We are currently looking at the feasibility of issuing eReaders to all our students for all their required school textbooks and novels. I would like feedback from anyone how has already taken this path and maybe able to advise on any pitfalls and a reliable and cheap supplier of the eReader and the associated texts.
Primary school students have their work published in a scientific journal!
From my standpoint as a Christian educator I disagree with the evolutionary presuppositions at the basis of the learnings of the students in this TED video, nevertheless it is an awesome example of what students (in this case Primary students) can achieve when they are encouraged by their teachers and facilitators to inquire into a question that they (the students) develop and want to explore.
It should be noted that their quest to be published took many more months than their inquiry! Because they were child scientists 😦
I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching the video, and will consider some more the value of Inquiry-based Learning, the value of persisting through all aspects of any journey, and the importance of valuing our childrens’ learnings!
Check out these ‘Why Open Education Matters’ competition entries, posted on the Why Open Education Matters website and on YouTube.
Quoted from the website:
‘[From March to June this year] Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Foundations [ran this competition] to solicit creative videos that clearly communicate the use and potential of free, high-quality Open Educational Resources — or “OER” — and describe the benefits and opportunities these materials create for teachers, students, and schools everywhere…The competition received over 60 qualified entries…’
All entries, including the winners are linked here.
These are a couple of my favourites!
Teachers and students at Nunawading Christian College – Primary School have been exploring the concept of Sustainability. The video they produced shows some reflections on their learning.
Helen Reed, P-6 Learning and Teaching Coordinator at NCCP writes about their initiatives.
‘Every Friday afternoon for the past few months, Year Prep/One and Year Two students at Nunawading Christian College, along with parent helpers, have been involved in a number of hands-on sustainability activities. These activities have included planting hundreds of native and indigenous plants, cleaning out the school chook yard, establishing an orchard, creating additional vegetable gardens, making a worm farm, and cooking using fresh produce from their vegetable plots. The students loved these activities and all agreed that Friday afternoons were the best time of the week.
The students from the Year Four/Five class have been focussing on the environment too. They have been active in keeping the local creeks free of litter and have run initiatives such as ‘Nude Food Day’ and have organised an energy saving competition for all the classes in the primary school.
Nunawading Christian College is committed to operating in a sustainable way. This commitment has seen the recent installation of 37 solar panels, water tanks with a storage capacity of 500,000 litres and a significant reduction of waste going into landfill. The school community is proud of their achievements and are happy to provide further details to those who may be interested…’
Teacher Israel Best worked with students to produce the video.
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I wrote this song for a presentation I did as part of Action Research at my school. I was able to present in any style I wanted and so I re-wrote ‘Vincent’ by Don McLean. The COWS mentioned in the song stands for Computers On Wheels which we use at the school…not actual moo cows. Hope you enjoy.
Web 2.0(to the tune of ‘Vincent’ by Don McLean)Using IT rightThat’s what I set out to doReading, thinking, playing tooLearning as I go along.Talked with all my groupWorked out what I wanted to find,Twitter, wordle, wikis, blogsAnd other Web 2.0 tools!Now I understandWhat all these things do for me,I know these will help my pedagogy.The kids will learn and all is good.They did not listen,They did not know how!Perhaps they’ll listen now.Looked round at different blogs,Found one I liked the look of:www dot kidblog dot orgMessed around a bit.Posted different things,Not really knowing what to doMistakes there were quite a fewBut I’m glad I persevered!Now I understandWhat all these things do for me,I know these will help my pedagogy.The kids will learn and all is good.They did not listen,They did not know howI hope they’ll listen now!Some problems that I faced:Kids not knowing what to post,So I let them go I gave them rope,And really let them have a lot of fun!COWS had minds of their own,The internet was really slow,Children could not get it at home,And so I had to work with what I had!Now they understandWhy they do these things for meIt helps with their pedagogyThey are learning and all is good.They started listeningThey are listening still,I hope they always will!Thank you Gruen
At ACEL last week I listened to Mark Treadwell speak about conceptual learning. Today I received in my email inbox, eCSM, from Circle which included a link to Mark’s article that I’ve linked here. It is worth reading carefully and pondering on. What does developing a comprehensive program for embedding Christian values in learning and teaching mean for the development of our students’ character and their relationships with each other and our God.
Mark Treadwell writes:
‘…Schools that embed Christian values into their culture and promotion subsequently attract a clientele that desires such values. This provides the school with a warranty to espouse those values with clarity and purpose. The elements that contribute to the formation of a student’s character and principles should be developed in a planned and strategic manner and done so explicitly and with no apology. This requires a good understanding of how virtues can be developed, encouraged and outworked in a student’s life to a point where they become dispositions that are applied with passion…
Thank you to my colleague, Mark Vodell, Principal of Gilson College, for sending me a link to another video worth viewing and reflecting on. The blurb from the source introduces the participants and the context.
‘In Conversation with Pasi Sahlberg and John Hattie: two of the world’s leading education experts on how Australia can learn from others and improve its educational outcomes.
Pasi Sahlberg is Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation (CIMO) in the Ministry of Education in Finland. He has worked as a teacher, teacher-educator, policy advisor and director, and for the World Bank and European Commission.
Professor John Hattie is director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors which improve student learning.’
While I believe we certainly can learn from the experiences of other countries, I also agree with perspectives taken from a number of presentations at this year’s Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL) Conference held in Brisbane this week: We also have much we can learn from each other in Australia – across sectors, systems and schools. We all have knowledge and understanding of, and experience in the Australian education context and culture,
What is your opinion?