Week 3: Engaging the Imaginations of Digital Learners

Praying Mantis on Tinker Cliffs

Now that we’ve thought about networked learning as experiential learning it’s time to think about how we learn and how the web has facilitated a shift in the way we think about different kinds of learning and learning experiences. The readings for next week develop some of the ideas we addressed in class about participatory cultures, gaming, and arc of life learning. Different people (teachers and students) respond to learning environments in their own unique way and there is no “one size fits all” approach to engaging today’s student. But most people  agree that imagination is an essential component of motivation, and next week is all about firing up the imagination for digital learners. For your posts, please read the materials and write about whatever issue (or set of issues) resonates with you the most.

Depending on how our time goes today, we may introduce Hypothes.is, a powerful web annotation tool that can support you research and teaching. If we don’t get to it this week, we’ll take it up next time. If you’re feeling adventurous, please check out Hypothes.is (watch the video, install the plugin in your browser) and feel free to start annotating.

This should be an interesting session, and I am eager to read what you have to say.

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