It’s time for some Friday morning reading. Check out these great posts from Ontario Edubloggers.
I was intrigued to find out just what Jim Cash was going to blog about after reading the title. I expected to find a review of some program that includes Mathland in its title. There are so many that have used this.
The inspiration for Mathland comes from Mindstorms and so it’s a natural that so many software developers might have wanted to make the connection.
This wasn’t the tact that Jim used though. He reminds us that Mathematics can be seen everywhere if you take the time to look. In fact, anytime you see reflection, patterns, provable answers, etc. you’re looking at something that has its base in Mathematics. That’s part of the joy and wonder of it.
In the post, Jim makes connections to Music, Toys, Poetry, Prose, Rap, and Nature. He’s encouraging readers to check in with their view of where Mathematics can be lived and enjoyed. Stephen Hurley and I had a crack at a few during our voicEd radio show. How about you?
I’m sure that Jim would love to hear from you.
There’s so much to take away from this post from Terry Greene. You’ll need to read it a few times to catch it all.
It all started with an opportunity – Terry had 25 minutes at a staff meeting to explain Twitter.
If you’re a good user of Twitter, you know that that’s hardly enough.
Terry elected to create a presentation to get the job done based on the “Create an Adventure” model.
It’s well worth going through. He has five sections.
Those of us that were never principals have no idea about what goes into running a school.
But running a school is more than running things during this school year.
As Sue Bruyns points out, it involves planning for the future. On her radar presently are two big events –
- Interviewing potential new staff members – I talked to her at EdCampLondon and her school population is exploding
- Kindergarten open house – parents are dropping off their most precious thing and need to be assured that this is going to go well
The tact that Sue takes is that these aren’t simply “to-do”s for her but “to-experience”s. It’s an interesting spin and her writing puts you right in the middle of her thinking.
My first reaction to this title from Aviva Dunsiger was “Bottle it”!
In education, such beasts are few and far between – if you get to experience them at all!
In Aviva’s case, she picks up her camera and takes movies of the activities that are happening.
It’s great to see students who are motivated and self-directed. Of course, in teacher talk, this happened…
We spent a lot of time standing back and watching play. We commented to each other on what we saw, and recorded the students and the use of the space.
Let’s be truthful though. It’s April/May and the whole scenario didn’t happen overnight. It’s the result of 80% of the school year kicking in, students understanding what they do, resources being made freely available and kid-accessible and a desire to do what they’re doing.
I would suggest this is more about great teaching than dumb luck.
I internally remarked that ECOO (Educational Computing Organization of Ontario) is in its 40th year as well. Is this a coincidence?
Diana Maliszewski is on the board of AML this year and so got a chance to celebrate with colleagues. 40 years is such a remarkable milestone. My congratulations.
So, why is this important? Haven’t we “done” media literacy?
Think back 40 years – if you can. Think of how the world has changed.
One of the big events in 1979 was the partial nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.
We didn’t have 24 hour news channels then. I can’t even remember how I heard about it. Probably it was the 6pm news or in a newspaper the next day. How would that be reported today?
- there would be all kinds of helicopters flying over the unit giving us up close, high-definition pictures
- we’d have varying news sources giving
- a scientific explanation
- on the site interviews with a resident at a vegetable farm next door
- thoughts and prayers from politicians
- reports that some foreign entity had bombed the place
- replays of coverage showing the actual moment of the problem from any of the hundreds of citizen journalists with web enabled cameras
- a comparison of the damage with other similar events from the past
- claims that the reports are all faked
- and lots of other things
How do we understand and interpret this? History is unfolding in front of our eyes daily. Absolutely, we need to be understanding media literacy. We need the efforts of this group more than ever.
One of the pleasant wins from Terry Greene’s post was the lead to this new Ontario blogger.
Sarah Wendorf is part of the #ExtendOntario group and takes a moment and a blog post to see where she fits into the project. Apparently, she’s the red dot.
This post is a collection of her learning and thinking about being connected. Given the source, my first thought was “Terry packs a lot into a 25 minute presentation…”
Sorry, Terry, but that would just be wrong. But that shouldn’t hold you back from understanding her post.
She really gets it. In the post, Sarah uses the following headings
- Meet new folks
- Connecting with existing folks
- Get new ideas
- Read other people’s blogs
- Find inspiration
- Follow and join hashtags
- Bounce ideas and suggestions
- Invite new ideas in
- Share resources
- Find new resources
- Learn new things
- Join communities
- Save things I come across
- Give recognition
- Events and webinars
- Sharing photos
- This GIF
and gives concrete examples of how this applies to her directly.
What stands out to me is that, even if you’re just a little red dot (and aren’t we all), the fact that that little red dot connects to a whole lot more dots can lead to the most powerful learning you can have – if you let it.
I like taking a drive by David Petro’s blog for my moment of Mathematics enjoyment. He does another great job this week.
My takeaways …
- Back pocket questions
- How I wish I’d taught maths
- What do you think is the biggest barrier to excelling in math?
- Math before breakfast
And I just had to steal this.
Why not spend a few moments and drive by these blogs posts and drop off a comment. There’s great inspiration to be had.
Then, follow these great bloggers on Twitter.
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