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Everyone Can Create Learning Journal Template
Last summer I completed the Apple Learning Coach Program and thought the journaling process was phenomenal. It really helped me practice the coaching process and learn documentation strategies. I thought my teachers could benefit from this journaling process too and curating a journal of examples would create artifacts that not only would document their learning, but house examples they could refer to later. I decided to create a journal template in Pages that my teachers would complete as they worked through projects in the Everyone Can Create series.
Backstory: Each year we work with a cohort of teachers to dive deeper with technology in the classroom. We are a 1:1 iPad environment, but often find that our higher education teachers tend to live in that “substitution” area when using the iPad in class. Our goal is to help them move beyond substitution and transform teaching and learning into an innovative, personalized, and creative experience. Our program is titled “Northeast Apple Learning Academy”. In the past, we just came up with projects for teachers such as creating an interactive syllabus, modifying one assignment, sharing one application they liked, etc. After working through the Apple Learning Coach program, however, I fell in love with the detailed instructions provided in the Everyone Can Create guides and the journaling process used in the coaching program.
Details: I wanted to share the journal my teachers are using with you in case any of you could use this idea. When reviewing the journal, you’ll notice the first section is “Activity”. I have this section divided by month. My teachers were tasked with working through one project from one book each month. August - one project in the Drawing guide; September - one project from the Photo Guide; October - one project from the Music Guide; November - one project from the Video guide. I wanted my teachers to explore ideas from each guide, but not be too overwhelmed in the process. This is why we only worked through one project from each book. In their journals, they shared their example and reflected on challenges and how they might use this in their classes. The last half of the journal is titled “Application.” This section is devoted to sharing what project they chose to implement in their class and reflections on assessment, challenges, and future modifications.
My teachers have to turn their journals into me at the end of the program and those that complete the academy earn a $500 stipend and a digital Apple Learning Academy Badge that is good for 3 years. So far, I am highly impressed with their submissions! This process has truly helped many teachers move beyond substitution and allow their students to create personalized and relevant projects. I count this as a win! ….especially since we are in higher education!
Feel free to use this journal template and make it your own!