Thing 1 (Week 1): Lifelong Learning


Can't Even Put It Down to Brush His Teeth (by karynsig)
Can't Even Put It Down to Brush His Teeth (by karynsig)

Congratulations! You are at the beginning of a self-guided learning journey.

As teachers, we are keenly aware that learning never stops. Even so, it will require a bit of dedication and determination to keep moving through this course, past hiccups and technical glitches, past the competing pressures of incredibly busy lives and schedules.

As you begin to work through the course, you will notice a pattern in each "Thing" -- Introduction, Discovery Exercise, Task... To complete each "Thing," you must work through all parts of the Discovery Exercise AND complete all parts of the Task, typically reflecting on your experience in a blog post (you will set up your blog in Thing 2.5).

It is helpful to read through each entire "Thing" before completing the Discovery Exercises and Tasks, so that you know where you are headed. Along the way, you will be offered an occasional "Stretch" task. These are not required, but will help you to further explore -- everyone should try at least some of them, especially if you are already familiar with a particular tool or concept.

Ready to get started? Now is a great time to reflect on your stance as a lifelong learner.

Discovery Exercise: You as a Lifelong Learner

To complete this exercise, you will need a microphone (plugged in / turned on). View the Voicethread presentation below (click the play arrow) to hear about some helpful lifelong learning strategies. During "Thing 3", you will complete your first blog post reflecting on the 7 1/2 Habits, so you may wish to take a few notes.

(SIDEBAR: Voicethread is an amazing creation and sharing tool with almost limitless possibility for classroom application. Learn more here. Want examples? Look here and here.)

As you review the 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Effective Lifelong Learners, consider three things:
  1. Which habit(s) may be most challenging for you to employ as part of your K12Learning2.0 experience?
    Example: Even though you are a master teacher, you cringe at the thought of teaching others how to use technology tools. (Habit 7)
  2. Which habit(s) will be easiest, or is most resonant for you as a lifelong learner?
    Example: You always begin with a goal in mind when learning about new technologies. (Habit 1)
  3. Which habit do you think will be most important for you as you work through this course, and why?
    Example: Viewing problems as challenges will be most important, because you often find technology problems frustrating and defeating (Habit 4)

7 1/2 Habits of Highly Effective Lifelong Learners

⌘ TIP: If you aren't seeing/hearing yours and others' comments, be sure to close any additional webpages you may have open in other tabs or windows. Also check your sound settings.

If you give it a try and it doesn't work for you, move on. Check with your coach or a colleague if you can, but please, please don't spend hours frustrating yourself.


After viewing the presentation, leave ONE reflective/explanatory audio comment on the slide that depicts the habit you feel will be most important for you in completing this course. (You will need a microphone!).Depending on when you complete the task, you should find that others have already begun leaving comments!

‡ Instructions: How to register for and leave a comment on a Voicethread
(If you already have a Voicethread account, please feel free to use that for your log-in!)
  1. Click the "Sign In or Register" button on the presentation above and register as instructed. (Use your Gmail account).
  2. Go to the slide depicting the habit upon which you will comment. (Use the forward arrow or click the navigation icon -- looks like four squares).
  3. Click the Comment button, then click Record. (If asked to allow Voicethread to access your microphone, click Allow).
  4. Start talking (Don't be nervous! You can cancel and re-record as many times as you .)
  5. Click stop recording when you are finished. You will hear a preview of your recording.
  6. Click Save (or Cancel to start over). Your comment will appear on one side of the slide.

‡ HELP Video: How to register for and leave a comment on a Voicethread

⌘ TIP: Voicethread recording works better if you don't have a bunch of webpages or windows competing for your computer's resources. Close everything but the page/tab containing the Voicethread.

Stretch Task (OPTIONAL, but more fun for everyone!): Upload an image (a.k.a avatar) to personalize your Voicethread comment. Use an image from your computer (please remember copyright), or other free image site.
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