Who Was Your Teacher Today? Teachers Learning From Teachers.
I recently shared a TwitPic I had found online. To my surprise (sort of) the picture resulted in about 40 retweets and 30 new followers. For me, this amount of response is unusually high so the picture obviously struck a chord.
As you can see, the picture depicts what looks like high school students taking pictures of information on the screen. It is titled Note Taking in 2012 which leads us to believe and imply that students are using their own devices (BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE BYOD) to take pictures of notes rather than using the paper pencil method.
The twitter post resulted in some interesting comments:
@lorilynnecullen No BYOD policy & no phones in class in my district. Post notes on my website & use remind101 for my 6th graders & families.
I only have one response to this, “WHY?” When students use their own devices to communicate, find information, and store information what we are essentially telling them in schools that ban BYOD is, “We are not going to be efficient and current and engage you in ways of thinking and learning that you automatically and intuitively use outside of the classroom.” Schools are supposed to be current, relevant and engaging so why are you banning BYOD? I’m glad @ChristinaMLuce is making the best of it and doing what she can.
@lorilynnecullen any other form of note taking is a complete waste of time.
I like this. Life is too short for long hand. We can gather and store static information in an instant. What are you using your classroom time for?
@SteveT_AU should work for the district that has banned BYOD. He obviously has a strong understanding of efficiency and using classroom time as efficiently as possible.
@MichaelDushel @lorilynnecullen Better would be for the teacher to email it or EVEN better would be to build the notes together in shared electronic form
I love how @MichaelDushel replied to the picture and as he was replying took his understanding of constructing knowledge together even one step further. He makes a great point, that if this is a picture of a teacher writing or delivering information to students who listen, surely we can do better by constructing and creating understanding together.
The above are examples of critical dialogue amongst teachers that improves practice. As Michael Fullan states:
For teachers to improve their practice they learn best from other teachers provided that these teachers are also working on improvement. These exchanges are thus purposeful, and based on evidence.
Thank you to my colleagues for creating purposeful dialogue and exchanges designed to improve our thinking and our practice. Where would we be without each other?