[Technology 1331] Re: What are your learning strategies?

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Wendy Quinones teacherwendyq at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 11:50:51 EDT 2007

Hi Marian and all,
I quibble about finding a tech buddy who is necessrily ahead of you on the
curve. I'm regarded as one of the most tech-savvy people where I work, so
finding somebody ahead of me would be tough. However, I find I learn a
tremendous amount by working with others to improve *their* skills. Often
they ask me questions that either I don't know the answer to or about things
I haven't used for a long time and need to refresh. They also often either
suggest or force me to use new teaching strategies for the tech I do have.
So I think having a buddy who is equally determined to focus on and use tech
is a lot more important than where they are on the learning curve.

Wendy Quinones

On 10/3/07, Marian Thacher <mthacher at otan.us> wrote:


> One interesting question raised by the online professional development

> plan is - how do we learn new things? We created a list of learning

> strategies based on the experience of the expert advisors and interviewing a

> variety of teachers. On the form you can choose a strategy from the list or

> add your own. The list includes:


> - *Self-study online*: This is where all the resources the David and

> others collected are listed, related to each competency. More and more I

> think we go online when we want new information, or to answer a question, so

> we started there.


> - *Read a book or journal article* (Yes, we still read words printed on

> paper, right?!)


> - *Attend a conference*


> - *Subscribe to an electronic discussion list* (Well, if you're reading

> this email you already employ this strategy!)


> - *Find a tech buddy*: A tech buddy is a friend or relative who is ahead

> of you on the technology trail, the person you go to when you have a

> technology question. If you don't have one, it's worth looking around for

> one.


> - *Get a technology mentor*: A mentor relationship would be a bit more

> formal than with a tech buddy. You might decide to focus on a particular

> topic with your mentor, and meet regularly a certain number of times. It

> might be set up through a program or department rather than by an individual

> on their own.


> - *Join or start a study circle*: Since NCSALL started promoting study

> circles as an effective way for teachers to learn, and began to develop and

> disseminate materials for study circles, this has become a popular approach

> to professional development. (See http://www.ncsall.net/?id=25#teach)


> - *Use your state literacy resource center*: States have adult basic

> skills resource centers that offer a variety of professional development


> - *Take a course*


> - *Take an online course*


> - *Create or join a learning community*: the description focuses on

> web-based communities, but this could also be face-to-face


> - *Make integrating technology a teacher research project for yourself or

> your students*


> - Other, add your own


> Does this list cover it? Any comments on particular strategies? What are

> you favorite learning strategies? How have your strategies changed over the

> last five years?


> Marian

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