Thank you for inviting me, Kirsten.
I have not posted since I was invited here late last summer, right before Dante, pictured below, was born – but I have been following the community and have been continually impressed with the level of discourse. It’s the most cohesive blog community I’ve ever read, and the level of thoughtfulness put into posts and comments has been both inspiring and intimidating.
…so I’m posting the little guy to defray those feelings.
This post is just meant to be an introduction, so… my name is Colin, I am 27. I teach on San Juan Island, north of Seattle, and have had enormous freedom to innovate at my institution. I have been working on a project to change education. I would like to use this blog to begin to network those ideas with others, gain feedback and insight, share and grow.
My project has been related to education, technology and love. I have sought to answer one question: how might the inquiry driven, post-textbook, digital classroom operate? I came to a relatively simple answer.
- It can utilize mostly free, visually stunning, web-based content
- It needs a seamless way to deliver that content
That’s what I plan on addressing here. I will focus on my relationship to content, and I will focus on my relationship to digital tools that help me deliver content, assess and communicate.
Is anyone else completely off textbook like I am? What is your discipline? What are your strategies? What is your implementation of technology?