INF530 Critical Reflection

As I sit and reflect on my thoughts on INF530 I began to revisit my notes I had taken early in the semester and in particular my first blog post. The exert below was taken from my original thoughts where I quoted Mark Prensky (Prensky, 2001) and his thoughts on digital natives.

It seems appropriate that I ended up using this quote and theme in my end digital essay as I came to wrap my head around some of the concepts within the course. Prensky’s views on digital natives in comparison to digital immigrants was a turning point in my beginning of my knowledge around our students and how they learn (Prensky, 2001). Through further reading I began to umpack my students and how they learnt and made the link with later modules around creativity and game based learning in an article entitled ‘Do They Really Think Differently? (Prensky & Berry, 2001). At points this semester I felt perplexed with the overwhelming nature of starting a new degree and taking all the information in while having no face to face conversations in the form of a tutorial. However, with time, I began to realise the discussions taking place in the form as blog posts, comments, tweets and discussion forums was just as rich.

Module two discussed knowledge flow and the information environment and was the content very new to me. As I discussed in my blog the taxonomies of learners took my back to my undergraduate degree in education. The comments on my blog allowed me to take my learning further as Julie suggested I take a look at Andrew Church’s Blooms Digital Taxonomy. The image below from Andrew Church (Church, n.d.) discussed the communication skills behind the taxonomy which could be used within my current context. I found connections when Church mentioned collaborating as a higher order communication skill and I made links as I completed my digital essay on capabilities and soft skills in the work environment. The content was starting to form a series of links in my mind.

Andrew Church – Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

Module five discussed creativity and I once again made connections with the possibilities of using capabilities rather than outcomes which came through my current context at St Luke’s Catholic School Marsden Park and I placed the below thread on the discussion forum.

I brought my prior knowledge of creativity to what I had learnt through the module. As you can see from the topic discussions below the ability to discuss with others throughout the forum proved beneficial.

The way Samuel weaved his discussion, see screenshot above from the discussion forum, into creativity based on recent work from Jane Hunter (2018), allowed the conversation to have a new lens for myself. One in which I began to question how the inquiry cycle of learning could fit into allowing students to be creative. I enjoyed learning about creativity and education and found links with my other course subject for this semester INF541.

“Learning in a digital age requires practitioners who understand education imperatives in local and global settings, and who can demonstrate an agile response to novel technologies that may catalyse learning (Lindsey, 2018). The final module in the course INF530 summarised all my knowledge that I had learnt throughout the modules and allowed me to reflect.

The video above that highlighted the ‘Future of Learning’ by Mark Treadwell, summarised my thinking as I reflected on growth my throughout the course and my digital essay. Students live in a changing world and our school system needs to begin to reflect that. Students need to be able to collaborate, manage themselves, identify problems and have the ability to think and question to succeed in this world (Treadwell, 2017). These capabilities are beginning to be reflected in some aspects of education.

INF530 allowed for a foundational understanding of the connected world personally developing my understanding around communication, creativity and future learning tools.

Reference List:

Church, A. (n.d.). Bloom’s Digital Technology. Retrieved from http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s%20Digital%20Taxonomy

Hunter, J. (2018). Technology integration and high possibility classrooms: building from TPACK. New York Routledge.

Lindsey, J. (2018) Concepts and Practices for a digital Age. In Reimagining education in the digital age. [INF530 Modules: Topic 5] Retrieved from Charles Sturt University website: https://interact2.csu.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_34205_1&content_id=_1975594_1&mode=reset

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants part 1. On the horizon, 9(5), 1-6.

Prensky, M., & Berry, B. D. (2001). Do they really think differently. On the horizon, 9(6), 1-9.

Treadwell, M. (2017) The Future of Learning. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t64KgFZcTmc

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