I like to follow a lot of the TEDtalks. They are often thought-provoking and frequently challenging.
Yesterday, when I checked, I found that one of my favourite speakers, Sir Ken Robinson , has done another talk for them. He is again champions a radical rethink of our school systems. Although not talking specifically about the Australian system, it is easy to apply his logic here. Watch the video and then answer his challenge: How do we get out of the educational “death valley” we now face? How do we nurture our students, teaching them to value and cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligences.
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
If you are involved in education here in Victoria it is very easy to see the rise in mobile computing across all levels of schooling. The demand on the servers has been increasing enormously and recently many schools seem to have taken steps to move towards the cloud.
Until recently it has been quite tentative, with pilot projects and limited use, often by individual teachers or faculties for single projects and without a whole school commitment.
At our school some staff, especially those in the technology area who have carefully built our in-house network, the cloud technologies are not an option. They fear the move to the cloud and it will require a significant change in mindset before they come on board. Most of what we use/do is on the intranet. Staff book the internet for their classes if they want to use external sites. This limits the usefulness of many of our online work in wikis and blogs. There are so many other great online tools and collaborative opportunities for real-world learning. We also need to be teaching students how to exist safely and responsiblity in the online work. I know that there are issues and problems may occur but they seem to see only the problems. There are ways around those as there are with the problems the occur on our intranet. It just requires the will first of all and then planning. If we are not careful we will be left behind if this infographic is anywhere near the mark.
Infographic was put together with US data in August 2012 but anecdotally the trend is also applicable here in this state as well.
Those that research and write for Online Colleges see that a much greater commitment to the cloud is coming. They estimate that K–12 schools will allocate an average of 17 percent of their total IT budget (US costs) to cloud-related services and in five years that projection goes up to 27 percent.
Please include attribution to OnlineColleges.net with this graphic.
The last week has been very busy working with English teachers to match the more reluctant boys in their classes with books they might enjoy. It can be hard work sometimes but so rewarding when you have some success. We also had parent/teacher interviews over two days/nights. The English teachers stressed that the boys should be reading in a number of interviews so I had a chance to talk to the boys and their parents about what might be of interest to them. It was also interesting to see that many parents after looking at the books on display (many were military fiction and biographies/autobiographies out for ANZAC Day) had their boys borrow a book for them to read.
I was very happy to talk about books and reading when I didn’t have an interview of my own. One of the books I enjoyed last year was Itch by Simon Mayo. I read a review in a blog from the UK and bought it via my Kindle to read. The book was later released as a paperback that we now have in the library.
The main character, who has the marvelous name of Itchinham Lofte, is fairly ordinary 14-year-old who loves science and has one obsession, his collection of elements. His obsession puts him and his friends in a lot of danger.
There is plenty of intrigue and action with a bad guy, in the form of a mad scientist and a ruthless corporation with dubious morals laying claim to the new element Itch has in his hands. Is the element dangerous and did it cause the death of the mysterious traveler “Cake”? Itch needs to know more but who can he trust with his secret?
An action adventure with a science theme made this book a little unusual. The pace was brisk and the ending a good one. So, after believing you have poisoned your whole class with arsenic gas then going on the run from a your mad science teacher and to top it off almost dying of radiation poisoning, what adventures could there be to write about? There were a few big questions unanswered at the end of the book so there are enough things open for a follow-up story.
The book trailer for the novel was also great. Watch it below.
Now the second in the series has been published. I have yet to read it. I will have to finish off some other books this weekend before I get a copy to read. I will probable get the kindle version before getting a hardcopy as well for the library. We have boys who like the digital format, boys that will read the story whatever the format and others who prefer the traditional book.
There is again a good book trailer to whet the appetite.
by jane hewitt
- 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About | Fluency21 – Committed Sardine Blog A list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used in classrooms.
- More New Androids Than Babies, And Other Surprising Mobile Facts [Infographic] – ReadWrite Another interesting infographic about how important our mobile technology has become to our lives.
- Off-Beat Hamlet | Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY From the Floger Shakespeare Library – looked through YouTube and found some wacky Hamlet humor.
- The 20 Best Education Apps And Web Tools Of The Year – Edudemic Article is an excerpt from the December issue of Edudemic Magazine. It lists the best apps (from educators around the world) resources for 2012.
- Creating Infographics with your Students A good guide for creating infographics with students. Slides by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano that provide you with some tips on how to use them with your students .
- Larrikin Post | Who Owns Your Social Media Posts? Who owns your social media posts? Former Australian Copyright Council employee, lawyer Ian McDonald considers the copyright issues
- Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | User Generated Education Learning to compose a good question is a skill students should possess. Those at the Right Question Institute proposed process for students to learn to formulate their own questions. This can be a good start to having students learn to compose questions. The post lists the QFT six key steps.
- The Technology Source Archives – Seven Principles of Effective Teaching: A Practical Lens for Evaluating Online Courses ”The “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education,” originally published in the AAHE Bulletin (Chickering & Gamson, 1987), are a popular framework for evaluating teaching in traditional, face-to-face courses. The principles are based on 50 years of higher education research (Chickering & Reisser, 1993). A faculty inventory (Johnson Foundation, “Faculty,” 1989) and an institutional inventory (Johnson Foundation, “Institutional,” 1989) based on these principles have helped faculty members and higher-education institutions examine and improve their teaching practices. We, a team of five evaluators from Indiana University’s Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT), recently used these principles to evaluate four online courses in a professional school at a large Midwestern university.”
- The 8 Elements Project-Based Learning Must Have | Edudemic To be classed as project-based learning the listed 8 items are considered ‘essential elements’ of a classroom task.
- 6 Steps to Successfully Integrate Minecraft in Your Classroom | EdReach
- TeachThoughtYour Quick-Guide To Using QR Codes In Education
- Comics in The Classrooms- Great Tools and Tips ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
- CILIP | Presentations Here are links to number of interesting presentations from the “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” seminar that took place in London on February 2013. The event was co-sponsored by IFLA MLAS (Management of Library Associations Committee) and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and featured presentations by experts about the ebook situation in libraries around the world.
- 10 Ways To Use Technology To Teach Writing There are a many technology tools and methods that are available for teaching writing. The 10 are listed here can make the process easier and more enjoyable for both teachers and students. Read more »