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!
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