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Roland Gesthuizen

It's time to stop hating Google Glass - 26 views

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    "In the nearly two years since Google began testing its augmented-reality eyewear, public reaction has progressed from "that's amazing" to "those look stupid" to "if you wear them, you deserve to be physically assaulted." Google always said people would need some time to adjust to the concept of smart glasses, but this probably isn't the evolution the company had in mind. "
Roland Gesthuizen

T is for teaching - 27 views

  • He points out it is not just schools that block social media; many workplaces do so also. ''The safety and wellbeing of every student is a primary concern for schools and systems, and we shouldn't misinterpret good intentions around this.''
  • schools shouldn't underestimate the fact students are accessing social media on their phones at school anyway
  • Twitter encourages students to respond to each other's questions rather than accept he is the only one with the answers
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  • We have to tame social media to use it to advantage kids' learning
  • It's truly important that teachers today have a really good understanding of how young people learn, play and socialise outside their formal classroom
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    "CAMPBELL Walsh was sick of waiting for his NAPLAN test results. ''I wanted to know how I'd done. It had already been about four months and I still hadn't got the results,'' says the year 5 student from Aitken Creek Primary in the outer Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn. "
Roland Gesthuizen

True believer keen on spreading the social media word - 19 views

  • ''Trying to take all of what is happening on Twitter in is like drinking from a fire hydrant,'' he says. ''So you end up thinking of it as a stream that's flowing past you; you throw your hook in and pull out an idea and if it's good then you let it go and let other people share in it.''
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    "ROLAND Gesthuizen describes himself as a social media evangelist. His passion for social media and Twitter in particular extends beyond the global power of tapping into and sharing ideas. For his students it has brought the outside world to his classroom in a way that could never be imagined."
Roland Gesthuizen

Victorian Teachers Strike - 35 views

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    'Thousands of protesting school teachers have reached the steps of Parliament, swamping the intersection of Bourke and Spring streets in a sea of red. Up to 25,000 teachers walked off the job today, forcing 54 primary and secondary schools to close, as they went in search of better pay and conditions from the state government."
Roland Gesthuizen

School principal answers call to ditch mobile phone ban - 60 views

  • 'If there is too big a disconnect between school and the rest of society, people start to think we have got our heads in the sand - and the boys think we are even bigger idiots than they do normally,'
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    "THIS year Christian Brothers' College in St Kilda East did something radical: overturned its long-standing ban on students bringing mobile phones to school. The decision was not made lightly. Principal Gerald Bain-King recalls agonising over the risks when a trial was first mooted several years ago."
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