Transparency in Education
As a Teacher I see myself first as a learner and then as a facilitator. This year, as I have immersed myself in 21st Century Learning and tools, this term "transparency" has a new meaning. In the last two News posts, we have people talking about transparency...Joyce Valencia describes, and I agree, how she has embraced this new 21st Century habit of mind "I've welcomed the ability to reflect out loud, to join the discussion, to contribute." Web 2.0 tools such as this wiki invite us to reflect out loud, join the discussion, and contribute...We can all learn so much when we all can embrace this mentality...but it is hard...
The flip side of this is in using Web 2.0 tools with our students. Helping them open to putting their ideas in progress out there for others to see. If we can help them to do this it offers us their teachers a window into their mind's eye and thinking. In this way these tools and this habit of mind can grow into a wonderful assessment of thinking and learning, if we open to it.
Have you embraced it? What is hard about it? What barriers are you finding with throwing your ideas out there? How can we help ourselves to join in this greater conversation and connect? How can we provide our students with environments and experiences that open to thinking in progress?
Apr 26 2009, 4:03 PM EDT by