I thought I’d better do some processing on my blog to figure out this assignment. The original plan was to hop into the simulations group to which I was cordially extended an invitation about three weeks ago. There are six of us in the group and I am the only one who does not live in the same city. I’m not sure if this makes a difference, I know from the viewpoint of MOOCs and PLNs it should not. Perhaps it is simply a misstep in terms of having different technology visions and experience.
In any case, after about three weeks “in the group” – emails, two Google hangouts and following the discussions on an assigned website – I am not a contributing or productive member. No ones fault (except perhaps mine for not being savvy enough?).
The group members immediately decided to work on determining if Minecraft is a tool that can be used in the classroom. I set a goal for myself to try Minecraft and come to some understandings or conclusions. To that end, I downloaded a trial version and got onto the program. I didn’t spend much time there, though. I found it silly and pointless and just really hard to consider how it could be used to teach kids things that they are required to learn. So, I then began the process of extricating myself from my group and striking out in a new direction. Luckily, I hadn’t really contributed or committed myself in any meaningful way to my group. I will say that I truly admire the members of the group who are going down this road and wish them the best on their journey. They are passionate and hard-working and driven to make it add up to something.
Now, what should I do?