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Nigel Coutts

The Eight Cultural Forces - The lens & the lever - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    This unavoidable and irreducible complexity means that schools are challenging place to study, to understand and to manage change within. Even for the teacher who spends everyday inside the school there is so much going on that unguided observations and the plans based upon them come with no guarantee of success. - We need a lens and a lever to manage this complexity. -  Such a lens is offered by the 'cultural forces'.
Nigel Coutts

A culture of innovation requires trust and resilience - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Two quotes by Albert Einstein point to the importance of creating a culture within our schools (and organisations) that encourages experimentation, innovation, tinkering and indeed failure. If we are serious about embracing change, exploring new approaches, maximising the possibilities of new technologies, applying lessons from new research and truly seek to prepare our students for a new work order, we must become organisations that encourage learning from failure
Nigel Coutts

Culture, Change and the Individual - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    A recent post by George Couros (author of The innovators Mindset) posed an interesting question about the role that culture plays in shaping the trajectory of an organisation. The traditional wisdom is that culture trumps all but George points to the role that individuals play in shaping and changing culture itself. Is culture perhaps less resilient than we are led to imagine and is it just a consequence of the individuals with the greatest influence? Or, is something else at play here?
Nigel Coutts

Banishing The Culture of Busyness - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    At the start of each year we arrive back from our break hopefully rested and energised. The new year brings many new opportunities including new students, new team members and new teaching programmes. We begin again the climb up the hill with a fresh group of learners arriving at our doors full of excitement who will rely on us to meet their learning needs in the year ahead. All of this means we are at risk of starting the year with a certain level of panic. There is so much to do, our students are not accustomed to our routines, we don't know each other well, there are parents to meet, assessments to be done and before we know it we are back to being busy. 
Nigel Coutts

Learning vs Work in a Culture of Thinking - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    Earlier this year a group of teachers I work with explored the 'Eight Cultural Forces' identified by Ron Ritchhart of Harvard's Project Zero. In doing so we decided to focus on our use of the term learning instead of the word work. Our goal was to bring our language choices into the spotlight and explore how a more deliberate focus on learning might alter the culture of our classrooms. Two terms later this focus persists and it is worth reflecting on the effect that this has had.
Nigel Coutts

Change, culture and Cultural Change in Education - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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     Embedded in the very weave of the organisation, culture is the most difficult aspect of an organisation to change and the hardest form of change to sustain 'That's because transforming a culture requires influencing people's deepest beliefs and most habitual behaviours' (Rogers, Meehan & Tanne 2006 p5). Rogers et al indicate that as little as 10% of all organisations that set out to develop a high performing culture achieve their goal.
Nigel Coutts

Constructing a positive classroom culture - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    How might we shape that culture and how will we understand the many forces at work? Understanding the culture of class or perhaps even a school is an important element of our teaching but realising the complexity of this task must come first.
Sarah Oliver

Transportation Alternatives: T.A. Magazine Article: Provocateur: The Sacred "Rac" - 1 views

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    November/December 1997, p.2An Indian anthropologist, Chandra Thapar, made a study of foreign cultures which had customs similar to those of his native land. One culture in particular fascinated him because it reveres one animal as sacred, much as the people in India revere the cow. This article is to provoke thought in students about the way we view other cultures beliefs and customs. The 'arc' is a car, and the foreign culture is the USA.
Debi Griggs

E-Portfolios: Are We There Yet? -- Campus Technology - 2 views

  • The push toward e-portfolios is not just a willy-nilly "technology is causing a revolution and I don't know what we're doing" type of change. Our whole culture has gone digital, knowledge has changed entirely--yes, it's a big change, but we actually know the way to go. We have evidence in the practices gathered together that gives us a pathway forward.
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    The cultural change that must accompany the move toward using e-portfolios as a method of assessing learning.
Anne Carlson

Google Custom Search - Cultural Differences in E-Learning - 3 views

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    This search engine is designed to assist online instructors in understanding the role of culture in online learning.
Karen Nickel

Photo Story - 0 views

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    Create slideshows using your digital photos. Edit pictures and add special effects, soundtracks and your own voice narration. Add titles and captions. Email them or watch them on your TV or computer. Because students can add their own voice narration, this is a great tool for world language classes. We use it in German 2 for students to tell about a vacation.
mcphailj

VoiceThread - Conversations in the cloud - 4 views

shared by mcphailj on 28 Jun 10 - Cached
  • Presence Text alone can’t deliver the subtlety and expression required for meaningful connection. If text were enough, we wouldn’t use emoticons, get on planes, or use web-conferencing software. VoiceThreading is a more human way to connect.
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    A tool for having conversations around media. Upload pictures and then add comments. I've seen this used for students around the world to post pictures of their homes and then comment on the differences and similarities. Great language tool because comments are written and/or spoken. Great cultural tool because of the addition of media.
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    VoiceThread is a great tool for asynchronous communication about a specific image, document, or presentation. While text is neat, there is something special about listening to someone's voice.
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    VoiceThreads could be created featuring presentations (about a primary document related to immigration) for teacher and student use, encourageing reflection (of historic photograph(s) taken at Ellis Island) by students, and host a debate (about immigration).
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    VoiceThread is a great way to add voice to an online class. Students can create and participate in discussions with voice rather than simply text.
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    This, right here, is what I desperately wish my students had in place of Finalsite as a way of creating blogs for their school Mission Portfolios. I know it isn't set up the exact same way, but it would certainly accomplish nearly the same purpose.
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    Bridges the gap between real-time discussions and the standard video lecture.
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    voice, visuals and real prescence
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    I think this could be a useful tool to communicate online. The "Text can't replace you" is what caught my eye.  It offers voice to your writing.
Karen Nickel

Skype - 0 views

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    Skype - software that lets you talk over the Internet to anyone, anywhere in the world for free. Skype is a great way to connect in real time with people in other countries to learn language and culture.
Renee Williams

Online Communities: Establishing a Community's Culture - Online Community Report - 2 views

  • What are the three most important factors in establishing and maintaining a community's culture?"
Dennis OConnor

WorldImages - 0 views

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    WorldImages (http://worldimages.sjsu.edu) The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains almost 75,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. The images can be located using many search techniques, and for convenience they are organized into over 800 portfolios which are then organized into subject groupings. To explore them click below.
Annette Marchand

Art | Open Culture - 0 views

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    Links to interesting arts and humanities, current.
Gwen Nachman

Online Classes Help Preserve the Navajo Language | Edutopia - 0 views

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    American Academy, an online high school, revives dying languages. Students learn agglutinative languages -- most words are formed by combining simple words. Attempt to save vanishing languages with over 200 classes.
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