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20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning

20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
  via SHIFT Disruptive eLearning Still not convinced Mobile Learning is something your organization should evaluate? Consider these eye-opening statistics published by different organizations ...

Via Terese Bird, Gabi Witthaus, Gilly Salmon
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this highlights that mobile stuff isn't going away. Schools need to consdier what this means for learning and digital citizenship

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SHIFT eLearning's comment, July 30, 2013 11:43 AM
Thanks for sharing!!
Dolly Bhasin 's comment, July 30, 2013 11:52 PM
Excellent compilation, thanks for sharing!
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Really eyeopening, specially - "Ambient Insight reports a surging global mobile learning market. The countries with the highestgrowth rates (all over 60%) are China, India, and Indonesia. The countries with the lowest growth rates (all under 5%) are Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, the three most mature Mobile Learning markets on the planet."

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Projects_Made with Code

Projects_Made with Code | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
Code a creative project using Blockly.
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Now this has potential  at all kinds of levels. Imagine setting this as homework? 

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Private education company celebrates taxpayer largesse

Private education company celebrates taxpayer largesse | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
NZ’s largest tertiary education company Intueri, announced a $1.6 million profit this week, courtesy of a massive increase in public funding.
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The neo-liberal agenda of education is in full swing in NZ tertiary contexts, and is alive and well in early childhood too. Our taxpayer money is funding this private wealth.

 

We have an election soon. If we elect to government parties which want to privatise schooling (think charter schools and performance pay for example), we run the risk of siphoning off public education provisions for private profit and diminishing learning opportunities for all our learners.  

 

We need well-read, diverse, tolerant and critically reflective people to inherit our earth. We don't need an education system that has the profit motive as its primary goal.

 

Read the small print of parties' manifestos before voting. This matters. 

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Interrogating educatioNZ: Assumptions about digital technologies' impact on teachers' pedagogy

Interrogating educatioNZ: Assumptions about digital technologies' impact on teachers' pedagogy | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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another post in our blog. Ready for comments and feedback

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 10:54 PM

There are some interesting points made about using digital technologies, their impact on pedagogy, resistance to using digital technologies, and whether digital technologies impact learning and teaching.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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mLearning Day - Faculty of Education, Waikato University, Nov 2014

The University of Waikato Faculty of Education invites you to the mLearning Day.
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Feed your head! A day of focusing on mobile technologies and how teachers use them to help kids learn

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Disrupting boundaries: how digital devices became a resource for transformative change in a time of crisis

Disrupting boundaries: how digital devices became a resource for transformative change in a time of crisis | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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This is also an interesting article. It appears that what has been transformed (through doing something a new way), is how learning is understood. There is a seamlessness described here. But what has been 'transformed' (given that this project was viewed through a transformation lens)? Relationships? Learning? Teaching? Where learning happens? I'm not clear that transformation can be claimed - shifts yes. But are these shifts because the circumstances required things to be different? Needs must? Was it the digital stuff or the readiness to find ways out of a shaken educational hole? Transformation suggests (excuse the analogy, given the circumstances) seismic shifts, rather than adjustments, doesn't it?  

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 10:43 PM

Rather than disrupting, it might be more about destabilizing, deconstructing, and reconstructing. The world is continuously being destabilized. It can never be the same moment-to-moment as people cannot be either. Reality is continuously being deconstructed and reconstructed. It is not just reorganizing and using the same material over, as that may not exist. It is about using what is there and bringing newness into the project of reconstruction. The novel brings the strange and dangerous with it, but it is about what is continuously emerging.

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A grand tradition continues

A grand tradition continues | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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This is definitely a national educational treasure. The School Journal has been going since 1907! A great way for our tax dollars to be spent - Kiwi stories for Kiwi kids. Generations of kids have learned to read and understand through fiction, non-fiction poetry and images. A fine literary and educational tradition that NZ writers contribute too. This is to be celebrated. 

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Teachers Take Game-Based Learning to the Next Level

Teachers Take Game-Based Learning to the Next Level | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
A lesson using "Minecraft" can touch on history, engineering and ancient architecture (RT @ESA_Foundation: Great article by @EdTech_K12 magazine about the success of #videogames in classrooms: http://t.co/7KqUkFF6xW)...
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There has been a lot about Minecraft and its use educationally on the internet over the past year (in particular). This post adds to that discussion.

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Using Mobile Web 2.0 to Transform Pedagogy and Engage Learners - Ako Aotearoa

Using Mobile Web 2.0 to Transform Pedagogy and Engage Learners - Ako Aotearoa | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
Author Thomas Cochrane, Unitec New Zealand
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While this is mainly aimed at the tertiary sector, it is worth a look for the ideas it contains

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Train teachers in schools: report - New Zealand Herald

Train teachers in schools: report - New Zealand Herald | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
The Dominion Post Train teachers in schools: report New Zealand Herald The push for "training schools" comes in the first year of a groundbreaking scheme by one Auckland school in which aspiring teachers complete their training in school and as...
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Hmm.

I don't know much about this particular programme, so I won't talk about it in particular. However, it's got me thinking about teacher education and what such programmes as the one the Herald reported, imply about teacher education. 

 

An issue with by-passing a teacher education organisation is that siting pre-service teachers in schools full-time is likely to focus only on practice. That's unless the mentors for these pre-service teachers have access to, and have the time to, sift the wealth of educational research available about educational practice and theory that informs thinking, develops reflective practice, and teaches people how to think about pedagogy, understand what they observe, and use that new knowledge to design their own learning. Do they also have the expertise to help pre-service teachers to design, implement, gather evidence and analyse robust action research projects that will help them understand their practice?

 

There should, like most things, be a balance.

 

Practice with theory is as empty as theory without practice when you are talking about learning and teaching. A scheme which by-passes teacher education institutions basically says to those places (and I work in one, after spending 20 years teaching in a variety of NZ secondary schools) that staff, with their accumulated knowledge, experience, higher qualifications (many of us now have to have doctorates or are working towards them) theory and practice is irrelevant. Education - pedagogy- is a discipline. It has theories and practices that matter. Ignoring those or deeming them irrelevant, essentially imperils kids' learning experiences. 

 

If schools are about teaching kids to think critically and understand how to become citizens fully able to sift rhetoric from fact, spin from sound evidence, why do such programmes as the one prompting this set of comments imply an anti-intellectual bias? Teachers are knowledge workers. I'm a knowledge worker, and have been for over 30 years. Does that mean that because I'm not in front of classes in a school every day, I know nothing of value? I've heard our grads come back from a practicum saying things like "My associate advised me to forget what they told me here [ie in their teacher education programme] because the staff don't know anything".  

 

Is such a point of view still in abundance?

 

What other places than teacher education institutions are dedicated to helping teachers and future teachers 'see' the bigger picture than the right-here, right-now of the treadmill that is a school's timetable? That can see beyond the inexorable churn of what might be 120 kids a day per teacher in a secondary school? 

 

I'd love to know what others think about this. 

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Stephen Bright's comment, March 5, 3:21 PM
Absolutely agree with your analysis Noeline. As Kurt Lewin, the founding father of social psychology famously said; "there is nothing so practical as a good theory'.
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Services to Schools | Supporting literacy and learning

Services to Schools | Supporting literacy and learning | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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A very very cool NZ repository of learning materials

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enabling e-Learning - enabling eLearning

enabling e-Learning - enabling eLearning | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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This site curates a range of NZ-focused elearning content

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Teachnology: The Tu Tane Programme, ChromeBook ease, and the liberation to learn

Teachnology: The Tu Tane Programme, ChromeBook ease, and the liberation to learn | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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Here's a way to have your cake and eat it too, educationally speaking. 

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Sketchplanations - Explain with a Sketch

Sketchplanations - Explain with a Sketch | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
Explaining one thing a day in a sketch.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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a great tool for teaching and learning about good questions

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Bonita Bray's curator insight, July 11, 2013 6:26 PM

love this idea - the visual is such a great teacher.  I'm off to explore Sketchplanations.

Noeline Wright's comment, July 12, 2013 3:50 AM
Now this is a great way to develop questioning skills
María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 15, 2013 4:14 AM

¡¡¡¡Magnifica idea¡¡¡ Gracias.

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Teacher's iPad 2015

Teacher's iPad 2015 | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
During this coming academic year, the iPad will celebrate it's 5th birthday. I decided to take a look at my own iPad and what systems, apps and activities fill up my school day as an iPad teacher 5...
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Thanks to Maria Persson for alerting me to this blog. Some great thinking by this teacher in NZ. 

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Teachnology: Culturally responsive e-learning pedagogy

Teachnology: Culturally responsive e-learning pedagogy | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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great post from Tim Gander exploring culturally responsive pedagogy and Mishra and Koehler's (2006) TPACK framework. Entirely relevant to New Zealand teachers wrestling with addressing diverse learning and cultural needs. 

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Interrogating educatioNZ: Bonk & Khoo (2014) – Adding some TEC-VARIETY

Interrogating educatioNZ: Bonk & Khoo (2014) – Adding some TEC-VARIETY | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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my colleague and I share this blog. Dianne's post on  reviewing a new book

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Interrogating educatioNZ: Is there hope (and depth) beyond the bandwagon?

Interrogating educatioNZ: Is there hope (and depth) beyond the bandwagon? | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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Dianne and I are co-editing a blog  about all things educational (as the inspiration takes us). It's Dianne's turn this week 

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Doing the ‘hard yards’ as positive role models

Doing the ‘hard yards’ as positive role models | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting way to engage kids who have been demonstrating anti-social behaviours. Good luck to them. My question however, is what if rugby isn't their thing? What alternatives are there? Is this shoe-horning these boys into a singular way of being? I'd also love to know how anti-social girls in this school are supported to alter their dispositional thinking. 

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Future-focused learning report - Ministry of Education

Future-focused learning in connected communities report from the Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye's 21st Century Learning Reference Group.
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This report needs careful reading by NZ teachers and teacher educators. Some gaps are glaring: no definition of what 21st century learning is, or who 21st century learners are (aren't we all, by dint of being in the same century??); only one reference to initial teacher education (called 'training' in the report) - it is ignored otherwise, as if teachers enter schools already fully formed and unmediated; asserts that "Digital technologies change the way students learn, the way teachers teach, and where and when learning takes place." (p.4) yet provides no evidence of this, particularly the first point. Does it change the way teachers teach? Or does it have the POTENTIAL? Love to hear your thoughts

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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History in the City: Teaching With Pinterest and Wikipedia

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Now this is very cool. I have shared this with teachers I know, my grad pre-service teachers and my teacher education colleagues. It is a great example of the value of theory to practice, excellent pedagogical design, and a keen focus on developing critical thinking. It's genius! Thanks Theo Kuechel for sharing what you found!

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Home | Sciencelearn Hub

Home | Sciencelearn Hub | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
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And another very cool NZ education site - bringing science, scientists and learning at school together

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Future-focused learning and teaching / Pedagogy / Teaching / enabling e-Learning - enabling eLearning

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futures focused teaching and learning - what we need to be aware of, think about, and prepare to deal with

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Computers in New Zealand Schools (CINZS), Centre for Distance Education & Learning Technologies, University of Otago, New Zealand

Computers in New Zealand Schools journal, Centre for Distance Education & Learning Technologies, University of Otago, New Zealand
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20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning

20 Eye-Opening Stats You Probably Didn't Know About Mobile Learning | Pedagogy in schools | Scoop.it
  via SHIFT Disruptive eLearning Still not convinced Mobile Learning is something your organization should evaluate? Consider these eye-opening statistics published by different organizations ...

Via Terese Bird, Gabi Witthaus, Gilly Salmon
Noeline Wright's insight:

this highlights that mobile stuff isn't going away. Schools need to consdier what this means for learning and digital citizenship

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SHIFT eLearning's comment, July 30, 2013 11:43 AM
Thanks for sharing!!
Dolly Bhasin 's comment, July 30, 2013 11:52 PM
Excellent compilation, thanks for sharing!
Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, July 30, 2013 11:55 PM

Really eyeopening, specially - "Ambient Insight reports a surging global mobile learning market. The countries with the highestgrowth rates (all over 60%) are China, India, and Indonesia. The countries with the lowest growth rates (all under 5%) are Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, the three most mature Mobile Learning markets on the planet."