You Can Teach Old Dogs New Tricks – Blog 6

During my master’s program I have had to do a lot of reading.  One of the messages that continue to come across in all of the readings is the need for students to collaborate.   The other message that has become loud and clear is the need to work and participate within a collective (Thomas & Brown, 2011).  Through working in a collective it allows you access to more information that others may possess.  Even though I have seen those messages time and time again, it took seeing it in action to fully see how useful these concepts could be.  In saying this, my final blog for this course is a thank-you to the students in this class.  As a collective, I not only learned a lot, but through your work, you ended up providing me with many ideas that I could take back to my classroom and to the teachers in my school.  In order to be a technological leader I know that it is my responsibility to have a vision of where I want to go and an idea of the technologies available and how to use them. 

Of all of the classes that I have taken during my masters program, this one ended up providing me my “ah ha” moment in regards to application of these ideas into the classroom.  I started to see how I could adapt the technologies already being used by students and use them for educational purposes.  This not only got my students excited about learning, but me as well.   The work they are doing is being done collaboratively and their knowledge is becoming part of a collective. 

In the ten previous courses I took, I read all the materials and acknowledged that collaboration led to improved student learning, but it took this class to make all the pieces fit together.  I felt like the collaboration between the students in this class actually worked.  This gave me an opportunity to see successful collaboration in action, which allowed me to see the visible benefits.  Taking some of these ideas to my classes, I have seen how the collaboration between students, has led to better learning experiences for them, and given them opportunities to share their knowledge with their peers.  I have been able to witness play in action when it comes to technology use.  The students are engaged, questioning their peers and wanting to learn more.  This has become a case where I can not only see, but understand how the knowledge of the collective and working collaboratively can benefit learning for both adults and students. 


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Thomas, D. & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Seattle, WA: Create Space.

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One Response to You Can Teach Old Dogs New Tricks – Blog 6

  1. joannadziewaltowski says:

    Thank you Pat for playing such an active part in our collective. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Sharing ideas of how to collaborate and work in teams is priceless. If we did not demonstrate collaboration at our level in this course I think we could never ask our students to do the same in the classroom. I really enjoy learning from my peers. Thanks.

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