Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What to do with the ineffectual?

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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Staying ahead

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. Daily: Three Imperatives for Good Project Managers.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What are teachers excited about?

When a group of educators get together in 2014 what are they finding as exciting.

Teachers at our learning community's open meeting had this to say.

  • 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
When I look at the list there is a focus on the motivational things that will hook students into learning and doing.
A way to think about learning in the now and for the future is to make learning motivational
the following are key ideas in Katrina Shwartz's mindshift article about this.
Teacher's caring and daring is the starting point for what can become a cycle of upward achievement. 

Students in Year 6 are learning about well being and designing a lunch menu for boarders at our school. 

I can see that they are motivated by their autonomy in developing recipes etc. This is a hard process to get right especially when you adapt and change the things you are cooking to make them original. This is where the "knowing teachers care" really matters. Kids learning independently can't be just a convenience. This youtube shows the students talking to a chef and a you can see the learning and thinking written on their faces.