For this project, I will research internet learning strategies and reflect on how I might utilize them in a future classroom setting. I will do this by taking up a skill of my choice and learning it using a variety of internet resources like blogs, videos, or e-courses.
Students are already learning huge amounts of what they know on the internet. For example, I remember teaching a grade 2 student who was already at a grade 5 or 6 reading-level. When I asked his brothers about it, they told me that they would spend hours on the internet each day looking at memes, reading sub-reddits, or playing games. This was the environment that gave him such a sharp reading and writing skill, and it was already translating into academic prowess in the classroom. Case in point: there has never been a better time for teachers to integrate internet learning strategies into their lessons.
I had a hard time deciding what skill I wanted to learn. I have way too many interests. However, after weighing the options, I have decided that I want to learn to play the piano.
And before anyone roasts me, I am aware that the image I chose is not a piano, but a synth. I get it. I just wanted to show off my Micro Korg.
I’ll be honest. I can already “kind of” play the piano. For the past month I have been practicing to play in the key of D major exclusively, and since I already have a strong foundation of prior musical knowledge, it has been relatively easy to learn. However, my goal for this project is to become a “great” or at least a “better” pianist. I would like to be able to play confidently in any key, completely by ear, and to develop independence with each hand. I want to be able to play in multiple genres as well.
I can read sheet music, but nowhere near fast enough to be able to play it. Frankly, I’m not at all interested in learning how to play sheet music. Instead, I will be learning about the other parts of piano theory, such as the Circle of Fifths, intervals, chords, and scales.
My North-star for this project is to be able to play either the song “Silhouette” or “Lonely Lullaby” by Owl City. Those are the two songs that made me fall in love with the sound of the piano.
I will be posting my progress reports to this blog, in hopes that I can document the moment I learned piano from Internet-sensei. Some of the stops I plan to make are Youtube tutorials, blogs, and e-courses (I may or may not pay for one). I also might start taking lessons with a real human over a video-chat app like Zoom.
Additionally, I will reflect on the nature of the resources I used, how effective each strategy was, and how I might use them to help students learn to read, write, persuade, speak, present, or solve math problems.
Some of my reflections will be on my Twitter! You can follow me at @yohanwins (https://twitter.com/yohanwins), or find my or my classmates’ tweets using the hashtag #edtc300.
I hope you enjoy the journey!