Applying Gilly Salmon’s 5-stage model

Our Community of Practice read and discussed Gilly Salmon’s 5-stage model and thought about how we could use it with our mobile projects. It’s a great flexible framework to use to scaffold students into online/mobile learning environments.  It does take time to go through all of the stages, but as Salmon’s research over the last decade or so shows, you need access and motivation before people are comfortable to socialise, they need to socialise before they are comfortable to exchange information – and so on – until they are happily co-constructing knowledge and developing their learning outside the confines of the LMS.

A free e-book that has great learning activities is Adding Some TEC Variety by Curtis Bonk and Elaine Khoo.  I’m not so familiar with this one, but it has a lot of great ideas in it to motivate learners.

Thanks Gilly, Curtis and Elaine for your research and for writing and publishing it so that we and our learners can benefit.

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Thinking about time to play and make mistakes

We’ve been having discussions about how to make time to play with mobile devices.  We are all so busy, and yet play is such a great way to learn.   Alongside that is that it’s OK to make mistakes.  We have to be able to try things, get them wrong, and keep trying in order to learn.

I watched my 8 year old with a guitar.  She hasn’t had any lessons.  She has a book which she has been using to teach herself some chords.  She plays her guitar upside down, she plays it with the neck pointing to the sky and her head hanging off the couch, then she gets up and stands beside it.  Each time she changes how she plays it, she notices that the sound is different.  She is the same when she is playing with a stick or with Garageband on the iPAD.  She experiments and tries things out.  She explores the affordances of everything.  She isn’t bound by a knowledge of the correct way to use things, and so she learns much more about them, and far more quickly than I do.

What do you do to make time to play?  How do you make time to get to grips with your mobile devices?  How do you allow yourself to make mistakes?

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How do we learn to be fluent in mobile literacies?

We’ve been talking a lot about how we learn to use technology.  How do we get over the fear of getting things wrong, of making mistakes, of looking silly?  What needs to be in place in order for us to get past those barriers that keep us technologically not as literate as we would like to be?  It takes time.  We need help.  Can someone else do it for us?  I don’t believe so.  I think that we have to get in there, get our hands dirty and learn from experience.  What do you think?  #NPF14LMD

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Thinking about pedagogical agility

Our project is going really well. We have a great team who are really engaged and working constructively. Our ethics application has been approved, and the first week of teaching is underway.

The Ako Aotearoa Colloquium in Wellington was inspirational.  I loved hearing from people involved in research projects that benefit learners.  Dr Peter Coolbear reminded us that institutions are constructs, and they can be changed.

I was thinking about all of the myriad of contexts that our students and teachers work in, and how we are looking at using mobile learning to bridge some of these contexts. It got me thinking about pedagogical agility – the ability to adapt pedagogically to new learners, new situations, new tools.

Our students and teachers need to be pedagogically agile in order to negotiate the rapidly changing educational environments in which they find themselves. My hope is that our project will be useful through exploring and researching aspects of that agility.

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