Will your Students experience Flow in your classroom?

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Tomorrow’s Classroom Flows!

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, (pronounced, chick sent me high ee), a Hungarian-American psychologist, has a new idea that is changing the way we think about many fields of human endeavor, and, especially, Education.  After years of studying Happiness, and why some war survivors could move beyond their experiences when others could not, he found that the happiness of life came about from the experience of a “State of Flow”.

Flow, he came to believe, is related to the exhiliration of achievement.  It is experienced by people from all walks of life and comes about when one is totally involved in a challenging task for which immediate feedback is forthcoming.    One is completely involved in an activity for its own sake and in this experience time falls away.

Historical sources hint that Michelangelo may have painted the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel while in a flow state. It is reported that he painted for days at a time, and he was so absorbed in his work that he did not stop for food or sleep until he reached the point of passing out. He would wake up refreshed and, upon starting to paint again, re-entered a state of complete absorption. [from Wikipedia, “flow (psychology)”]

One of the first impacts that Csikszentmihalyi’s discoveries produce in the classroom have to do with the teacher, not the student.  In the classroom of tomorrow, influenced by the idea of flow, the teacher will continually refresh his interest and passion for his field of teaching, and he will pass on his enthusiasm to his students.  The atmosphere in the classroom will minimize the impact of rules, testing and procedures, and learning challenges will closely fit the abilities of the student.

Digital Footprint

A digital footprint is a trail created by one’s interactions in the digital universe.  These interactions can include TV usage, using the internet, mobile phone, and Ipad .  This information is an aid in targeted marketing and personalization of services.

In social media, one’s digital footprint can refer to the size of one’s Web presence.

An individual’s digital footprint can be composed from many sources.  Some of these include Content which can be content created or content that is consumed.  Over 700 pieces of information are gathered for each entity using digital devices each day.  This information is sold to companies and used for commercial purposes.  The companies that use this information tailor the new information that one receives to match one’s  previous web usage.

Blogging in Education

Blogging in Education provides an overview of the use of blogs in the classroom.  Anne Davis writes about 3 types of Blogs:  Tutor Blogs, Class Blogs, and Learner Blogs.

Research and further reading are included on the 3rd slide.

This treatment of blogging in education also includes thoughts and examples of an acceptable use policy for school use.

Directories of eduational blogs are included and blogs that have received awards are listed.

In “Steps to Blogging in Education”  tutorials are included and lists of Blog hosts.   The video tutorial and the Quick Start guide are no longer available for viewing.

Using a Blog in the Classroom

Using blogs in the classroom focuses the learning on Real Problems and creates 2 way learning, with an emphasis on student participation.  Learners who have a 1 way orientation may have problems initially.

 

Frank Calberg points out that blogs are an example of “asynchronous media”, or forms of communication that give the learner time to reflect, unlike “synchronous” forms like Chat.  He also points out that blogs keep the student actively involved throughout the class period.

 

Learning by using blogs is well suited to the self driven learner, who takes initiatives, sets his own goals, and has a strong desire to learn.

It is…………

6:38, and time for me to head over to the Center………..it’s going to be a Great Day!

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