Quote: “Play provides the opportunity to leap, experiment, fail, and continue to play with different outcomes - in other words to riddle one’s way through a mystery.” pp. 98
Question: I’m teaching logarithms right now and am having trouble coming up with ideas on how to have students play and explore logarithms. The idea of a logarithm came about as being the inverse of an exponential function but how could I have students create that ideas themselves?
Connection: I play all the time when I am creating code or making things for my car. I love the idea of creating something unique and very personal. I also love the process of making, figuring out how to make it and create it, what did I do wrong and what did i do right. My last project was to design and then build a surfboard rack for my bicycle. I first started with some research (mostly through youtube, my favorite learning resource) and got some ideas that might work. I then went to home depot and bought a bunch of pvc pipe and some clamps to hold the pvc to the bicycle. The end product was awesome! I could ride my bike down to the beach with my surfboard, but the rack only lasted for two week. I was riding down to swamis and wasn’t paying attention and I accidentally ran into a street light and broke the rack. I plan on making it again and even better!
Epiphany: I need to fuel my students natural curiosities and let them play with the ideas that are presented in my class.
Quote: “these three practices could frame a progression of learning that is endemic to digital networks” pp. 100
Question: Seeing these three progressions, I was wondering where am I at on the scale when it comes to incorporating technology into my classroom and developing my personal learning network? I love the idea of mastery learning and assessment, but how can I convince other teachers (coworkers) that this system has value?
Connection: Its funny that the badges in our technology class are the same as the three levels of progression of learning that is suggested in the book. I was curious what level I would consider myself in some of the digital communities that I follow and participate in. Right now I’m obsessed with lifehacker and following their posts and their blog that they run. However I rarely contribute to the discussions that they have on their website. I mostly just take the information that they post to their blog. I would consider myself as just hanging out with that community. In most communities I think I fall in the haning out level, and I would like to keep advancing in my progression of the three levels of learning, especially in communities that I enjoy.
Quote: “while players defeat bosses, kill monsters, coordinate raids, find new armor and read blogs, wikis, and forums, learning happens, too.”
Question: So this quote talks about learning happening while players are playing games and advancing in the game, my question is what kind of learning is happening?
Connection: I have played world of warcraft (demo) and understand the idea of the game and the challenges that players face to advance in the game. I could see how the interactions in the game and also finding information to help players progress is beneficial to a child’s development, but my little brother spends way too much time playing this game and not working on more important things like homework and spending time outdoors. I can tell that this game has taken a toll on his social skills because he sometimes doesn’t know how to react appropriately when put in awkward situations.
Epiphany: The quote suggests learning happening, that learning can be how to find information to help you advance in the game (PLN) and interact in an online situations and planning events (raids).