I've been giving some thought to the best way to design a self directed course. I think the first step is deciding how it would be presented to kids. This is what I've come up with:
I just stumbled onto this school after reading an article in New Scientist. This is exactly the kind of thing I'd like to incorporate into my work.
It was landing in the role of eLearning coordinator at my school that first made me realise the potential that technology has for deep learning. Once set up a well planned digital course allows for deep engagement, differentiation, and best of all minimal effort on the part of the teacher. So of course it was only a matter of time before I sat down to convert my own teaching materials into something that all of my students could access at any time while I sit back and have a coffee... I mean... read more science journals. What I hadn't fully appreciated was the amount of work that has to go in to such a course before any benefits can be gained. There's a website to build, (free) photos to source, videos to be made and in between it all I'll be working a full teaching load and preparing for a two year stint in Shanghai. It's just now dawning on me exactly how long the whole process could end up taking before I have something of value. But they say the hardest part is getting started and at the very least I can check that box. We'll see how the rest of it goes over the next few months.
Luke Scholtes is a Science teacher with eleven years experience, currently working at the American International School of Bucharest.