MOTION is undeniably taking shape in a way that it can't and shouldn't be ignored. So, this is the perfect timing for action on the trenches. I am getting prepared, and the Ed Tech Team that I work with is also shaking up. It is that period that ideas are popping up and we still need to understand what we should do with them. It is getting clear, though, that the first steps to start mlearning micro-revolutions to stir up our community of educators and learners can cause a little insomnia as a positive side effect. Here is what I've learned so far and have discussed with the Ed Tech Team:
- Bring on the concept of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device); helping teachers realize that they can use what is already there is an essential step; give examples of lesson plans and activities and ask them to test in their classrooms.
- Explore students' expertise; let them tell you what they are already doing with their gadgets. How authentic would that be in terms of language practice?
- Help teachers develop their digital skills through a mind shift in a way that they can deal comfortably with different devices operating systems, and this means their understanding that they might be the learners and the students their tech mentors.
- Start with very small projects that involve more than one group, that connect teachers together
- Read, explore, subscribe, test in class. Part of the MOTION is learning, is becoming knowledgeable about an area that you still don't know much about.
- Use your network and give back to it by sharing your own results.
- Spot those teachers who have already started their own micro-revolution and help them stir up their own classrooms. Good models have an amazing, long-lasting ripple effect in the teachers' group.
- Keep exploring with no set boundaries until you get the picture of what really works in your context.
Here are some of the places I've been keeping all the inspiration and ideas to keep the MOTION rolling for the mlearning revolution: