Quote: "Far more important, however, the students referenced each other. For them, classroom time had become the least significant part of the whole experience." p.25
Question: How can I create a new culture in my class where students learn from each other?
Connection: In my classroom I found that some students are very good in some areas and weak in others. Some are very good at understanding grammatical concepts, others are good leaders, and others are good with technology.
Epiphany/aha: I hope to use the knowledge of various students and leverage it to re-teach the Spanish accents in my class. I will group students and then have each teach a different part of the accent rules.
Quote: "In the new culture of learning, the classroom as is replaced by learning environments in which digital media provides access to rich sources of information and play, and the processes that occur within those environments are integral to the results." p.37
Question: How can teachers create learning environments with digital media where there is no computers?
Connection: In my classroom I try to check out Chrome carts at least once a week in order to use a different learning environment where they have access to many resources online.
Epiphany/aha: Recently, I had my students create a resume for a job they will apply to 10 yrs into the future. I noticed the students talking among themselves about various occupations. These are the processes that the author was talking about that are so valuable in the learning process.
Quote: "Many approaches to learning in the twentieth century, did, in fact work, but largely because of the glacial rate of change that characterized that era" p.43
Question: Is the school system having a difficult time adapting to the rate of change in technology?
Connection: In some schools I've worked in I see some resistance to adapting to technology. I continue to see students simply working with text, paper, and pencil.
Epiphany: So much work can be produced online. Teachers need to adapt to the rapid pace of changing technology.
Thomas, D., & Brown, J. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky.: [CreateSpace?].