Mark blogs daily about technology and education at ictevangelist.com.
I was recently put on to MentorMob by Daniel Edwards – a web 2.0 tool to share ‘Learning Playlists’ - a bit like micro favourite lists as you might see on Delicious.
The site allows members of the community to build Learning Playlists based upon specific topics. Where it differs from a posh list of links is that you can build the list with an order of difficulty - ‘beginner’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’. One of the coolest features of the lot (for teachers) is that you can also add in pop quizzes within the playlist, thereby adding in learning checks based upon multiple choice or true/false options. This doesn’t lend itself to higher order / extended abstract responses, but playlists are not intended to completely replace the role of the teacher anyway!
I dipped my toes into the MentorMob community last week with a playlist aimed at putting all of my resources about the power of Twitter for teachers in one place. I linked up all my blog posts, put them in ascending order, added in the great screencasts by @DavidMiller_UK and published.
In the course of a week, the playlist has had a total of more than 10,000 hits. I’ve been receiving stories about how the playlist has been used by schools and teachers all over the world to help teachers looking to join Twitter support their own professional development. It’s been amazing.
All that aside, it has really struck me how this tool could be used to construct Learning Playlists for students to work through prior to their attendance in lessons. What I am going to try next week is sharing playlists with students prior to their lessons. I am going to ask students to work through the playlist for their homework and then when they attend class, I will build upon and develop their learning, using the flipped model. I think it’s going to work really well.
What do you think?