You may be interested in reading the article, “Developing a Culture of Learning by Making Thinking Visible”, on which our Head of Primary at Gilson College – Taylors Hill Campus, Raelene Delvin and I collaborated. It was recently published in the Avondale College research journal ‘Teach Journal of Christian Education’.
Daniel Edwards writes on his ‘…blog [which] chronicles the trials and tribulations of 1:1 iPad deployment in a large secondary school:
‘An app on its own is like a thinker without thoughts!’
‘…It may be the nature of the beast that apps alone form the basis for conversations about new technology in the classroom. However, the success of tablet provision in the classroom is NOT underpinned solely by apps…alll too often I see reference to ‘look how I can present these words across a picture to engage my students!’ or ‘Check out how this random name app selects my students.’ Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure these opportunities have a place as part of the process, but they certainly aren’t a reason to use tablets in the classroom. The power of learning with new technology lies with the teacher and the ability to choose the appropriate tool for the right intention. Moreover, success directly relates to the relationships between learner and educator, and the learner and learning…’
Read Daniel’s full post here: Learning, Learning, Learning not Apps, Apps, Apps
Greg Mitchell introduces his post with what may be an all-to-familiar scenario:
“Now everyone, copy down all of these notes as you will need them for Friday’s mock exam,” instructed the teacher with a sweeping gesture across a whiteboard covered with neat black writing.
It was a simple enough direction for a Year 10 English class. However one student didn’t seem to believe it applied to him.
“Which part of ‘everyone’ don’t you get?” his teacher quizzed, using his second best sneering technique.
“Oh,” the student grunted, coming back into orbit with a bump. He fished deep in his pocket and produced his well-worn mobile phone.
Click! Click! Click!
“I’ve just emailed them home,” he said, peering into the screen. “What do you want me to do now?”
“Give me your phone,” the teacher replied, ramping up to the sneer he reserved for road rage, “It’s confiscated!”
Is this scenario a familiar one?
Read more here:
Alex Quigley, (I identified Alex from his twitter handle, @HuntingEnglish ) writes on his blog of the same name:
I have to say I am mildly addicted to finding these great infographics. They are an excellent way of presenting a vast amount of information in a lively, visually interesting way. I am set on finding the best of them and when I get some time in the summer actually creating my own!
Alex certainly has found some very informative and useful infographics, which you might be able to put to good use in your teaching and learning programs.
FOLLOW THIS LINK:
Infographics | huntingenglish
- 5 Free Tools For Creating Infographics (fliptop.com)
Assessment for Learning: The Cramlington Teaching and Learning Model:
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.