Building Competence

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This week, our program specialist Jessica Salcedo facilitated a small group meeting to work on creating a math BreakoutEdu game. The group of math teachers have been learning about BreakoutEdu and constructing a game together that could serve as one of the face to face experiences for our hybrid Algebra course.  And today, with this lovely group of teachers, including representatives from Lathrop, Santa Ana High School, and Heninger School, we had the opportunity to test out an idea that we’ve been planning on implementing: combining professional learning experiences with media creation opportunities that allow participants to synthesize what they’ve been learning, while contributing learning objects to our repository of 21st century learning objects that we can use for future flipped/blended/hybrid professional learning experiences.  Wow, that’s a mouthful! Maybe a diagram would help.Competency-Based Learning Flow Chart

This cycle of professional learning demonstrates one layer of our new professional learning experience called THE TRIP (Teaching in a Hybrid Environment: Teacher Research, Innovation and Preparation) and that is the idea that learners will demonstrate competence by participating in the creation of a podcast, in which they talk about the the knowledge and understanding they gained from the experience. Then, that podcast goes back into the list of playlist items that future learners can select from as they go through THE TRIP.

Here’s the podcast (video version) – coming soon to Itunes and Stitcher.

This was a special opportunity and a beta-test experience for all of us, but you’ll notice that at 15:30, one of our guests, teacher Thalia from Heninger, jumps into the podcast and demonstrates her competency by sharing her understanding of BreakoutEdu and how it relates to the theme of the show, which is “fitness programs.” On our podcast, participants compete for points by relating the topic of the show to a randomly drawn theme, which is usually some type of television program or entertainment genre.

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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.
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