In these days of fast communication and information technology it’s worth considering the roll of pen to paper. Recent interviews with students underpin the need to take notes, not on an ipad or laptop but written notes – videos to follow…
This is also the case of understanding information and making notes creatively. Working with Tom Burns who recently ran a workshop to year 11 pupils from the London Academy (Edgware) School, Tom has highlighted the Six steps to success (SOCCER – also see: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/epacks/soccer/). The pupils have redirected their understand by producing their own interpretations in the form of creative drawings – the results of which can be seen below. This is a great way of retaining information of course but further to that it just looks cool!
Well done Tom and well done the pupils from the London Academy (Edgware) School.
For more creative videos - please check out: http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/epacks/sophie/
Have you started to plan and design a MOOC?
Well, are you sure its not a SPOC? Check out the link to the BBC article:
Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs'
By Sean Coughlan
BBC News education correspondent
Online courses have attracted millions. Now they are experimenting with limiting numbers
Just occasionally when scouring through the mounds of blogs, wikis, journals, online resources and techy mags I come across an article I'd wish I'd written... and when you've read it, it seems to be such an obvious thing to say. This is because you are in total agreement to it. But of course then you think would others concur? So here we go, this was such an article by Matt Britland from the Teacher Network in the Guardian online.
In summary these are the two points I totally agree with, however click on the image below to view the full article.
What is the future of technology in education? Forget devices, the future of education technology is all about the cloud.
"The future is about access, anywhere learning and collaboration, both locally and globally. Teaching and learning is going to be social."
Being a huge Sir Ken Robinson ‘Fan’ I continue to review many of his talks and of course videos.
This is an interesting one, and to me highlights the point that ‘New’ technologies are not new to new students. It’s what they use because its there.
My only concern has been and continues to be the interaction between the Technology the Pedagogy and the Delivery. You can have all the best technology in the world – but if any of the other two fall short then the impact to the student can be disastrous.
Of course if any of these areas fall short there will be a deficit in the learning. Furthermore if the Pedagogy and Delivery fell short prior to the introduction of the Technology the Technology will only aid the speeding up of the ‘mess’.
“Technology is changing the world rapidly, impacting the way students learn and opening new possibilities for educators. Take a look what Sir Ken Robinson had to say when asked about the role of technology in education.”
TEDxWarwick - Doug Belshaw - The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies
I have to agree about the learning of Digital Literacies, it cannot be a linear approach... how can it be? This video highlights the issues of understanding the concept and certainly for me provokes the thought of how do we transmit this to the classroom...
David Sengeh's, (Graduate Student- MIT Media Lab) blog is an insight to an inspirational story about invention and 'asking questions'. How do we teach our students to Think Critically.
For the complete story follow David's blog:
Beyond the Product: What We Should Be Teaching Young People
So we teach our students. So we teach our students how to learn. So we teach our students how to teach themselves. And now we teach them how to use technology in order to help them teach themselves. My granddaughter uses Facebook all the time. She uses all the add-ons she needs to get the best out of using Facebook. She Texts, FaceTimes and Skype’s. She uses Flicker, iTunes and YouTube to help promote her digital profile (but she doesn’t know that’s what she is doing) to others.
When I ask what she uses to help her studies, she say’s Wikipedia. She is unfamiliar with ‘Social Bookmarking’, ‘Reference Support sites’ and ‘e-portfolio’s’ and has no interest in using them.
The goal then really is to make the learning the ‘Goal’. To get students to immerse themselves into their learning so that they find their own way and delve into the world of technology and take form it what they need. They do it with Facebook.
Chris O'Reilly is an Educational Technologist and freelance advisor for online educational learning material and development.