In my home country, I avoid giving my kids smart phones and constantly discussed with them to reduce peer pressure. After moving to Finland, I decided to give them smart phones believing that the way they’re using them can be shaped with proper discussion and supportive monitoring app. As a student of the learning sciences and technology, I am not blindly experimenting them with my kids, but what makes the difference is my own progress from a complete novice to an expert-to-be.
With knowledge, and meaningful education my kids currently experience, I think that learning to use technology for both education and entertainment can be nurtured.
This semester, we are using the Claned as our learning platform, specifically to test the collaborative learning features on it. In ‘Designing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)’ course, articles are shared on Claned, we can read and highlights the text, seen by other collaborators when switched on, commenting and many other features that make reading a journal article more interactive and engaging.
SIG27 was a unique experience for me especially when I reflect it as a part of the process in transforming a novice to an expert. On top of all the introductory and core courses we had this Autumn semester, SIG27 also exposed me not only to the theories, researches and current trends in the field of learning sciences, but also to experience constructively in a very coherent way how a student and research-to-be should have, cognitively, emotionally, socially and perhaps spiritually too.
One of the introductory courses assigned to us, the new LET students, Autumn 2016 is the Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology (INTRO). The course is divided into two sections, one on the theoretical aspect of learning, conducted by Hany Hachem, and the practical aspect of educational technology (the workshop), conducted by Jari Laru.
Our lecturer asked these simple questions in one of our learning sessions:
Why activate prior knowledge?
Why is learning a hard work?
Answering these questions is essential for teachers to design a good learning activity.