1. Project Beginnings
At first I was so clueless about what I wanted my Do Something project to be, until Dr. McVerry suggested recipes. I knew my nonna had a ton of old recipes, but they're quite tattered and completely not in English. I thought it would be a fun challenge to translate these recipes for my project!
2. Developing My Ideas
I thought about the project a little bit more and chose the video option for my pathway. Since Thanksgiving break is coming up, I could interview my nonna when I'm home.
3. Reading - Rhizomatic Education
- Knowledge as negotiation is not an entirely new concept in educational circles
- A rhizomatic plant has no center and no defined boundary; rather, it is made up of a number of semi-independent nodes, each of which is capable of growing and spreading on its own, bounded only by the limits of its habitat (Cormier 2008). In the rhizomatic view, knowledge can only be negotiated, and the contextual, collaborative learning experience shared by constructivist and connectivist pedagogies is a social as well as a personal knowledge-creation process with mutable goals and constantly negotiated premises.
- I interpreted this as learning has no boundaries, we can learn about anything we choose to - perhaps this is the negotiation Dave speaks of
- New technologies force us to reexamine knowledge and how we learn as a society
- Information is now more accessbile because of the internet, and there is NO BOUNDARY to what we can learn!
- The focus on badges and alternative credentials is like trying to facilitate global trade by inventing Esperanto
- The premise behind all of the badge and alternative credential projects is the same: that if only there were a new, unified way to quantify, describe and give evidence of student learning inside the classroom and out, employers would be able to appropriately value those skills and illuminate a path to job outcomes - the author compares this to a utopia, an "idealized" solution to transform society
- Compares these online badges to Girl Scout/Boy Scout patches, earning something for something you do that tells the world: "hey! I know a skill!"
- Unlike the author, I actually like the idea of online badges! I have a couple on yelp - he seems to allude this in his article when he mentions certain apps having a badge system.