Creating Access: one aspiring school, two stirring stories

This post continues my exciting journey at “my” high school in Athlone, Cape Town.  It is led by a (real-deal) servant-leader.  He creates an atmosphere for (current and future) success.  In fact he reminds me of that wise Chinese saying (from Lao Tze):

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him.

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Daring to dream big

After clearing out the classroom we now have a large (almost) welcoming space at “my” school. The school’s groundsman (who was a learner at the school a few decades ago) tells me the room is part of the old school that was built in 1929.…

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We’ve cleared the “donated” heap of detritus

I helped load a truck from Just PCs today.  Full, to the roof and walls and door of the truck.  Several cubic metres of old (very old) IT “stuff” from “my” school in Athlone.  This included 20+ computers from corporate donors that have subsequently sat – unused – in a classroom for a whole year (amid other apparently ”valuable” stuff like >5 year old laser-printer husks).…

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Education challenges are “complex”, not merely “complicated”

I love my new “job”: social entrepreneur, edupreneur or BLEAKS (blended-learning-engineer-and-knowledge-scaffolder).  I am still deciding which to put on my new “business” card…

I love it because it gives me license to address real-world, enmeshed, un-neat challenges.  The wise folks who understand this species of challenge recommend that one uses probe-sense-respond when engaging with these “wicked problems”.…

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Our OJ (OER Jukebox) – used for Educator Development…

In a previous post I effused about the OER Jukebox…

It dawned on my this afternoon that this should also be awesome for showing teachers great new vistas as well.  Unlike my previous CPD effusion about MOOCs and teachers, this is about LOOKs (local opportunities on know-how!!).…

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My edtech projects for 2013 [Update 1.2] – The repurposed (re)MEDIA(tion) centre

I have spent the last few days sifting through a school room filled with “defunct” hardware.  The ex-consultant-me said to new-NPO-me that “we” had to triage the room’s unruly contents into three camps:

A = “redeemeable” equipment that can switch on and stay on (worthy of some effort at bringing it back online)

B = “redeemable” equipment that is not switching on (but can be fixed with tinkering & cannibalisation)

C = e-junk

To do this segmenting I called in an expert – my 20 year old son, Matthew (UCT, Computer Science undergrad).…

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My edtech projects for 2013 [Update 1.1] – The OER Jukebox

FXI-Cotton-Candy-i2Today I learned that this is how you can turn a standard 42″ LCD panel into a “window to the world”!  See the thumb-sized PC above.  It is as powerful as many desktop PCs and consumes 2.5W (5V from USB at 0.5A!).  That’s much, much less than the globe in my fridge.…

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My (emerging) portfolio of edtech projects for 2013 [Update 1]

Relationship to earlier post on my edtech “journey”

This post will start exploring more detail around one of four facets of my “value proposition” construct.

The "5P" model!

The “5P” model!

Here is a reminder of the one facet I want to dive into now:

[The] People/Professionals/Platform view, [is] the front facet of the tetrahedron.

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Teacher professional development – wondrous new opportunities

Recently I have been thinking a lot about MOOCs (massive open online courses).  In fact I completed my first mooc through Udacity.  A glorious course that is a brilliant Introduction to Physics.  I even got a spiffy certificate (make sure you use your full name – and not your login name – when you claim your certificate, though)!…

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“Value proposition” clarity – seeking more of it [Part 1]

I doodle if I want to clarify my thinking.  I can now even “play” on my iPad while doing it!  Alliteration is also my thing; probably something I have to let go of some time…

Here’s version 0.5 of my STEM not-for-profit’s “business model” (in pictorial form):

The "5P" model!

The “5P” model!

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