Seems fitting that after a year of deconstructing dance and concentrating on Tim Ferriss’s ‘material over method‘ approach that 2015 ends with final sparkles in the form of wearable tech with Codebug.
And with so many projects focused on inclusivity and participation, it’s been great to see new and emergent collaborations nurtured to share knowledge and projects.
Reflecting on Purpose before tech or vice versa this week, I’ve realised that during the year my intentions have differed through defined purposes. And actually, I’ve probably learnt more about learning through computing with unfinished projects, collaborations and planning possibilities. Very much a personal fascination during MakerEd research observations.
Dance was different; very much so. Learning analytics supported a focus looking at data to inform and giving me choices to make decisions impacting on my own performance. Context and environment became the dance mantra when we realised the significance of these factors with my own learning.
Recognising the trip switch in my head that says ‘no more; data & info overload’ proved one of the more valuable tools supporting learning and teaching. Both styles adapted significantly, on occasions, after becoming dependent on my afternoon’s work activities. Moreover, repetition as a pedagogical approach finally nailed the spin turn 🙂
Next steps for 2016?
More projects exploring Learning Analytics in a school environment start in January. If the approach impacted on my performance, then how can it be utilised in a school setting? Can data, or rather which data (I’m not meaning the 5 A*-C stick), really impact on educational performance? More so, what about impacting on students’ learning in primary or secondary school environments? Can it?
Community learning events with Raspberry Jam also continue in Leeds on the first Wednesday in the month. Link here to the 6th January event at Swallow Hill Community College.
Raspberry Jam in Leeds
And there’ll be more news coming from the MakerEd Leeds
research project too, as another school participate and more activities emerge.
Our blog is also live, now : )