Thursday, 9 August 2012

Reciprocity - Learning with and from others

I love that we are teaching in a time where the tools are there to share, to learn from others experiences, their success and their mistakes. This learning disposition is of great value to our students as well, I use this learning muscle all day every day, and it is so rewarding to see the growth of this among out teachers and students. Click on the image to check out 2 great links, the eLearning wiki and the iPad Snapshot.
Thanks Nikki for this find.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Awesome App-Check it out

New blog post- Little Story Maker App: Listening, Reading, Customizing, Personalizing- @grasshopperapps -- Silvia Tolisano (@langwitches)
I played with this but you can't share and I can't find a way to delete an unwanted story, also freezes. Got potential but needs refining, then it would be worth buying.


R U Ready 4Twitter? | Langwitches Blog

I need help to make twitter work, I find Blogger more 4 me but I think it is harder to build a sharing network, Twitter is more immediate, in the moment, and easier to connect with like minded sharers.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Learning Theory Resistors-Change Resistors?

i pads in classrooms

A group of teachers met as part of the NEAL network to set up a group with the opportunity to listen, contribute to and map out the purpose and goals of using the i-pad as a tool in classrooms.
Essentially it was about discussing structured, on-the-ground action around the use of these devices. 

The variance in the implementation of i-pads across schools is quite astounding, from schools that have made them a compulsory stationary item, to those school like ours who are just dipping their toe in the ocean of possibilities.

The universal message is that there is no question there is student engagement, students want to use this technology. The question is how does it best support our teaching and learning. Is it that the i-pads fit in with our pedagogical model or is it that the pedagogical model is shifting due to new technologies such as the i-pad?

A universal message needs to be that teachers cannot keep it, it needs to be given to students - they will drive the use. Apps are so simple and quick to use....there is not a great number of instructions. My 4 and 6 year old can navigate around an i-pad at home......there are simple routes to access an app, not a whole series of clicks, scrolling up and down with the mouse etc. etc.

The NEAL network group run through Andrew Cowie is a great opportunity for teachers and leaders to get together and share best practice with using i-pads with students and enhancing teaching and learning.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

the committed sardine blog

From the 21st Century Fluency Project this blog always has some thought-provoking entries. Try this one about the 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools: