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#BobTaughtMe January 9, 2016

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You might not have heard of Bob Sprankle; a warm-hearted, informative and informed educator who passed recently. Tributes to Bob have rolled in over the weeks and have been curated by Wes Fryer on the #BobTaughtMe page.

I recently watched this moving, but joyful video from some of his friends:

Although I never knew or even met Bob, I thoroughly enjoyed and learned a lot from the Seedlings podcasts he hosted with Cheryl Oakes and Alice Barr. Here then are my thoughts on what #BobTaughtMe.

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What if the World goes “Meh?” November 3, 2014

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Was catching up a few podcasts over the weekend and dropped on one from the DS106 series on Radio Edutalk. Until now I’d not picked up any episodes in the series, since I’ve not been involved in DS106. The episode I caught was the Good Spell Episode 16 with Mariana Funes and John Johnston who were discussing the effects of audience, or lack thereof, when you’re producing online artefacts. The hosts were talking about how it sometimes feels to post creations online for review, and then get no feedback. As Mariana put it:

Sometimes you might invest a huge amount of time on something and the World goes “Meh.”

As a blogger this is certainly an issue you have to come to terms with; if a tree falls in the forest and no-one is there to hear it yada yada. Perhaps it’s simply an aspect of our web literacy we need to develop; how to cope with criticism, praise, constructive feedback … or even nothing at all.

It prompted me to think about the work our students produce and what the effects might be on less mature learners if we don’t respond adequately to the effort they’ve invested. It’s clearly got the potential to do far more harm than simply fail to help them make progress with that particular task. Their whole outlook on learning could be affected. I wonder if we take that into account when we’re  worrying about the ‘marking’ load?

After this I’ll certainly be picking up a few more DS106 episodes.