Here is a link to the Google Community Group: http://buff.ly/LHdIp5 if you wish to join our group.
Here is a link to my Play PD on my website if you want to read some thoughts of my own: http://coffeeforthebrain.com/category/play-pd/
Step 1: Introductions
We started off with introductions. We had a diverse panels of people who have never met or connected before. The students were various ages and locations as well as the educators. I look forward to watching us connect more and really digging deeper as we become more comfortable with one another.
Lisa Van Gemert @gifted_guru
John Bennett @jcbjr
Toni Oliviera-Barton @toniobarton
Eileen Malick @emalick
Aaron Maurer(me) @coffeechugbooks
Nate Walczyk @natewalczyk
Laurel Braaten @Laurel_Braaten
Ian Coon @iancoon
Justin Sindelar @JustinASindelar
Step 2: Topic: What is the Purpose of Education?
We started off by discussing the following two questions. We left it open and just let it go. We probably could have stayed on those questions for the whole hour.
1. What should students learn in school?
2. Why is this important?
Part 3: Video of spoken word
We viewed the video(you can watch it on the playback or check it out here. We discussed the following afterwards.
Agreements: what aspects of what speaker says do you agree with?
Disagreements: What do you disagree with what the speaker shares?
How does your school align with why the speaker “loves education but hates schooling?”
We did record the discussion so I hope you have time to listen to the chat. I plan on doing more of these and making them better each and every time. If you have a question or topic you would like us to discuss or you want to be part of a future panel please let me know. I would to continue to chat and connect with more educators and students.
Resources, Links, and Chat Ideas
Laurel: (in the chat as her mic was not working) For sure, and I agree. Though we do have groups we still have to focus on the students who learn better individually. We cannot just forget them. Students have different learning abilities and PBL cannot take that away, so some kids find group work extremely hard.
Ian shared out work his school is doing as well
http://www.wolframalpha.com/examples/Chemistry.html for Chemistry Help.
My favorite TED talk is Conrad Wolfram talking about how we need to tech kids how to do math on computers instead of paper: http://youtu.be/60OVlfAUPJg
Sir Ken Robinson gives a TED talk about how our Industrial Era created schools expect to generate Industrial Era students by teaching them the exact same things the exact same way and expect the exact same level of success… Which is killing creativity. http://youtu.be/zDZFcDGpL4U
Lisa Van Gemert wrote an article on sleep that is worth the read and tied in with what we were talking about when discussing teenagers, sleep, focus, and energy. Check this article out! http://bit.ly/zombie-nation
Please let us know what you thought of the discussion. Join the Play and Tinkering PD and chat, leave a comment here, or reach out on Twitter on the #edplay hashtag.
We will be back next week with a Twitter chat as well as details for the next panel discussion.