In case you think it’s a typing error, I did capitalize FUN on purpose. It’s been one of the ideas that I think about in relation to education. You know those moments in any class you take where you’re just really excited about what you’re going to do? Whether it’s a new book (I love, love, love new books) or a topic you’re interested in or passionate about or just the chance to explore something new.
One of the things that I’ve enjoyed about the Educational Technology class (I swear I’m not trying to suck up by saying this) is just the chance to explore new things. It’s just cool. I had no idea that GoogleDocs had so many features. Getting the chance to get to know my classmates by sharing documents with them is just plain fun to me.
I want to capture that sense of excitement and just plain fun in my own teaching. One of the things that could potentially hold that back is the notion of “teaching to the test”. In a comment from my last post, a fellow blogger (from Australia!) named Paula Thomas mentioned instrinsic motivation, and that’s exactly what I want my students to feel. It’s just difficult to feel that about learning when it’s not necessarily what you’re interested in but what’s required.
I’m starting to see how introducing new technology can “shake things up” in the classroom. Having to write a paper can be a little more interesting if you get to explore GoogleDocs while writing it; if the use of that technology helps you to become a better writer by letting you get instant feedback from your teacher, that can change the way you learn and maybe the way you feel about learning.
I’m still struggling with this idea.