Quote: “In the new information economy, expertise is less about having a stockpile of information or facts at one's disposal and increasingly about knowing how to find and evaluate information on a given topic” (p.93). I chose this quote because it really gave me perspective on what learning is like today. I love the idea of changing what questions into where can I find the information questions and then exploring and analyzing the findings.
Question: The question that I continuously come back to and struggle with is, “Is there a point or benefit from teaching students concepts that can easily be looked up?”
Connection: The connection I made from this chapter involves the idea of play. This is something I am exploring and trying to implement more into my classroom. I feel as if this idea is there but harder to implement. The internet is helping me to find more ways to use it and resources for making it fun and enriching for the students.
Epiphany: My aha moment came when the author describes play as a way to bridge the gap between what we know and what we want to achieve. I think this is an awesome way to describe what the point of hands-on, inquiry-based activities are striving to do. Play is a way to explore the concepts and theories of education while also allowing students to do it in their own way.
Quote: “The richness of experience and social agency produced by hanging out and the sense of embodiment and personal agency created by messing around, combined with the sense of making, produces what we think is the ultimate goal of indwelling: learning” (p.104). I love the way this quotation brings Ito’s three ideas together to paint the picture of how young people are learning through social media in today’s society.
Question: How do I use these three ideas in a classroom when a large chunk of what I teach is dictated by state and national standards?
Connection: I personally connect with Ito’s three ideas from this class, EDSS 530. Last semester we earned our “hanging out badge” by becoming residents of social media while this semester we are earning our messing around and geeking out badges by exploring our interests through social media and creating a collective.
Epiphany: I think my epiphany from this chapter was just realizing where the terms “hanging out,” “messing around,” and “geeking out” come from. It makes the different badges we are completing in this course much more meaningful.
Quote:” Accordingly, the culture that emerges, the new culture of learning, is a culture of collective inquiry that harnesses the resources of the network and transfer them into nutrients within the petri dish environment, turning it into the space of play and experimentation” (p.118). This quotation, on the last page of the book, perfectly summarizes the connection between the changing environment of learning with an almost unlimited supply of information, and then using that to fuel learning through play and inquiry.
Question: How can I bring more play into my science classroom?
Connection: The overarching connection I have made from the ideas presenting in this book is to the Next Generation Science Standards. I think, to the best of their ability, the writers of the new science standards have incorporated many of these ideas into the “best practices” for teaching science. They have emphasized the need for inquiry, hands-on exploration of the material, and using technology as a tool and resource. I hope to use this in my classroom as much as possible in hopes of engaging as well as teaching my students where and how they can play while learning.
Epiphany: This book made me realize that play is and should be a part of learning. We are in a time when students can create their own learning and therefore explore their own passions. This is something I plan to cultivate in my classroom and help mold my students into lifelong learners.