As we reach the end of another year and, according to some, the end of our first decade of the 21st century, I am aware that I have still much to learn.
In my next post I shall be writing more extensively about my reflections of my learning journey in 2009. In this post though I just wanted to highlight one learning “event” that happened today.
It came,as so many of these things do nowadays, from a Tweet. I opened up a hyperlink from Simon Haughton, a Primary school teacher who I follow on Twitter (@simonhaughton). He is preparing to use “Google Earth” again for his Year 6 pupils. He wanted some advice on places to look up and he later gave an Etherpad address where we (i.e. the Twitterers) could leave some advice.
He gave us a hyperlink to some work that he had done using “Google Earth” to tie in with a geography topic on Pakistan. I opened the hyperlink : http://www.ictopus.org.uk/downloads/sgp/SGP61.pdf and discovered an amazing project with year 6 (10/11 year old children) really getting excited in looking up and using ther power of the “Google Earth” software. It also gave me an introduction to a site called Ictopus.org which I had never heard of before but which I have now bookmarked for future investigation.
It struck me that my learning in the wonders of technology and the way that it can change education is merely at a starting point. I saw in someone like Simon, as I do in so many other technically aware practitioners, the learning journey that they have been on and how the more they know enables them to enrich the lives of their pupils and students and advise novices such as myself.
I also appreciate how far I have to go.. but learning is an adventure. I have started to “Follow the Yellowbrick Road” but the Wizard’s Palace is still far away and there are many things that I must learn on the way.