Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
We often see leaders struggle to know how to get to where they want to be if it means change from the status quo. Trends emerge and new ideas seem to be taken up by different schools but it is easy to miss the boat. It is easy to see where its heading but have not been on the first sailing.
One of the most effective ways I see to lead effectively take aspirational future looking trends like those brought to us by Core Education and look at them through an action orientated lens like the elearning planning framework. The framework can be used in many ways in this case it identifies some different domains for action: Leadership and strategic direction, professional learning, teaching and learning, technologies and infrastructure and beyond the classroom. The resulting ideas can form the basis of effective implementation plans and strategies.
Doing this with others makes it more powerful and well considered.
“It’s helpful to think of learner orientation in two ways: firstly, how does the learner orient themselves toward learning? And secondly, how does the school and community orient themselves towards supporting that learner?”
- Leadership needs to be seen to be learner orientated in staff meetings
- brain research into things such as self regulation - help understanding as to how we can orientate towards learners
- Need to try to connect learning areas to bring authentic learning
- We need to know our students observing how they learn outside of school
- We need to know our students getting their feedback feedforward
- We need to know our students collaborating directly with them
- High levels of futures thinking
- Need to have a variety of this with a pedagogical focus
- Have learners present ie clear inquiry into learning as it takes place classroom opportunities to observe learning and learning design
- Collaborations with other schools
- Able to provide access to this 365/24 online/blended components aligned with school learning kawa/protocol
- Relationship with the students is paramount
- Diversity in acceptable evidence of learning
- Use of authentic learning inquiries with real world impact
- consistent language of learning eg (thinking maps, habits of mind)
- Need to have open networks and technologies
- Visible learning through the use of web spaces and environments.
- Use of online forms and aggregatable data to inform learner orientation
- Web research to assess preferred futures
- Have a whanau orientation - work with the things that have their buy in
- And example of this is to show how they can feed students learning into their own network constructs. Dorothy Burt at Manaiakalani has shown parents how to feed their students blogs into their facebook streams.
- Provide opportunities for parents to experience the same learner orientation their students do with learning happening in the same way.
- Take the school to the community represent the school outside of the school.
David Rogers(link is external) describes networked organisations as:
- Leaders need to let go and empower everyone to take ownership
- Identify multiple networks and cultivate them
- Try to be clear about the two way nature of networks ( the give and get)
- Position and present clearly outside of the organisation
- Utilise social networks and other connected environments
- Make networks accessible to the community
- Associate with educational networks (VLN, GEGnz, edchat etc)
- Participate in regional learning networks and localised clusters
- Acknowledge networked learning opportunities for staff professional learning
- Provide information as transparently as possible to allow for access
- Promote and work with
- Connect learners to others outside of the organisation
- Co-construct some learning with schools beyond our own
- Use social Network tools: Facebook, Twitter, Google plus etc
- Provide systems that allow contributions to come from outside of the organisation
- Ensure that the capability of the network connection is
- Try to find ways to ensure accessibility to the organisation for Whanau and that the learning is not solely relying on physical presence
- Familiarise parent with networked strategies
- Be aware of the connection strategies of others in the community
Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Makerspace website describes them "simply, makerspaces are community centers with tools."
Many Schools are looking to provide such a space for learning and making. As a developing trend/concept this seems to be changing over time.
- Boys see technology as a toy
- Girls see technology as a tool
- This has an implication for the making that takes place
- There is a relationship of making to project based learning
- We may be able to achieve more learning through the making challenge, motivation, and application to real problem solving.
- In terms of engineering and sophisticated electronics we need to chose carefully the age groups we present whole class challenges to.
- Printcraft allows you download minecraft object to 3d print
- Start something small with a big buzz.
- Get the parents on board by having them experience making
- Have a student leadership group to help others
- Kids spear head collecting
Products to use
- Makey makey is under 50 a good mindset start point uses the computer as a keyboard. The website
- sparkfun arduino inventor
Places to learn
- coursera tinkering
- silvias super awesome
- Invent to learn
- Makerspace playbook
- fuse - north western tech illinois
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Sunday, May 18, 2014
This might be a little tongue in cheek but it points to aspiration and doing. The real world activities recommended create some capability that time spent connected to the wifi may not. The simplicity of the goal makes it clear what achievement results in. This is not tough love this is just love.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Not sure when this came from but it is a nice motivator to "give it a go" and "give it a second go". Seth Godin is my favorite motivator and he achieves this through looking at things in a slightly different way. There is a truth to many things that is not what you first see. When we see success we often think it has happened overnight but
"That's why it usually takes years for something to become an overnight success. The culture changes from the edges, and gradually, we come to answer the question about a hat or a software network or a car with, yes, in fact, people like me actually do use something like this." Seth Godin
These messages of persistence are what we nee to keep feeding our students if we want something from them more than what the standards say we should get.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
When we have BYOD programs and the years pass by the younger brothers and sisters of the first participants help the technology live on. They bring them and use them.
But what happens when the screen size, start up times and processing speed start to impact on the learning of the younger ones. This is another type of digital divide. Insisting on new technology on a quick turnaround has sustainability implications. Not insisting may just have learning implications.
Seth has a analogy for this with a rotten fish problem.
Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect: The rotten fish problem. http://www.google.com/newsstand/s/CAIiSENBRVNNSFJoWnpwbmIyOW5iR1V1WTI5dExESXdNRFU2Y21WaFpHVnlMMmwwWlcwdk5qVmhNV1UwWkRka1pHRmpPR1U1TlNnQSp6CAQiENQdjNmPALIE6YAJmOz4Qn4qZAgAIhDUHYzZjwCyBOmACZjs-EJ-Kk4ICiJIQ0FFU01HaDBkSEE2THk5elpYUm9aMjlrYVc0dWRIbHdaWEJoWkM1amIyMHZjMlYwYUhOZllteHZaeTloZEc5dExuaHRiQ2dBUAFQAQ
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Some good advice here about being strategic. Project management is always challenging. One idea referenced here is moving away from a plan of it never going to cut the mustard. HBR.org Daily: Three Imperatives for Good Project Managers. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwpYO-lRo
Saturday, March 15, 2014
- using video to capture learning
- using WeVideo to for videomaking and stopmotion animation
- using iPad to entice reluctant learners
- using whiteboards to engage entice and excite learners
- using a Google site to track my own learning
- INTEGRATED PROJECTS
- INTEREST-BASED AND RELEVANT
- MAKE IT HANDS-ON
- KNOWING TEACHERS CARE
- LEARNING FROM FAILURE
- EVALUATING WORK
Students in Year 6 are learning about well being and designing a lunch menu for boarders at our school.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Our Challenge is to create an ORIGINAL
healthy food LUNCH recipe that could be easily made in mass
production in the Southwell School kitchen for the boarders.
You will be assessed on your knowledge of healthy foods, your
planning and cooking skills and your understanding of how your
recipe will affect the students who are eating it.
What Do we need to do next?
Decide on a meal type.
How will it be cooked?
What makes it healthy?
What makes it tasty?
Name three ingredients.