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Dave Truss

What's your Professional Growth Plan? | Democratizing Knowledge - 1 views

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    I know I'm much more intentional of my professional development choices as a result of online discussion and anytime learning.
Dave Truss

Home Reading Clips - iPads in 3C - 14 views

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    Tonight, and once a week until the end of the year, my students will record a clip of their home reading on their iPad, and email it to me. They can record the clip as many times as they want, and will choose from a selection of levelled books, books from home, and library books.
Dave Truss

ELT notes: Some thoughts on identity -particularly mine - 6 views

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    Who are we when we are online? Maybe a better question could be, What is it about you that surfaces in an online environment and would not come up anywhere else?
Dave Truss

It's not just a tool « Ideas and Thoughts - 13 views

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    "If we change the vocabulary and consider schools as learning environments, however, it makes no sense to talk about them being broken because environments don't break." Of course we currently aren't using technology to create learning environments at best we're embedding them into our current system.
Dave Truss

Enraptured by Life...: On Taking Ownership of Our Online Life... - 8 views

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    As a Kindergarten teacher, when a child entered my classroom never having held a pair of scissors or not knowing how to tie her shoes, I felt it was my responsibility to teach those skills with support and guidance. It was not for me to judge that that child hadn't been taught those skills at home before coming to school, but to assist in equipping the child with the skills that would be needed as she moved forth in life.
Dave Truss

Antiquing « Intercultural Responsiveness - 4 views

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    Intercultural responsiveness is not something we reach; rather, it's something we explore. As we explore, we begin to learn more about ourselves. As we learn more about ourselves, we ultimately learn more about others. And that is what this journey is about.
Dave Truss

My New Year Resolution: More Quality Comments « Sabrina's Weblog - 0 views

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    Apart from that, writing comments forces us to pay more attention to what we are reading and develop our own ideas further. Sometimes when  I decide to write a short  comment, I end up writing long and complex comments dealing with lots of issues, and I just don't know how I got there...To sum up, quality comments help us to become better bloggers and strengthen community links.
Dave Truss

A Recipient in the Sharing Revolution « - 6 views

  • Sharing, and sharing online specifically, is not in addition to the  work of being an educator.  It is the work.
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    I still haven't come to terms with what exactly the power of our networks mean for concepts like "cheating" - I am sure there are some who might view what I did as dishonest. I like to think it offers insight into what personalized learning could look like and how doing the same old assignments, the same old way, is not good enough.
Dave Truss

A GeekyMomma's Blog: Where Do I Fit In? - 7 views

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    The sticking points when even the teacher next door calls you the "fun teacher" with a snarky attitude. Or when you show your principal some incredibly cool videos your kids made on science lessons, and his comment says something about them doing well on the state test because of all they learned. Do they get it? Maybe. Do they get ME? No. We just live in different worlds; that's all.
Dave Truss

Technological Literacy « Sean Banville's Blog - 13 views

  • Ten “buts” that need to disappear These have all entered my head over the past 16 years, since the time I didn’t know where the on button was on my school’s first Mac. They get in the way of my technological literacy, but shouldn’t. I’ve added just one piece of advice to each.
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    Two questions sprang to mind upon reading Tom's words: 1. How literate / illiterate am I? 2. How literate do we need to be?
Dave Truss

What's the purpose? « scmorgan - 8 views

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    "...My students were not able to "take" or "compile" much of their work. Yes, they created a list of what I asked. Yes, they created a cute "container" in which to hold their work. But I don't believe their portfolio truly represents their thinking, creating, and publishing this year. And that's too bad."
Dave Truss

Where does school culture live? | Found In Translation - 7 views

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    I think the school culture is in how we treat each other. It is not something that sits…like a noun. School culture is a verb…that is a part of how we act, speak, share, collaborate, glance, and interact with each other.
Dave Truss

Shift to the Future: Digital Tools and Social Responsibility - 12 views

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    bring together all our secondary school Principals to try to get to a shared understanding of the "digital" issues they face in their schools and how we might work together to address them. We met a few weeks ago and round-tabled to pull out the issues. I've included a subset below
Dave Truss

ELT notes: IWBs and the Fallacy of Integration - 7 views

  • motivation and control. One seems to need the other, apparently. Keep the students motivated and you are a great teacher in control of the learning process. But we miss the point. Motivation has a short-term effect. New things will be old again. If we equal motivation with learning we will cling too much to it and direct our best efforts (and school budget) to gaining back control. A useless cycle that can lead us to consider extremely double-edged ideas like paying students to keep them learning.
  • We need autonomous, self-motivated students in love with the process of how humanity has learnt.
  • There is a underlying idea in the framing of our questions that needs unlearning. The belief that there are "levels", layers of complexity, hierarchies that we can detect and... well, control. But wait! Isn't that the very old way we want to truly change with new technologies?
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  • We already know it's about shifting power. Tight teacher control is a hindrance to foster empowered students who own their learning paths. We need to be aware of the old way finding its way to surface in what we question.
  • Tech is tech no matter what it does. It's innovative in its nature.
  • We can tell by the huge resistance to it. If there is no resistance in the process, we are probably facing improvements and weighing their gains in efficiency points. Good enough, only it is not an innovation. Innovation is not about "more or better", it's about "different".
  • What is the school picture today? What does my working context look like?I see an illusion that technology is to be bought, taught, used in class and then we can expect everyone to be happy. This false assumption seems to be guiding managerial decisions. This is the same old story behind the idea of technology "integration".
  • I doubt formal courses can make people adopt informal ways of learning. Courses could change teacher behaviour and leave their mindset untouched.
  • students are not digital natives. They know very little about educational uses of the technology they have been using for entertainment purposes only. They are quite ready to resist thoughtful, time consuming uses of the same technology. Particularly if they have had no part in choosing or deciding together with the teacher how we would use it.
  • First things first. Stay out of the tug-of-war. It is not a moment to think if the school is wrong in imposing it and teachers are right in resisting it. It's probably the moment to get together and go ahead purposefully. This is short-term thinking, though. Somehow teachers need to communicate to managers that the buy-don't-ask is an unhealthy approach from now on.
  • Ideally, we should envision a future where authorities engage teachers in conversations before buying.
  • Innovative teaching practices require innovative management practices. Let's think of adoption models that rely on having one-to-one conversations with teachers, experimenting together, asking them how far they feel they need mentoring, identifying what makes teachers happy at work.
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    We need autonomous, self-motivated students in love with the process of how humanity has learnt.
Dave Truss

The Digital Down Low: 1:1 Learning and the iPad...a few thoughts - 13 views

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    Even though most students who already own a laptop own a mac, we know that others are using a range of models running everything... Because our primaryacademic learning platforms (moodle and google apps education edition) run directly through the browser we're able to take a hardware and OS nuetral approach in our 1-1 learning model. @mjmontagne calls this "being device and OS agnostic"
Dave Truss

Needs and tools « Reveal Ties - 4 views

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    What I do want to say is, keep it simple. Digital tools should help you meet your class needs. Just as a piece of chalk does. Just as the tone of your voice does.
Claudia Ceraso

ELT notes: Some things I am certain of (for now, this is beta, OK?) - 17 views

  • teaching is worth discussing. Anything else can be found for free on the Internet.
  • Good technology use in the classroom is transparent and intertwined.
  • Motivation is a drug. It is a short-term target.
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  • Better make people "addicted" to learning, to the process, to the autonomy of it. There are intrinsic reasons why this is pleasurable, meaningful and long lasting per se.
  • 7) Mind the use of the word "enhance" when linked to learning. Mind the gap. Old things are just old things.
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      Note my comment: "This is such a good point! We do not advance from the early airplanes by sticking to using double winged biplanes or 'enhancing' the propeller engine. If a blog is used to 'enhance' the sharing of homework then the point of a blog is missed."
  • 9) Standards are for things that fit a pattern. When educators claim that creativity is a "21st century" essential skill, we need to accept the limitations of striving for standards. Assessment and standards are cousins.
  • Doubt, question and never, ever just assume.
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      This should be a poster to put in classrooms:-)
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      Communicating results is becoming more and more frequent.(#4) Doubting out loud doesn't seem to grant you an "expert" degree, which I notice is the aim of many educators who are blogging. Particularly those who write in Spanish.
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      The poster in the classroom... Interesting. I would change the phrase to "Remember your teacher also expects to learn lots from you". Few teachers are comfortable doubting in front of their students. Perhaps, with reason ;-)
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    So many quotable quotes in this post! Wonderful 'deep' thinking.
Dave Truss

Blogging Rubric | Remote Access - 28 views

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    With a nod to the ever-brilliant-and-willing-to-share Kim Cofino, here is the rubric I've lately begun to use in my classroom for grading student blog posts. This is an experiment in action and depending on how this tool works, it is very likely that it will come under some revision.
Dave Truss

The Power of Educational Technology: Here Comes the Educators: Experiences of early mem... - 8 views

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    Before joining this network, more than two thirds of these early adopters were reading and writing blogs, and using the Delicious social bookmarking tool. Half were using wikis and watching YouTube videos. Today these respondents are highly involved with social media.
Dave Truss

Digital Citizen - thinking about Facebook, Friends and Teachers | Educational Origami - 17 views

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    From my perspective, being friends with students in an informal social medium like face book is fraught with dangers? Its like attending student parties. What do you think? *Note my comment & Chris Kennedy's!
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    A cross post from the original blog: As an avid Facebook user I'd have to give a big thumbs up to the consensus of the group. I, too, accepted friend requests from students and have stopped the practice. Our district developed a policy that strongly discourages teachers "friending" students on social networking platforms. This has made my life easier. When I receive friends requests I can decline and give them school policy as my reason. Students understand and it is never a big deal. It isn't just Facebook as I receive more friend requests through GoodReads. In response I am unrolling school GoodReads account for our learning commons, as well as a Facebook Group. This was we can be there for them in their network without crossing personal lines. Great discussion thread!
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