Figuring It Out

My great intention of being on track this semester has been seriously derailed with the my current status of “the walking germ”. However, I seem to be on the road to recovery and can once again look at a computer screen without pain. So here I go, my first blog post for the new semester.

I had a very difficult time looking through the course syllabus for EDCI 569 because it offered so many choices that were appealing and challenging. I will admit, the amount of blogging had me extremely concerned for my already lacking FItBit numbers, but thankfully our illustrious professor alleviated my concerns. The idea of a “Personal Learning Inquiry” as a final project had me incredibley intrigued, confused and frustrated. There are so many things I want to learn and try, but I know how limited my time is as I am already starting down the path to better physical and emotional health (see my other blog) and am in year 2 of rethinking my teaching styles to a more open, facilitation role based on the ideas of Reggio Emilia, Hawkins and Dewey. Trying to fit in another learning path seemed time consuming and, yes, a lot stressful. I toyed with using one of those aforementioned learning journeys, trying to teach myself Klingon or Elvish (Yes, I really do want to learn those one day) and even thought I might try to conquer my piano nemesis: the Mozart Piano Sonatas.

A wonderful friend and classmate mentioned, in a chat, that she was enrolling in a MOOC. MOOCs scare me. The idea of online open learning with people I have never met worried me. I know, I’m in an online course with people I have never met (Except of course the Three Amigos), but to me tiegrad is different. It’s a safe enclosed group of people. I “knew” some of them from their online interactions. A MOOC just seems so…unknown and scary. Well, the Doctor says, “Fear is a superpower. Fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger” (Doctor Who, Series 8, Listen), so I decided to look for a MOOC to join.

Minecraft for Educators is the MOOC through Canvas Network that I decided to join. I admit, I feel a little lost already as this is my first MOOC and my Minecraft experience is limited. I thought of a way I can incorporate the game into my “Nature Integration” project and I need to learn the ins and outs. I am really hoping this will address my learning needs. I will keep you posted and will most likely be looking to the Minecraft experts in this course for some help.

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6 thoughts on “Figuring It Out

  1. pixiebertha says:

    So cool Liane. I love that you are taking this MOOC. Wish I had a million more hours so I could take it too. I’ll have to learn from my 8 year old. He’s a master if you need some tips and tricks!!!!!

    • Oh, I may be calling on your 8 year old. I am feeling a little lost already. I may need to pick your brain after class tomorrow for a minute.

      • pixiebertha says:

        Anytime girl.. sorry just got this now. He uses mostly the iPad for Minecraft. The PC is more challenging and not quite as user friendly. I think that creating your own server will prevent your creations from being destroyed… learned that the hard way with a major meltdown after he had completed his entire homework assignment, and it vanished!!!!

      • pixiebertha says:

        Anytime girl!!!!! I don’t know how much help I can be, but Carter might be able to help with ideas!!!

  2. Aw I was looking forward to learning Klingon from your posts! Minecraft will be good too though. Your students are going to love the new you:)

    • Thanks Alison! I haven’t entirely given up on the Klingon for Kindergarten idea. It might be a post grad study for me. I would sort of love to speak it…

      I am so excited to read about everyone’s journeys, but I may be in the “breaking my leg” club to find the time to do it!

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