Participate 1 – Ideal Digital Learning Communities

Consider what would be needed to create an ideal digital learning community. What would be needed to bring such a vision to fruition? What can one do to make an existing DLC more attractive to and welcoming for students and teachers?

Something student-driven with teacher supervision. Ideally, a place where students would be free to pursue their own interests and, in doing so, arrive at a true liberal arts education. Diving into science fiction feeds a hunger for scientific knowledge. Once you get to a certain point in science, you need math, so you go back and learn algebra, calculus, and trigonometry on your own. All because you saw the Millennium Falcon go through hyperspace one time on a movie screen. I’m not sure how or if this could be applied to special ed. Everything is so restricted there. I try to give students choices, but it just ends up backfiring. The kids get confused, refuse to do the work, I get frustrated, and they lose respect for me. A community would put less focus on me as a teacher. I could be more of a guide. Maybe get some respect. Or at least the illusion of it. That would be nice. To be in a classroom where most of the kids actually want to be there. Or at least pretend to. You know. They do their work. Maybe it isn’t perfect, but they do it. They ask for help. They’re not so beaten down by life and the system that they actually try to care a little bit.

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