In 2016, I joined the One Side Project Challenge. The project brought together a number of creators from around the globe, created a private space for idea generation, and an online publication for us to share project updates.
For my project, I wanted to identify/create a space where educators in Pre-K up through higher ed could gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to teach in current and future times. Across a series of eight posts, I documented my thinking as I researched, developed.
In my first update, I identified the focus and goals of the project. In the second update, I discussed some of my thinking about the pricing plan of the courses. In my third update I discussed reviving my mission and focus. In the fourth post, I detailed the deliverables that will be included in the courses. In the fifth update, I discussed the need for a critical friends group and identified the name for this initiative. In the sixth post, I described the structure of content in the courses, modules, and learning pathways. In the seventh post, I discussed my thinking about audience, launches, and leaks. In the eighth update, I documented my thinking about marketing & building buzz through freebies and social networks.
Things seemed to be moving along and then several things happened…most notably…life got in the way. I learned a lot of lessons about carving about time for what you want, as opposed to what others want from you.
In addition. things changed drastically as COVID reshaped the ways in we learn, connect, and socialize with others. It reinvigorated my indication of these need for my project, but helped tamp down my expectations of how I make this available for all. I’ve decided to reboot these learning events and make them available for all…for free.
Be Digitally Literate
Last year I reorganized my focus around helping others become digitally literate. I formed an organization to engage in this work. I pulled my newsletter under this umbrella to openly provide guidance on how to remain current in these changing times. Each week my newsletter focuses on what you need to know about technology, learning, and cognition to help you become digitally literate.
As part of this work, I’m also offering my first class for free to help educators from Pre-K up through higher ed be experts in these spaces. You can review and use these materials here.
It is designed as an open, online course that you can use as a reference. I include self-checks to get you started. The learning events will focus on three pillars of Pedagogy; Engaging, Connecting, & Scaffolding; Assessment & Evaluation. Everything is shared under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). Feel free to use, remix, and share.
If you need more support, or have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.