A collection of articles, information and tutorials for all things technology, curriculum and pedagogy, currently being explored at Prendiville Catholic College, Australia.
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This method of teaching harnesses both teacher expertise and flipped, student-lead learning, all enriched with technology. It is beginning to sit quite well with me as I have noticed some students still want to take notes, listen and learn from you - the expert teacher in this case is still valued! This could also be supplemented with teachers online and so on!
"The bulletin boards throughout Green Hills School may look normal — with colorful paper and pictures covering them — but hover a tablet or smartphone loaded with a special app over them and they turn into learning tools, complete with videos and interactive lessons.
“I didn't want there to be all these passive areas throughout the school,” Superintendent John Nittolo said. “I wanted there to be chances for people to interact, to manipulate, to find info that changes so it's not static.”
The brainchild of Louis Rossi, the school's mathematics and ThinkSTEM coach, each bulletin board — technically known as “Augmented Reality Interactive Boards” — gives students an opportunity to learn away from the classroom."
Use of QR codes and Aurasma can create an augmented reality where students simply need to hold their iPad up to an image or code to receive information. These are great for scavenger hunts and any activity students need to gather ideas, but here is an idea to use them with bulletin boards. This is hopefully something we can do in the Library soon!
It is always a good time to introduce students to new web search strategies or review the ones they already know. The folks at Canva put together a nice infographic about how to be a Google Search Star.
A great infographic to remind kids on how to find precisely what they are looking for. Remember, Google is not a person - do not ask it questions! Instead, use precise keywords and get familiar with the Advanced tools.
We love EdPuzzle for introducing quick ways to make personalised videos, without ever actually having to make those videos! Use a clip from Youtube, Vimeo or another service, crop it, add questions and pauses, then share it with others. Students at Prendiville are already using this tool in some classes.
Teachers are still learning how to harness the educational potential of the thousand of apps on offer.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
This is an interesting article from The Age about the implications of technology for schools ... it seems in my mind, the outside world is only just beginning to realise what amazing transformations are happening in our schools. The tech is here to stay - but it has always been about how this may help students engage in the learning process - and what is the best tool to facilitate this.
I LOVE ThingLink: only just started using it, but the possibilities are endless for what I can make to help my students and how they can show their understanding. ThingLink is an easy way to make interactive images overlaid with text, links, images and even video. It has to be seen to be appreciated!
When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There …
Twitter is the latest tech company to reveal figures showing women are still underrepresented in the information and communication technology (ICT) workforce.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
How do we get more girls interested in ICT?
The research says that initiatives like GeekGirls or RoboGals attrat females who are already interested in the industry, but do not get the attention of those who have decided it is not for them. Robotics and programming are some of the most diverse and broad skills you can learn. Women often do not consider these university pathways. I think, if we go back to school, it might be that girls are assumed not to have an interest or are not catered for in a way that suits them. Technology that tells a story gets their attention. Programming is one of the most eloquent ways of storytelling.
If girls continue to be under-represented in ICT, the voice of women will be largely ignored in this sector where all society needs to be able to participate. There should be no barriers to doing what you would love to do.
Protecting our children from cyber bullying should begin at home and in the classroom.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
A good article in light of the appointment of a federal
Commonwealth Director of Cyber Safety Policy and Programs. Where does responsibility take hold, at the intersection of child autonomy, digital citizenship, online risk and guidance from significant adults?
The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.
Here is a great presentation filled to the brim with simple ideas for using iPads - from Tellagami (recorded animation) to TodaysMeet (backchannel) to Fotobabble (recording voice over a picture). Some of these are ones we have used at school before, others open up new channels we are yet to explore!
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It's hard for many of us living here in the early 21st century to imagine a world without satellites. Well, in fairness, we don't really think about satellites at all. Much like electricity or tap water, we only remember how vital they are when they stop working. Our GPS devices, smartphones, and modern military infrastructure all depend on satellites.
But before they ruled our world, experts were predicting how they might radically alter the way we communicate. And as with many predictions that we look at here at Paleofuture, they got a lot right, just not in the form that was initially imagined.
The February 17, 1962 issue of the Sunday comic strip Our New Age (in this case, run on a Saturday in the Chicago Daily News) envisioned the fantastic advancements that the introduction of satellites would allow. Everything from the decline of "old fashioned mail" to the rise of video-conferencing from home was predicted by Athelstan Spilhaus, dean of the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and author of the comic strip.
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Several tools listed here that will help deliver flipped content to your class - but remember, flipped just means divorcing the content from the teacher and allowing students to access this in their own way.
“ As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …”
Some real gems in this list that can change the way you teach for the better. These apps include ones to support flipped instructions, that help students choose a path through the content, that help organise and sort out daily tasks, and that allow publishing to a global audience. A fantastic list.
I love using memes with kids - I use them to display the classroom guidelines for behaviour and on stickers when they do well in assessments. They really understand and remember the meaning (even if sometimes I have to google some of the weirder ones!)
Alan November speaks about The Flip in Sydney, 2012.
Melissa Marshall's insight:
A great video where Alan speaks about how the brain works, problem-solving, the question of homework and why students might be motivated to learn one thing and not another. This is more about how we think rather than what technology we might use to get there!
How do we understand what is going on in the mind. Homework should be about asking questions rather than doing problems. This is why flipped learning is so important here. If we can get students asking patterns of questions, we can diagnose how they need to think things through.
The real problem is a learning design problem. Schools are good at teaching you how to be taught - not learning how to learn. This is what we need.