(in English, from this week's Tiny Letter)
Terri, Barb, Tannis, Nancy, Brian and Alan are having fun with Google Translate. As they try to read everyone’s plans, they think “we wish we were Kike and Ken, and spoke/read Spanish well!” Nonetheless, they are all excited every time they get an email alert from Dilo with new messages from people in their group. All the instructors get even MORE excited when they see professors giving each other feedback on their plans, because they know that they understand the context better than anyone on the instructor team.
The instructors’ only worry is knowing how best to be supportive of their groups. They don’t want to give the sense that people have to participate in Dilo or have to share their plans. These are just ways to learn together. They try not to worry about people they haven’t heard from, knowing they are intelligent, busy adults and trust they too are working on their challenge implementations.
Wow, we are starting the fourth week of our implementation phase. By now everyone should be well on their way to planning their challenge implementations, and many of you are implementing. Some of you are already getting student feedback. (Share it! We are all curious!)
If you are watching the #udgagora hashtag you will see some evidence across the groups.You are probably also seeing examples within your group on Dilo.
Here are a few things we are noticing:
- People are using ALL KINDS of interesting tools. Some people are very strategic with their tool use and are clear what they are shifting in their practice. With some it is not so clear to use why they are using an activity and its tool, and what it replaces. As you share and implement your plans, share your reasoning for the tool choice. While it is useful to experiment with a tool playfully for its own sake, we are now looking for strategic application. If you have questions about how to do this, PLEASE ASK!
- Because people are using so many different tools, we thought it would be fun to do a quick 3 question survey and get a sense of who is using what. There might be some great things you have discovered, or you may want to have a conversation with someone using the same tool. Please take the survey HERE by Thursday, September 10th.
- Some of you are already getting student feedback. We are thinking about opening a topic in the general area of Dilo to share these. If you are one of these people, would you be willing to share? Let us know.
On Friday we will use the Hangout (noon Guadalajara time) and invite any of you to share some stories about how you are using mobile and online tools and what you are learning using them.
The main thing this week is to KEEP GOING! Share what you are learning as you implement. Get inspired from your fellow UDGAGORA professors. We are here if you need us.
See you online!
Your team of facilitators….