Monday, February 27, 2012

Choices Everywhere - Sketchnoting

I was very excited today to come across Sketchnoting through my reading for uni. Sketchnoting is how I think. I often draw little doodles to make what I am reading or listening to more meaningful. I love this little video by Giulia Forsythe about Sketchingnoting and how she has grown through using it. I just love the RSA Animate video with Sir Ken Robinson's work as well - makes it come alive. At the recent TEDx Talks we had an cartoonist sketching a summary of all the talks. It is an amazing way to capture a moment, enhance learning, pique interest and reach all learning styles. Can't wait to give it a go. It reminds me of Infographics and a type of concept mapping. Exciting to find options that I can share with my students. The additonal problem I now face is that I want to try out the DS106 Digital Story telling course but with being a Mum, working and already studying I fear I will stretch myself too thin!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Journey

Off on a new journey! As a part of completing a Masters in Education, we are required to keep a journal. I have wanted to create a personal blog for so long now. It is quite amusing really as I help my children create their own blogs, I blog at work and Twitter all day long but never made time to create my own blog. No time like the present. In this blog I am also going to explore concept mapping to assist with learning. It is a little out of my comfort zone but that is what learning is all about...taking risks and growing as we go. 
The last few years have had some very significant ups and down, sadness, challenges and also some moments of magic. Through all these things I've grown and explored more about who I am and understand a little mor about the world. Each time you learn, you head a little further along the journey. I love exploring and the brilliant thing about exploring is that it never ends. 
As I approach the end of my Masters with this final subject, I do not believe the journey is over, I believe I will be curious to explore further. I have had a love/hate relationship with this Masters course but it has helped shape what I see learning as. I'm a better teacher for experiencing these things. I understand my students better.
Off to read some notes and add some more thoughts.