A simplistic approach to change in education is often based on the statement – “If we could only get teachers to …” In the ICT domain, the sentence is quite often finished with “use technology” or “write electronically” or, well, you name it.
When something is tried and fails, it’s quite natural to try to analyze why. I’ve seen it happen and very often it boils down to “the teacher did this wrong” or “it was just tinkering and not embraced wholeheartedly”.
The frightful thing is that the finger seems always to be pointing back at the teacher.
You need to read this very interesting article “WikiFAIL: Students and the Orthodoxy of Practice in the Classroom“. When I saw the word “Orthodoxy” in the title, my initial reaction was that this was going to be another article pointing out teacher flaws. Instead, the article took an interesting turn.
There were probably a number of structural changes in the assignment that might have made it work better, but what I did learn from this exercise and from this particular cohort was that students often have very concrete expectations about what types of work they should be doing and how much can be asked of them. Teachers in search of new pedagogical practices and armed with the desire to implement new technologies often lose sight of this condition.
I think that all teachers, change agents, professional developers, and principals could benefit from a thoughtful read of the article. It sheds light on another piece of the puzzle that is often ignored. By the time students arrive in your classroom, they know the game of education. They know (or have a rough sense of) what expectations for success have been in the past and extrapolate to the future. Why should they expect that anything would be different?
If your use of technology is going to be as simple as “instead of writing our essay by hand, we’re going to do it on computer”, then has anything really changed in what the expectations are? I think that the statement – “it’s not about the technology” falls short in the big scheme of things. If technology is truly going to make a substantial difference, then its use and the expectations for success from the student need to be clearly defined and applied consistently. To do otherwise is just tinkering.
10 Tips to Create and Present Pecha Kucha
A few days ago, our PowerPoint and Presenting Stuff LinkedIn group had a great discussion on Pecha Kucha. It started with one of our members asking for some guidance on how to go about preparing for a Pecha Kucha presentation. To those of you who do not know what Pecha Kucha is, it is a presentation format that originated in Japan in the year 2003. In Japanese, Pecha Kucha translates to chit-chat or chatter.
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This is why teachers leave teaching. | dougbelshaw.com/blog
Note the end of that sentence: a young, talented teacher with so much to offer the world feels like he has no ‘viable exit strategy’. There are thousands of teachers up and down the country feeling the same thing
Apple Map App to Replace Google Mapping in iOS – John Paczkowski – Mobile – AllThingsD
Between 2009 and 2011, Apple acquired three mapping companies in quick succession: Placebase, in 2009; 3-D mapping outfit Poly9 in 2010; and in 2011, C3 Technologies, a second 3-D mapping company. Three mapping-company acquisitions in as many years. But for good reason: Apple has been hard at work developing its own in-house mapping solution for iOS, and now it’s finally ready to debut it.
Six great special-education resources for parents and teachers | eSchool News
These six websites provide a wealth of information, including vetted technology tools that can help special-needs students
PD Generates Effective Classroom Implementation of IWB Technology – PrometheanPlanet
PD Generates Effective Classroom Implementation of IWB Technology
The Next Generation of Teachers Infusing Technology – EdTech Researcher – Education Week
It is an incredible treat to sit and learn from MIT undergraduates. In the last few weeks, I’ve listened to lectures explaining special relativity (did you know GPS satellites fall behind Earth time by 40ms a day?!?), learned recursion in CS programs by sorting class members into physical lines by height, and used a forensic investigation of a car crash as a vehicle (ha!) to study acceleration. They are doing a fabulous job, and it’s been a delight to see the world through their eyes: filled with passion for exploring the world around them.
International Society for Technology in Education – Blog > Three Priorities for Ed Tech 2012
ISTE recently released its annual policy priorities for educational technology. The focus of this year’s position is quality over quantity, naming three simple, powerful, and obtainable goals for 2012. The goals described below offer ways for all of us to get involved—not only policy makers, but also administrators, classroom teachers, and parents.
Technology for Teaching Science
Why Integrate Technology in Science?
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You | Edudemic
One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) and ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible.
Microsoft gives Bing a social makeover – surely the rest will follow – New Media – New Media | siliconrepublic.com – Ireland’s Technology News Service
Microsoft has made some significant changes to its Bing search engine that sees it finally add a social dimension through a long overdue (and deeper) integration with Facebook. This could be the start of a process that will see perhaps Hotmail and Messenger integrate more closely with Facebook.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.1 released and installation instructions included | Ubuntu Geek
Ubuntu Tweak is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone.It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide.With its help, you will enjoy with the experience of Ubuntu!
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