Why our schools are NOT failing your children

This morning I read this article by recent graduate Johanna O’Farrell in The Age.  Of course any article which opens with “Why your schools are failing your children: a teacher tells” piqued my interest.  I have always advocated for teachers telling their stories in our media rather than politicians but this one had my heart rate rising as she spoke of schools tossing aside “any sort of rigour, routine or repetition when it comes to classroom learning.”

I am truly concerned of Johanna’s experiences in schools where she believes that the strategy is that students “will simply learn to read and write by osmosis” and that rote learning should be a valid part of learning.…

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RSCON 4 – Shifting Learning

David Truss presented on shifting learning.

Here are his slides:

Shifting learning – #RSCON4 Presentation from David Truss

Links to his view on learning.
Inquiry
An authentic audience matters
Badges and Games
Learning(s)
1. Failing forward
Failure
Always
Invites
Learning
2.…

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Hacked Learning

Image: ‘hack my creativity 1

hack my creativity 1

Found on flickrcc.net

I have been hearing a lot about hacked design recently.  You may be confused with hacking we associate with computer systems but this requires taking an already design object and changing it to fit another purpose. Or as the Hacked Design Blog explains it, “Hacking is user initiated product intervention.…

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Honk if you love life!

Our Inquiry and RE units this term have focussed on the concepts of community and our place within the community. It has been a rich and diverse unit and we are now at the stage of expressing our learnings about what community is and how it can be built.

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Is Genius Hour a way to get into Rhizomatic Learning?

Of all the many different ideas, skills and tech that the Etmooc course has introduced me to, rhizomatic learning is the one that I have been thinking about- often. I had no idea rhizomatic learning even existed until we started discussing it as part of Etmooc.…

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Verena Roberts Open Education Panel for Etmooc

Verena Roberts hosted an Open Education panel on Thursday that I watched live-stream with some of my co-workers. We missed the very beginning and end of the session, but it was still a great way to introduce them to the concept of open education and consider Google+ Hangouts could be used for webinars.…

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Hosting a Webinar and Stem PBL

On Wednesday February 27th I took part in a webinar from the Buck Institute about STEM PBL. The Buck Institute provides great training and resources for learning about and implementing project-based learning (PBL) in your classroom. I have taken part in two hands-on PBL training sessions about Project Based Learning with the Buck Institute (PBL 101 and PBL 201) in Red Deer and participated in a few of their webinars.…

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The Power of Collegial Discussion

As part of the planning team for the RE Eastern Network, we spent quite some time last week talking about the place of dialogue in Religious Education. Our first discussion was about what constituted dialogue. We talked about what dialogue IS and what it IS NOT.

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Giving GIFs a Try

One of the suggested #etmooc tasks for this week’s topic of digital storytelling is to make an animated GIF. I’ve never tried created a GIF but I’ve been very interested in testing it out, especially after watching the the ”How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the GIF” session with Jim Groom.…

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My Five Card Flickr Story: Summer Brownies

My five card flickr story: Summer Brownies

Photo credit: Henriksent

I’m excited to dive into the topic of Digital Storytelling with #etmooc for the next two weeks. I started yesterday with a #sixwordstory so today I thought I would try a 5 Card Flickr Story! Here’s my first attempt!…

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