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Tom March

t r u t h o u t | Lessons From Most Successful Schools Abroad - 0 views

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    Education trends from other nations are gaining cachet as political and Educational leaders strive to bring American schools in line with the demands of the 21st-century global economy.
Tom March

Teacher-Replacing Tech: Friend or Foe? | Fast Company - 0 views

  • cybernetic takeover might mean a redefinition of "teacher" as a research assistant or intellectual coach,
  • Just as the Internet replaced telephone operators and the nightly news anchor as the default source of information, teachers may be next on the chopping block. Automated learning is a cheap solution to recession-swelling class sizes and renewed calls to make technological innovation a centerpiece of education.
  • “Students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.”
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  • Unlike one-size-fits-all lectures, the report finds that computers can custom tailor the pace of learning to each individual student.
  • Department of Education found that online learners spend more time learning and on task.
  • The lure of video games and other mindless online activity quickly eclipse the fleeting intrigue of scientific exploration.
  • Professors Barbour and Reeves find that they still favor students with “independent orientations towards learning, [who are] highly motivated by intrinsic sources, and [who] have strong time management, literacy, and technology skills.”
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    "Just as the Internet replaced telephone operators and the nightly news anchor as the default source of information, teachers may be next on the chopping block. Automated learning is a cheap solution to recession-swellingbclass sizes and renewed calls to make technological innovation a centerpiece of education."
Tom March

Foundational Skills - 0 views

shared by Tom March on 22 Apr 09 - Cached
  • Create distribution lists for class groups
    • Christen Jacobs
       
      Share distribution lists to minimise use of "School Staff" list
  • “Bcc” (Blind carbon copy)
    • Jason Coleman
       
      Do people still use this function?
    • hal jordan
       
      Only when mistakenly sending emails about they didn't actually want people to see...
    • Merrick Brewer
       
      What is this anyway? I thought it meant you published your emails to BBC TV
    • hal jordan
       
      It's a means of sending an email to various other people at once. For example, you might send an email addressed to a parent concerning a manner but you'd CC the same email to your year level co-ordinator so they know exactly what you're communicating to said parent.
  • c     Set up your own collection of RSS feeds
    • Paul Smith
       
      Once RSS is demonstrated to staff through sites such as Pageflakes staff may see how the benefit of the web working for the user rather than trawling through google.
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  •     Contribute resources you find to local and online colleagues
    • Paul Smith
       
      Using resources such as Delicious to pool resources and share ideas with other teachers saves so much time!
    • Christen Jacobs
       
      Being too prescriptive about what tools to use will date this document - better to leave it to individuals to work out what's best for them
    • celia sutterby
       
      How do you create a floating sticky note?
  •   Maintain a list of core course documents throughout the year
    • Merrick Brewer
       
      Maybe this could be expanded a bit. list some of the "core course documents could be teased out.
  • core course documents
    • celia sutterby
       
      Microsoft OneNote is a really useful resource for keeping track of these materials and remembering what you did in previous/similar lessons.
  • (Powerpoint)
    • hal jordan
       
      Why just Powerpoint? Why not a HTML based presentation? Or one done in Flash? All are possible.
    • Tom March
       
      Yes, what about great online presentation tools? How much (if at all?) do we still have to play by the "Everyone needs to know MS suite so schools need to do this as 'Job Prep?'" Do you feel this as a need in your schools?
  • ito
  • Juxtapose other stimulus prompts ito challenge thinking
    • Merrick Brewer
       
      Is that 'into', Itunes, to, it, it is a challenge really.
    • Tom March
       
      Oops, typo. Thanks ;-)
  • ito
  • Add a document for students to download
  • ito challenge
  • Edit a word processed document by: using find and replace, checking word counts, inserting page breaks, accessing the spellcheck and thesaurus functions
    • Jason Coleman
       
      Is this more of a "basic" skill that we assume that all educators already know? If this section is regarding posting documents, we are talking about a different set of skills.
    • Christen Jacobs
       
      Assume nothing
    • Mahendra Kapoor
       
      I assume this is a somewhat mandatory skill that users of Word Processing applications should have. How unprofessional to read a doc that has spelling errors etc!!
  • Analyse class maps as tools for discussion
    • Tom March
       
      Many of the ICT standards view Tech as a tool for thinking.
    • Paul Smith
       
      Enabling students to access work and files from locations other than school will be more and more vital in the future.
  • Join a professional learning community and follow posts for several weeks
    • hal jordan
       
      Would this, however, be counted as hours in regard to the VITs PD requirements? If so, how would it be monitored/recorded?
  • Partner with a colleague to offer a new technology to extend or enrich learning for a group of your students
    • Christen Jacobs
       
      Blog the use of this technology and share with other classes via a social network such as Classroom 2.0
    • Tom March
       
      Good point. Collaboration doesn't need to be in-person & synchronous - or does it?
  • Use tables and styles to enhance the formatting of a document
    • Jason Coleman
       
      Does this enhance an educators "ability" to create and post?
    • Paul Smith
       
      Our school does this through online content management called "Study Wiz"
    • Tom March
       
      Yes, any means - Moodle, Wordpress, Sharepoint, etc. - the idea is that we have a professional responsibility to make core documents available. Do you agree?
  • Consider taking an active role in an online community.
    • hal jordan
       
      For what goal? Personal business just to keep technical skills up or must it be related to profession related topics? More clarification needed.
    • Tom March
       
      Good point, Hal. What do you think? By "Level 4" I would expect this to be a professional community. Is this fair?
  •   Embed a video
    • Paul Smith
       
      Visual Media engages students!
  •    Create opportunities for students to post sincere comments
    • Paul Smith
       
      Finding online resources (Wikis, Blogs) that dont require email addresses and passwords can be an issue with younger students.
    • hal jordan
       
      That's why setting up an in-house system where you can create a large number of individual student accounts at the start of the year (such as VBulletin) comes in very handy.
    • celia sutterby
       
      On the flipside, we use a vocabulary training website in LOTE which students can't access if they declare their DOB to make them younger than 13!
  • Upload presentations, videos or animations for student use
    • Larry Mckeown
       
      Any ideas about the best way to do this? Should it be a WEB 2.0 application, such as Dropbox? Or is bandwith use a concern, so a LAN setup should be used?
    • hal jordan
       
      Just to save on costs, you'd probably have to do it over a LAN. It would also create a more reliable system, since an intranet/local network is less likely to fail than the connection to outside resources.
  • (QuickTime Pro)
    • Jason Coleman
       
      Obviously not the only resource for this. Open source solutions to cut costs?
    • hal jordan
       
      Definitely, open source is a very good way to go.
  • Create opportunities for students to synthesise their learning through projects that call for a creative, problem-solving or innovative response. 
  • Join a professional learning community and follow posts for several weeks
  • c     Join a professional learning community and follow posts for several weeks c     Join an online chat, webinar or presentation as an observer c     Choose one aspect of the learning framework to research
    • jennyann north
       
      Twitter is excellent for following like minded people and sharing thoughts, opinions and ideas about education and web 2.0 technologies.
  • Choose at least one work that you are willing to publish to the Web and do so.  This may be in any format: visual, written, video, audio, presentation, etc. The forum may be a wiki, professional journal, educators’ social network, iTunes, etc.
    • Larry Mckeown
       
      How do you ensure appropriate content, privacy of other students, etc, in an environment where students can publish content for the world to see? Can you effectively?
    • hal jordan
       
      There are certain systems (such as VBulletin) where you can very closely control viewing/reading/writing permissions very easily.
  • Attach files appropriately to email messages
    • Christen Jacobs
       
      Organise inbox into folders and use calendars
  • variety of bookmarking
  • Foundational Skills
    • Christen Jacobs
       
      This is GREAT. Now we just need an online database so we can take a good long hard look at our own skills and those of other staff. I don't think this should be threatening to anyone, but guide them through some essential skills.
  •      Explore a new Web application and use it yourself for a lesson
    • jennyann north
       
      Introducing Dipity to year 6 next week to create a timeline for Anzac. Will let you know how it goes.
  • c     Review a new personal device & suggest how it could aid student learning
    • celia sutterby
       
      I'm still undecided about delicious versus diigo -any suggestions?
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    A checklist of ICT skills for teachers
Van Weringh

me.edu.au (myedna) » I know it works, but is the theory valid? - 2 views

  • Common  sense tells us that learning is enhanced by social activity, which is the basic idea underlying the use of Web 2.0 tools. But is there educational theory to support it? Of the three dominant theories, one strongly emphasises the importance of social interaction. The theory of Social Constructivism is well established. Vygotsky is considered the father of the concept. As the Wikipedia says in its excellent entry, “Where Piaget argued that people should create their own version of the truth, Vygotsky added the importance of discussing this version of truth with others, in order to, through the process of mediation, get to a higher order of truth that has also been socially tested (Derry 1999)”
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    "I know it works, but is the theory valid? Common sense tells us that learning is enhanced by social activity, which is the basic idea underlying the use of Web 2.0 tools. But is there educational theory to support it? Of the three dominant theories, one strongly emphasises the importance of social interaction. The theory of Social Constructivism is well established. Vygotsky is considered the father of the concept. As the Wikipedia says in its excellent entry, "Where Piaget argued that people should create their own version of the truth, Vygotsky added the importance of discussing this version of truth with others, in order to, through the process of mediation, get to a higher order of truth that has also been socially tested (Derry 1999)""
Tom March

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - National - The Atlantic - 1 views

  • The answers Finland provides seem to run counter to just about everything America's school reformers are trying to do.
  • "There's no word for accountability in Finnish,"
  • "Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted."
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  • Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.
  • The problem facing education in America isn't the ethnic diversity of the population but the economic inequality of society, and this is precisely the problem that Finnish education reform addressed. More equity at home might just be what America needs to be more competitive abroad.
Tom March

ePotential ICT skills and capabilities survey - 14 views

I know there is interest in this at AISV so I'm guessing it's just a matter of time.

ICT skills survey technology

Irene Anderson

21st Century Learning - 9 views

Technology empowers differentiated instruction Although many educators realize technology's enormous potential to help them differentiate their instruction so that all students can learn, regardle...

digital classrooms

started by Irene Anderson on 03 Jun 09 no follow-up yet
David Renshaw

2010 Horizon Report: The K12 Edition - 4 views

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    Latest report on emerging technologies in K-12 education over the next 1 to 5 years
Cate E

The Redback Project - 4 views

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    "This is a self paced project to assist educators to explore and begin to embed some digital literacies into their teaching toolkits. " Heard of the 23 Things? This is a shortened version to learn Web 2.0 tools
Tom March

School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Making Thinking Visible - 2 views

  • imagine learning to dance when the dancers around you are all invisible. Imagine learning a sport when the players who already know the game can't be seen. Bizarre as this may sound, something close to it happens all the time in one very important area of learning: learning to think.
    • Tom March
       
      Agree or not & say why?
Tim Kitchen

YouTube - A Vision of K-12 Students Today - 0 views

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    This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it...
Angela Harridge

Adrian Bruce's Educational Teaching Resources - 0 views

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    Adrian did a full day PD with our Primary staff at the start of 09. The focus was on integrating ICTs into the curriculum. It had a significant impact on the teachers, and they are still talking about how much fun they had.
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    Links to a HUGE range of teaching resources: -Reading Games-Math Games-Educational Software-Motivational Posters-Line Symmetry-Readers Theater-Art Lessons-Science Lessons- ....
Tom March

Set up a class Delicious account - 0 views

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    If you're thinking of using a collective Delicious account - otherwise, use Diigo Education
Tom March

One New Orleans charter school changes the culture, sees the results - 2 views

  • "They make it clear that for every action there's a reaction, not only in school, but in life," said Briana Henry, a ninth-grader at Wright.
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