As I filtered through my notes and re-watched each of the screencasts, I found myself gravitating to and thinking a lot about two or three of the big topics that really spoke to me. I absolutely loved the way Alec summarized our final online lesson and I took a lot away from the advice he provided. Even more than that, I saw he was genuine in his willingness to open himself up to the world, make himself available, and saw how he used social media to share his ideas and invite collaboration.
Of all the fantastic guest educators we had come to class, I would have to say that I enjoyed Dave Cormier's talk the most. I have probably watched the screencast about half a dozen times. His perspectives and philosophies really spoke to the way I want to teach, and his humour was fantastic.
The other guest that really resonated with me, was Alan Levine. Despite the fact I didn't reference him in my final Summary of Learning assignment, I took a lot away from his lesson on Digital Storytelling. In fact, I used his 5 card deck and Pecha Flikr ideas in my own class to help my students with their creativity and writing. (Click here to read up on how I used his ideas along with Google Slides with my class.)
I am grateful for all the great innovators and thinkers we were introduced to this term and I really enjoyed completing my Summary of Learning Assignment. My final project was a labour of love, as I got to relive my days as a news reporter, by putting together the audio clips in a news story / feature format.
Here is a downloadable audio file version of the News Report as well as a link to it on my Sound Cloud file.