Sunday, December 29, 2013

Things I've been thinking about in 2013

Today, as we are coming up to the end of the year, I decided I'd look back at the things I've been most interested in learning about in 2013.  When I looked at my blog this morning I was really surprised to find that out of the 4 years that I've been blogging, 2013 was the year that I wrote the fewest blog posts, yet had the biggest number of readers.  In the previous 3 years I'd written about 250 posts each year, this year I've written only 160.  At the moment I can't really think why there should have been such a decrease in my writing.  Perhaps it is because out of all the years I've been blogging I've had the most demands on my time and so had less time/energy to write?  Perhaps it is because I am talking more deeply with the people I am working with and finding less need to write and connect with others outside of my school?  In any case, this past year I think I've thought fairly deeply about many factors that influence learning, and I decided I'd spend the last few days of 2013 re-thinking about these and writing down where my thoughts are now taking me.

These are some of the most important things I've been thinking and learning about this year and that I'll be writing about over the coming days:
  • Inquiry, questioning, design thinking and problem solving - although I've thought about these a lot in isolation too, I think the most powerful way of thinking about these is how they can work together.
  • The connection between innovation, creativity and play.  This also connects with what I'm learning about the maker movement.
  • Personalizing learning, giving students more voice and choice - and how BYOD or BYOM can enhance learning.
  • The NETS standards - for students, teachers and coaches - and whether badges can play a role in promoting and recognizing student achievement and teacher PD.
I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts about all these over the next few blog posts.

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