7 things to consider #2

Believe it or not, I’ve actually kept to my blogging routine for the first time this year – amazing.  I had some nice feedback via several channels on the first post of this new series so hopefully you find the following resources useful too.

Whilst I think all the resources, links etc I’ve added this time are of value, I need to ay if you only look at 1 in depth, please make it the blog post resource below and importantly watch the video that is at the bottom of that post. For those heading into holidays – enjoy.

Blog post
This blog post but importantly the video in it (please make sure you watch the video!) sums up what teaching and learning should be all about for our students: personalised, challenge based, inquiry based, values based, student lead, relevant, engaging, purposeful, reflective, collaborative – and the list could go on and on…….

We are so proud of the way our students approached this challenge, and the way in which they have become more aware of life beyond themselves. Their collaborative work, leadership skills and desire to succeed was inspiring. More importantly, it has been the fact they now realise they can do something to help those more unfortunate than themselves, even though they are still in primary school.

Read the blog post and watch the video here: http://applesforkids.org/archives/309


Education News article
Found this article interesting from the Sydney Morning Herald
and the work of John Hattie, whom no doubt most people in education are aware of.  What tickled my fancy was his take on the changing role of teachers from the past where teachers were the ones who needed to impart knowledge, to his analogy of teaching relating to video games.

Professor Hattie, appointed this year as the director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, says teachers need to stop spending 80 per cent of their time in class talking and start listening.

Click here to read the full article: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/just-shut-up-and-listen-expert-tells-teachers-20110609-1fv9y.html#ixzz1QiOoEfBC


Video
As you are not doubt aware, the role of social media in society now is extremely mainstream and whilst there can be some obvious downsides to this, the potential for positive and engaging use in education is unlimited. (more on this from me at a later date) Just a short video below that highlights some updated stats around social media use in every day life now.



Site
There is a wide range of resources available for teachers and schools around Cybersafety, but I wanted to highlight this one by www.cybersmart.gov.au that teachers might be interested in doing to support their understanding of the online world our students thrive in. It is a free self paced PD course put together by ACMA for primary and secondary teachers.

Connect.ed provides teachers with the flexibility of a self paced environment to learn about current online behaviours of students, potential risks involved in these activities, a teacher’s and school’s duty of care and the appropriate tools, resources and strategies to help students to have safe and positive experiences online.

Personally the more we can do to get educators to learn about this area, the better informed we can all become to help educate our students – to find out more click here: http://acma.janison.com/acma/


Research/Resource
The latest K-12 Horizon report has been released recently. It’s worth a read to see what is ‘on the horizon’ for technology and schools in the short and not so long term.

Each edition of The NMC Horizon Report introduces six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use in the educational community within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years. Each report also presents critical trends and challenges that will affect teaching and learning over the same time frame.

Download and read the latest K-12 Horizon Report for 2011: http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2011-Horizon-Report-K12.pdf


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@paulfuller75 “Productive learning is the learning process which reinforces and engenders wanting to learn more.” – Seymour Sarason #iste11


Tech Tip
Don’t we all love getting a document sent to us in the latest and greatest version of a piece of software which we can’t open because we don’t have it.  Now not picking on our friends at Microsoft, but Word is the major culprit in this with the .docx extension.  The tech tip is below is on how to change the default file format in MS Word to enable it to be the standard .doc, which means documents you send will be readable by others – you just need those who shed you documents to do the same. Tutorial is made for a MAc but the process is not too dissimilar for Word on a PC.