I have had a lot of fun this semester, and I really enjoyed being innovate. I loved thinking about my Canva creation, I loved figuring out what I would do for my DS106 Daily Creates, and I loved being an innovator while writing blog posts and tweeting thoughts. Before this week, I was doing something I didn’t know that I was doing. I was being an innovator. I wasn’t only thinking about new ideas, I was actually coming up with new ideas and then sharing them with the online world.
“I believe that my abilities, intelligence, and talents can be developed, leading to the creation of new and better ideas.” -George Couros.
This semester in this class, I believe that we have all been innovators. We found innovative ways to learn and communicate.
I didn’t go to a traditional classroom and pay a teacher to teach me. Instead, I found my own ways to discover information. For example, with my Independent Learning Project (guitar). I found this app called Yousician, I found books with lots of chords to play, I got online and I found out different fingerpicking techniques, and I watched lot of other musicians play the guitar, and in their own, unique ways. Everybody in my class this semester has found their passions and discovered ways to be innovate in their search for knowledge.
“There is no curriculum for unlearning, and, of course, in many ways it’s simply learning to see things differently or to at least be open to it.” -Will Richardson
In this class, I unlearned that all schools are poorly run and holding students back. I’ve always felt bad for my friends because they hate school. But this semester, seeing all the great schools like the NorthStar and Sudbury Valley School, I’ve come to realize there are many innovative options that allow students to have freedom and choices as they explore the world and figure out what THEY are interested in doing. Children are natural learners, so it’s wonderful they have the opportunity to discover their passions. I have also unlearned the idea that passion is a constant thing. In other words, I’ve gone back and forth on guitar throughout this class — trying to decide whether I enjoy it or not. I guess now it’s just a choice I’ll make later on after more learning and practice.
I’m glad I’ve done a lot of unlearning this semester, but I’m sure that I will find some things that I should unlearn (or at least be more open to in the future).
I think that innovation is very important to learning. Unlearning is equally important, for both the teacher and the student. Thank you for reading, fellow classmates! I hope you enjoyed the semester as much as I did!