Technology and Fearlessness

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8:15am.  Bryan and I meet in the office to gather a small group of lightweight cameras that we are taking to a geometry classroom at Godinez Fundamental High School. Our goal is to study the class social dynamics and pedagogy to use as inspiration for the hybrid course we are developing this year.

8:40am. Cameras are fully charged and packed including an iPad in an Iographer stabilizer frame with an external microphone, a GoPro Black unit, a Tom Tom Bandit action camera.

8:42am. I get an idea to borrow a new camera to try a new technology and text Luis in Education Broadcasting System to see if the new camera is available.

8:50am. Bryan downloads the DJI Go app.

8:55am. We stop by the Educational Broadcast System to pick up a new camera to try out: the DJI Osmo, which uses the Phantom drone camera and gimble technology.

Bryan, already having the DJI Go app,  pops his smartphone into the grips and Luis helps connect to the camera’s WiFi which allows the phone to serve as a monitor. Bryan practices the hand controls and features of the camera.

9:15am.  In the hallway outside the classroom we are visiting, Bryan reassembles the DJI Osmo and smartphone but has trouble getting the monitor feature to work.  We troubleshoot and I find some articles that suggests taking the microSD card out and putting it back in.  One suggests power-cycling the entire unit (turning it off and turning it back on).

9:20am. We enter the classroom and I film with the iPad and set up the Tom Tom Bandit action camera which I can control with a remote on a wristband.

wp-1472076505476.jpg10:20am. After filming in part of period 1 and part of period 2, we adjourn to the front office where we borrow a conference room to debrief, review footage and brainstorm possibilities that we saw for the hybrid course. I’ve forgotten the tech troubles that Bryan was facing (no working monitor view).  I forgot that I handed Bryan a new camera to learn.  What I remember seeing is Bryan,  engaged, moving around the room, listening to student conversations, and collecting footage to help inform our work.

I appreciate working with Bryan, his can-do attitude and his fearless approach to facilitating 21st Century Learning.  In our team reflection, Jessica shares an insight that remaining “calm” in unfamiliar situations or situations that introduce the unknown (like using a first day of class to film in) is useful strategy to work productively. Interestingly and unguardedly, Bryan shares during his turn in the debrief that felt like giving up on the new camera, and almost actually gave up trying to get it to work.  Looking at Jessica’s reflection and Bryan’s reflection side by side and again reviewing my memory of Bryan filming in the classroom – indeed, the whole journey from the moment I introduced the idea of him using the new camera – what stays with me is how Bryan embodies a calm spirit and a steady approach as he engages in a real-time, pressure-filled, hands-on learning experience.  All this is obvious in spite of the fact that Bryan feels the pressure, the stress and the emotion of the moment. He manages the internal upheaval and faces the challenges of 21st Century Learning, like new technology, rapid learning opportunities, real-time application of skills, with fearlessness. Read more about his take here.

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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.

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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.

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