The worst thing forward-facing leaders face is not making progress – feeling stuck. The solution for most is trying harder. Stepping on the gas feels right, but it’s wrong.....
Allan Shaw's insight:
When you are stuck don't balme others or the situation. 'If you persistently feel stuck, who’s responsible? You’ll stay stuck until you change.' There is wisdom in knowing when circumstance dictates a new approach.
Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud and anywhere access. In the future, teaching and learning is going to be social, says Matt Britland
Allan Shaw's insight:
I agree with what Matt has said in this post. The unspoken aspects lay under all this useful discussion of technology and its role. The often unspoken includes the learning outcomes we work towards with students and how to get to those outcomes using all our resources, time, professional staff, support staff, spaces and technologies including digital and others such as systems technologies (timetables) to name but one.
The importance of students being aware of what they share on social media websites. Obviously, pictures are the most shared digital content on such platforms. In Facebook alone millions of pictures are uploaded to it daily. Given this explosive growth of online photo sharing, we are hard pressed to teach our students and kinds about the ethics behind online photo sharing.
`Beginning in our next school year, we are very excited to implement iPads (iPad2 devices) as a tool for collaborative learning in our English and Media faculty. We believe that the technology can enhance our pedagogy, whilst engaging our students in the basics of reading, writing and speaking & listening. We believe that the devices can harness excitement and confidence in our students, unleashing greater creativity and raising literacy standards. By using Apple TV, we will use the devices as a tool for formative assessment, immediately streaming student responses, writing, annotation or presentations and films etc. We are not going for the 1-to-1 model, instead the device will be used as a collaborative tool in groups. A class set will effectively be 7 to 8 iPads.``
It is interesting and pleasing to note that more people are looking to use digital technologies to address appropriate predefined learning goals that may differ from those that best suit traditional learning goals and pen and paper technologies.
It is no secret that ICT is impacting on education in a massive way. However, there are certain subjects where the benefits of integrating technology might not be as apparent. The emotive reaction from ...
Allan Shaw's insight:
As one who used very simple and clunky animations software twenty years ago in the classroom, you'll find no argument with me in using digital tools for students to express their creativity and to learn creative processes.
Now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools. Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today.
'While I agree with the basis of this article, we do have a romantic attachment to the past, especially parents who want their children to experience schools as they DID, I don't completely agree with this article. There are reasons for understanding the "way things work" and there are reasons for knowing one's history--as Winston Churchill said, "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it." That said, this article really speaks to the way we go about learning and, yes, that has really changed.'
US data but Pew Research is reputable. Privacy is a learned habit and we cannot assume younger people see the need. Maybe they will be proven correct and privacy is not required to the same degree as I feel it is and should be? Thanks Gust Mees.
Editor's Note: As we scramble to adjust or contest changes to education on a daily basis, it's hard to keep focus on the "big picture." Here's one snapshot of what the future of learning could look like, circa 2025.
Albert Einstein wrote: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. So the unknown, the mysterious, is where art and science meet.
Keeping his words in mind, educators everywhere are beginning to work art into education. Because we live in the 21st century, we have all the tools right at our fingertips, quite literally. The Internet hosts site after site devoted to integrating art into education.
Right here, you’ll find some of the best websites and some interesting ideas that are easily altered to fit various lessons. Explore 50 ways to add artistic elements to the simplest and most complex lessons.
Collection, validation and curation of information is becoming so much more important. Information and opinion is very easy to publish; information is easy to access; quality data is much harder to sift out. I'm of an age where the librarian and teacher sifted the collections/books I had access to at school. It is now quite different and thus our responsibility to provide instruction on the topic of quality online research is risen.
Many of us imagine that creativity involves a sudden flash of insight; that it comes as a gift, without much effort; and we believe that expertise and learning blocks creativity. But these beliefs are just myths.