The Web’s founder calls for action, so where is education?

The Web’s founder calls for action, so where is education?.

My response:

What idealistic thinking Berners-Lee has when he says: “Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door, we can’t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture.”

This sits up there with world peace, free education for all and a world with no poverty!

Personally, I think and work with a large majority of educationalists that view the open web as open enough – the politics driving it is not a concern for many.  It’s like opening a tap and expecting clean water to flow – not thinking about how it gets to you in the first place.  I think the view of access to the internet in education has been similar to this up until now.  We need to shut the water off to suddenly discover that we need, want and can’t live without it and then ask Qs about how to get it back :-)

Thanks Bryan for your thoughtful and thought provoking posts!

Thoughts anyone! Bryan’s Blog is a great read always…

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Modern Learning Environments


Thoughtful, insightful and sobering post. It is about quality teaching and learning and its about pooling resources (things and people) and giving the best we have. You’ve expressed very well a few key points: a continuous flow of communication at multiple levels, building trusting relationships, encouraging healthy risk taking for all involved. I love your words – “if you want to grow as a practitioner, you will love the MLE” – grow you will! Kia Kaha. Thank you for letting us into your NOT 4 walls!

Originally posted on michaela . pinkerton:

I used to love my four walls. Four walls of a traditional classroom with burgeoning displays of superb student work. And a door. Appointments would be made to watch my ‘best’ lesson for appraisal. People said, “see me any time, the door is always open” and it was most definitely a metaphor.

For those of you who have yet to step inside the large open learning spaces of schools such as my current place of work, you may be wondering what I am talking about. But we don’t have walled classrooms in my current kura. The doors are see through. We never say “my door is always open” because our spaces always are, literally.

What is the benefit?

Both my recent teaching experiences and the research, suggest to me that there is one overwhelmingly positive benefit of an open learning space, where several teachers and classes work concurrently and…

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Ngā kura māuiui o Aotearoa: The sick New Zealand schools


How much more can our schools take? What will the future of our country look like if we don’t invest in our educational system and in those that invest their time, energy and knowledge with our children? It’s not just time to save our schools but it’s time to do more – investing in our future, our students, is the only option!

Originally posted on Save Our Schools NZ:

Installation by Martin Thrupp, Donn Ratana and Viv Aitken
Faculty of Education, University of Waikato, March 2014

Weather permitting, the installation will be available for viewing outside the Festivals of Education venues in Auckland (Viaduct Events Centre) on Sunday 23 March and in Wellington on 29 March (exact Wellington venue to be advised).

Why this installation and why at this time?

This year the Key Government has become unusually upbeat about schools. Festivals of Education are celebrating innovations, collaborations and achievements within the sector. An ‘InspiredbyU’ campaign has been encouraging New Zealanders to write in praise of teachers who have influenced their lives. In January, $359 million of new funding for principals and teacher ‘super roles’ was announced, the so-called ‘Investing in Education Success’ policy.

This enthusiasm comes after five years of being critical of schools and teachers and often applying damaging policies. It also comes in election year, and just in…

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News Flash: Voki now on iPad!

News Flash: Voki now on iPad!.

Absolutely must consider online tool that evokes interest, engagement and critical thinking. One sure way of drawing students attention to their ideas being heard and the audience receiving their messages.

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The first School in the Cloud opens in the UK


And so the “look” of education begins to morph…learning spaces with no boundaries!

Originally posted on TED Blog:

A group of students explores a question at the Killingworth School in the Cloud.

A group of students explores a question at the Killingworth School in the Cloud, as a volunteer member of the “Granny Cloud” gives them guidance from the screen.

By Sarah Schoengold

Sugata Mitra has opened the doors of the world’s first School in the Cloud.

Located inside George Stephenson High School in Killingworth, England, this one-room learning lab is a space where students can embark on their own learning adventures, exploring whatever questions most intrigue them. Students even designed the interior of the space — which has colorful beanbags scattered throughout and (very appropriately) fluffy clouds painted on the walls.

[ted_talkteaser id=1678]On the glass doors of the lab is the acronym “SOLE,” which stands for “Self-Organized Learning Environment.” It’s a concept drawn from Mitra’s TED Prize wish, in which he offered up a new vision of education that pairs the vast resources of the Internet with children’s innate sense of…

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Teaching VS Tools

Sometimes you find a tool that makes you wonder how on earth did you ever teach without it…maybe it was a feather and ink well, a led pencil, a pencil with an eraser, a ‘Bic’ pen (with ink already in it), a computer, mobile device, your finger… And then there is this:



emaze – Online Presentation Tool

So, it is obvious to me that it is still about the teaching but having the right tool can sure enhance the learning. What you do think?

Enjoy and please leave a comment.

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21st Century Literacies

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Flipped Learning – Educational Transformation

Here is a blog to get the pedagogical juices flowing – take your time to engage with Jackie as she has a refreshing and thoughtful way of helping to encourage your own critical thinking about the concept of ‘flipped learning’.

Take the time to engage with this video, reflect on the spoken and written words and consider if you are or want to be an agent of educational change.

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Digital Depth?

As I journey and learn more about myself as a teacher and as a digital citizen, it becomes more apparent that it is not a journey one should take on their own for sure.  The influence that I have on others, in the digital world, is not about the number of (online) places I visit or the quantity of the comments I make but should be measured by the relationships, connections and learning opportunities that I have invested time in.

I’ve discovered a number of ways to do this:

  1. Keep my posts real and relevant – Having an opinion is well and good but I also think that it’s important to make sure that I’m reading and reflecting before I comment.
  2. Don’t be fearful – There are so many options to make connections (see point below re: communities) but it’s more than that!  Making mistakes along the way (in terms of tool choices, design and content of posts, certain connections that one makes in the initial stages of building your online presence) is part of the learning cycle and an essential one at that.
  3. Keep an open mind - I have also discovered that working alongside those who are passionate about others’ learning has impacted on the way I approach my incorporation of technology – as a means and not an end to achieving connectedness. To be open minded creates spaces for learning, in my own mind, and reflects back in my practice and in the way I provide room for others to engage with me. Sharing my expertise is a privilege but I am NOT the expert…we are co-experts as we co-construct our understanding and make deeper connections.
  4. Connecting with a few real people is better than being a digital shadow – in  a previous post I commented on sieving digital noise. Similarly, I make an effort to keep connected with a few people. It isn’t really possible to be real with 1000 on Twitter is it?
  5. Build communities –  One way that I’ve found that attends to points 1 & 2 and 3 (all in one place) is the use of the Diigo library.   It is not often you find a digital tool that provides breadth and depth for learning – Diigo is that tool! I know there are others – many learning management systems (LMS) have done this for some time BUT what makes this different is that it is open, free and accessible to everyone (although you can pay for more bells and whistles – there’s no real need)!
  6. Never stop asking questions – In this way I will be able to keep learning, stay real and relevant, connect with others and learn from others in community.

How do you achieve digital depth? Leave me a comment.

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Blogging, boggling, boggled…

I have tried my hand at this blogging ‘thing’ for sometime and never felt very successful so now that I have established that this is a weakness and I obviously have this need to persist with it, I will document my blogging journey…hopefully not become bogged down by it or feel too boggled!

I found this template – thanks to Kathleen Morris, and will attempt to use some of the ideas that this affords to inform my learning and then my teaching – I hope – always the learner – remember!

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