Quote: "But when we asked Sam what it meant to be a good member of the Scratch community, we were surprised by his answer. It had nothing to do with building games or posting animations. Instead, Sam told us that the single most important thing was to "not be mean" in your comments and to make sure that you commented on something good when you came across it, as well. The game does not just teach programming; it cultivates citizenship". (pg 116) The reason for this selection is because it proves that learning does not only take place in a classroom. If you give a student the freedom to explore things around his surroundings he/she will learn immensely.
Question: How can we apply this "New Culture of Learning" in our classrooms when there isn't enough technology or resources to go along?
Connection: This chapter talks about collaborating with other people across the world to create ideas that will be beneficial to our learning. Our technology class (EDSS 530) works similar to where we connect with other people that relate to the subjects that we are teaching. We have to follow people in our Google + account to help us become better teachers in the long run.
Epiphany/Aha: The thing that intrigued me the most is when Allen was able to Google the error code his computer displayed when it crashed. When searching it gave him multiple resources to figure out the solution to his problem. He didn't even have to attend a class about computer programming to become an expert and eventually starting his own business. This relates to my teaching because I can Google a certain topic about my subject and I can find multiple sources that can help me develop great lessons and develop teaching instructions.
Chapter 2: A TALE OF TWO CULTURES
Quote: "A second difference is that the teaching-based approach focuses on teaching us about the world, while the new culture of learning focuses on learning through engagement within the world."(Location 371) I chose this quote for this chapter since I love the fact that the "New Learning" is about learning through what is presented in front of us and to be able to learn from out mistakes, as oppose to learning from other peoples mistakes in the past.
Question: How do we change this learning environment when we don't have the help of our administrators or the support from the parents?
Connection: This chapter talks about joining a culture and thriving on change to create further change. I find this as a connection of what we are doing in our clinical practice because we are needed to thrive in this new culture that we were placed and creating a changing experience that will help us in the future when becoming a teacher.
Epiphany/Aha: To embrace what we don't know and come up with great questions in order to learn more. This relates to my teaching practice because I have to embrace the things I do not know (e.g., technology, standards, common core) to establish a fantastic learning environment.
Chapter 3: EMBRACING CHANGE
Quote: "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." I simply love this quote! I chose this quote because I will continue to grow as an educator and hopefully improve as time goes on.
Question: What happens to those students that do no embrace change?
Connection: In our EDSS 530 course, it is on a daily basis that we have to embrace change. I have learned things that I have never envision doing when teaching. I have come to understand that with change, comes ideas and methods that will transpire the world of education.
Epiphany/ Aha: This chapter has inspired me to learn from the changes that are happening in our world. It has made me become aware of tools that will benefit me as a teacher (e.g., Instagram, Google +, Twitter, Padlets)