Lets get started ... review of previous work
Submitted by Edward Latham on March 29, 2017 - 12:07pm
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If you are joining the group late or if you know people still wishing to join but they have not, please know that this is a slow and gentle start up to allow for stragglers to catch up quickly and join us with the real exciting work in a few weeks.
As we dive into April, I will start posting weekly goals and updates and reviews of what we have done. Everyone has crazy schedules at times, and we can all respect the need for flexibility. It is still important for people to try to carve out a little time to really get into this work so that we can produce high quality results that will benefit your classrooms and the classrooms across the country. I will not be chasing after people with a stick and I hope I don't have to beg too much . The end result will be that the more we can engage in the explorations, the more we can create and offer good resources to use.
To get everyone up to date, it would be good to look over the summary of the last microgroup's work. By April 8th (a week from this Saturday), I would like everyone to attempt the following items and share your thoughts in discussion under this post. Please interact with the thoughts of others as you see similarities or differences.
- Organization of Resources: The group established a list of categories to organize resources found. Link to their categories here. This list of categories differs quite a bit from organization structures found in OER Commons, or other resource sites. Share your thoughts when you think about comparing or contrasting the different ways sites categorize online resources. Does one system work best for you when you are looking for a resource? Have you experienced frustrations when you go to look for a type of resource in the past? In short, how do you want to find the resources you need or wish to explore in your classroom? Does anyone out there come close to getting it right for your needs?
- Evaluations: Here is a link to a summary of the previous microgroup's work. On page 2 there are a list of tools that were evaluated by two or more people. If you have used any of these tools, it may be helpful for you to read through the evaluation and think about your experiences. Were they similar or different? In what ways? Look at any of the evaluation sheets for those tools listed. Are there pieces of the evaluation that seem much more important to you? Are there parts of the evaluation you care less about? Share your reactions if an administrator printed these evaluations out and asked you to pick 3 of these things to try in the next year.
Please remember that the focus is on sharing thoughts and discussion. Please read all comments shared as individual perspectives that may differ for many reasons from what you feel. Be sure to share your feelings and experiences because all of us can learn much from your perspective!
Keep recruiting for the group if you can. More people equates to more input which leads to a richer discussion and more tools peer evaluated in the project!
As always, if you have any questions, please post them here or if you rather you can privately email me at firstname.lastname@example.org