This week's homework has struck me at times as decadent. The daily routine does not leave much room for such guilty pleasures like learning something new for my Network Learning Project (NLP). I realized early last week that tying flies wasn't doable, so I settled on learning how to knit a beanie. Beanies are a main staple to any Coloradian wardrobe and considered an essential accessory.
As I began research for my NLP, it quickly became apparent the wealth of information available. I began with Youtube. This was the most helpful to my learning. I liked how I could choose a brief video and replay it when I needed the directions repeated. I also explored a helpful self-help forum (love.life.yarn). Although forums tend to be lengthier, it was beneficial because they connect to additional information. Twitter and Reddit were the least helpful. These platforms are designed to showcase work with a short comment rather than instruct.
Additionally, I recorded my researched sources on the Resource NLP Tracker. Carrie Devlin NLP Resource Tracker.
My thinking turned to TPACK. It resonated with me when Mishra and Koehler state,
This (TPACK) is a contingent, flexible kind of knowledge that lies at the
intersection of all three of these knowledge bases, allowing the creative
repurposing of the traditional approaches (2009).
This certainly is not the traditional way to learn how to knit. I often watched my grandmother and mother stop at the local yarn shop where the shop keeper would help them. Where as I explore what technological platforms can support new learning? I look forward to experiencing this flexible intersecting of creativity as my NLP progresses. It is exciting to experience this technological creativity in regards to learning and teaching (Mishra and Koehler, 2009).
References and Media Credits:
B., Michael. (2020, April 23). Down the rabbit hole. Quora. https://www.quora.com/What-does-it-mean-to-go-down-the-rabbit-hole/answer/Michael-B-720
Devlin, C. (2022, June 5) NLP the journey begins . [Video]. Loom.
Devlin, C. (2022, June 3). NLP resource tracker. Google Spreadsheet.
Mishra, P. and Koehler, M. (2009, May). Too cool for school? no way! using the TPACK framework: you can have your hot tools and teach with them, too. Gale Academic Onefile. https://go-gale-com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/ps/i.do?p=AONE&u=msu_main&id=GALE%7CA199794723&v=2.1&it=r&sid=summon