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We are getting to the start of a new academic year, and I am planning and adapting my course I teach and lead at my institution for our preservice teachers. One area that I consistently focus on and emphasize is the importance of reflection as an educator, but also exploring how they can use that skill with their future students. In past work, i have intermittently used Flip as well as other quick options (Jamboard, Peardeck, Nearpod), along with formal 1 pager written papers.
I want to expand and make this reflection more collaborative as well as intriguing and applicable (while teaching them a new digital tool along the way). Are there any teacher educators (or others) who have innovative ideas for promoting a long-term, continuing reflective practice, using some digital tool (almost blog-like)?
For context, I am going to try to do a mini-run of having students reflect on engaging in a PLN as well as using Perusall to enhance reflection. Other thoughts?
Reflection is SO important - I think that's a great idea for your course.
I have my students do weekly reflections in a Google Slides eBook format: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iN9rsHUwaMiEc1DoOwwmrQdSQ2TZ971qn3a5n_AKZ1Q/edit?usp=sharing
What I like about it is that it's super easy for me to add comments/feedback; also they could share these with peers to add comments (but I don't do that because I want students to feel comfortable sharing anything with me in these eBooks).
Here's a link to make your own copy to remix if you wanna try it out: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iN9rsHUwaMiEc1DoOwwmrQdSQ2TZ971qn3a5n_AKZ1Q/copy
Thank you for sharing the template. I do think this is the general approach I am seeking; some way to encourage weekly reflection, that may be targeted as well to the content.
If you want to have them collaborate and have ongoing Topical discussions I suggest KialoEDU. https://www.kialo-edu.com/ It is a free tool designed to foster flexible dialogue. You can let it be organic or assign posts and responses. Each conversation can be visually mapped and each response can become its own separate conversation. Here is the deck I used at IDEACON last year. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wE0JCNey5Hdy7NkR9ggFo5z4aDGa7CRVYd02wo3aBd4/edit?usp=sharing and here is a model conversation https://www.kialo-edu.com/p/408299c1-71c7-4fc9-8fc5-ee0e43cd1b20/100352
Thank you for sharing. I will look over this. It appears that this focuses on mimicking debate-type discussion or conversations, but I would imagine there could be other broader uses.