rillero, P. (1994). Perspectives of hands on science teaching. Retrieved from http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/science/eric/eric-2.htm

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LMS approaching!

After a lot of thinking the past couple of days about what I wanted my Learning Management System to look like, feel like, and accomplish. After playing with Moodle for a couple of days, I have realized that creating an online course can be a little bit confusing and it has given me some insight to what goes into making an online class. After much thought I have come to the conclusion that I want my LMS to be somewhat like a springboard for the conversation my website to flow.

Since my PLE is all about thinking toward the future, I thought, what a better way is there than to create an online course involving figuring out how much of a future thinker each individual who visits actually is. I want to create a place where people can come complete a quiz to find out if they are a forward thinker or not. This will allow individuals to see what they need to work on out of the seven pillars that I have included in my vision. When people are taking this quiz, it will be a series of true and false questions that when answered a certain way they will receive a point. At the end, they will see overall out of the different pillars, how they are working toward becoming a future thinker.

I have decided to do things this way because in order to find out how much of a future thinker you are, you need to be aware of where you stand. Once people know where to stand, they can continue to learn on the different forums, webpage links, etc, that I would like to post.

One webpage I would like to post would be
http://www.futureofeducation.com/
This website was introduced to me in a different course and I found it very insightful as to what our education can look like in the future. Students can look at blog articles, participate in forums, etc. This could be a great resource for my LMS and I think it will probably be included in the upcoming weeks.
All of these ideas that I have about the upcoming process, will hopefully create way for an LMS that is worthwhile. I really want people to basically just get a great sense of where they are in the great spectrum of things and how they can begin to move forward. After all, if you don’t know yourself well, how are you going to improve the lives of others in a forward thinking way?References:

Future of Education. (n.d.)Retrieved from www.futureofeducation.com

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Creativity

 

When deciding upon what I wanted my first blog topic to be about, I decided that I would start with something that was often overlooked in education. This topic doesn’t necessarily need to involve technology, however, I feel as though this first topic is a building block for the upcoming future in education. One thing that is often overlooked is creativity. Often times, teachers follow a specific curriculum in order to teach certain topics. These, often provided and scripted lessons, often do not allow room for students to express their creativity. “Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, and an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources, states that rather than nurture and enhance creativity, the current educational system actually stifles it(Creativity in Education, 2008).” If we want to create a society of creative individuals for the future, we need to find some ways to incorporate creativity into the strict curriculums that we already have.

Upon writing this blog, I thought of a few ways that I could personally incorporate creativity into my classroom and I invite others to share their ideas as well. I came to the conclusion that writing is a very simple way to incorporate creativity. Instead of always giving students a topic to write about in a journal for example, it may be beneficial to allow students to write their own ideas. So many times, when students are given that freedom, they have no idea where to begin. This is because students are not used to that creative freedom and have a difficult time focusing their creativity. If we could allow students to do this type of creative thinking more often, it may lead to more creative learners.

Another area that I thought creativity could be incorporated into learning is through science lessons. So many times, science is cut out of the curriculum in order to focus on math and reading. Science is such a creative area that we should try to incorporate this more into every day classroom life. When students are allowed to come up with ways to test certain predictions, this allows for creative thinking. I personally remember in my elementary school days, having to try to create experiments to test certain things. We had to create a lab report and decide which method of experimenting would be most beneficial to our hypothesis. Exploring different ideas allows time for students to test how creative their minds are.

These two  ideas were my two favorite ideas to incorporate creativity into an elementary classroom. I hope others will comment and maybe provide some ways they may know of in order to expand everyone’s knowledge on thinking creatively so we can blast off into our future!

I have also provided this video of Sir Ken Robinson. He has some great innovations that have to do with creativity and his video is wonderful to watch!

 

Reference:

Creativity in education. (2008). Retrieved from http://www.allpsychologycareers.com/topics/creativity-in-education.html

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Welcome!

Welcome to forward-thinkers.org. This is a website for thinkers of the future! I can’t wait to for everyone to explore my PLE and hopefully engage in some meaningful activities to allow all to move toward our future and enhance our education!

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