This class challenged me in a way that other classes have not. It challenged me to re-conceptualize my ideas about learning; it challenged me to keep track of eight screens, a laptop, and an pad at once; and it challenged my navigational prowess to find the right room on the right day. Specifically, this class challenged my reconceptualization of what technology is and how to teach and learn about and with technology. It's one of the first classes I've taken that's really does pushback on process-oriented technology (e.g. learning flash by "step-by-step" analysis) and focuses on creating a learning environment in which I'm free to use technology for my learning through working collaboratively on creating artifacts. The class was conceptual: it was about re-thinking, re-shaping, breaking boundaries, and pushing on limits. I liked that.
Although working with one group the entire semester posed its challenges, it really pushed us to establish our own culture, protocols, and ways of working. Good stuff. Through demonstration, Cole and Scott modeled what it means to be disruptive. In a sense, they were a disruptive technology in teaching and learning. That, to me, rings of authenticity.
What I'll miss:
1. Cole calling himself the honey badger
2. Feeling artistically inadequate around Laura
3. Seeing Scott and Cole walk in with matching outfits. Twinsies.
4. Feeling fashionably challenged around Dan.
5. Minuscule up-down levers on bright orange chairs
6. The soothing sound of Phil's voice
7. Writing poetry about Phil's fog-in-a-mountain-valley-like presence
8. Feeling hardwork-ably challenged around MJ
9. Seeing Michele's quippy rib-jabbing at Cole and Scott
10. Hearing Julie lay down the law. And the consequent contrarian quip from Dan.
As a parting gesture, I offer my rendition of Dan's 80s sweatshirt as a fashion-forward cutoff: