Connection without reflection and action = popularity contest #cenz14

With connected educator month coming to an end, I feel the need for a rant. If we're here talking about the value of connections again this time next year, then our detractors are right. Connecting with others online is just a popularity contest. Being a connected educator is not about how many webinars you attend, the numbers... Continue Reading →

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“How can we do research if we don’t have a computer?”

Every so often a child says something that reminds again that their lived reality is so different from my own. I had set up the children in my class with a small provocation to ponder during the week, that transportation needs engines to move. The kids and I tottered off to the library with the burning... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: The power of provocation #ishcmc

This holiday I was annoyed that the PYP workshop I had to attend was at the same time as learning2 conference where one of my favourite thinkers on learning, @sherrattsam was speaking. However this setback turned into a huge learning opportunity by visiting the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) where Sam teaches for a week. My... Continue Reading →

How do you learn if you aren’t a connected educator?

I started teaching in 2003. In a fit of youthful exuberance I decided to embark on an adventure to teach English as a Foreign Language.  I knew nothing about Korea outside of watching MASH re-runs and my teaching experience at the point consisted of some in school observations as part of my education degree. Yet... Continue Reading →

Feeling the fear and doing it anyway – my foray into the world of maker education

I’ve never been the type that has been good at building things with my hands. Being barely able to write my name legibly, constructing things and making objects of art was something that other teachers did. Outside of the milk bottle igloo, I really hadn’t done much work on physically creating things.  Most of my... Continue Reading →

What is the Big Idea (Friday)?

Over the last few years I evolved a tradition in my class called Big Idea Friday. It started out from my own learning where I try to write a weekly blog post about something that I've been thinking about in my teaching practice. I found the process for processing the end of a busy week... Continue Reading →

Video newsletters = easy and awesome! Thanks @shareski

Writing newsletters is one of least favourite chores. I'm not sure how many parents actually read the newsletter, moreover the production of newsletters takes time away from the things that matter. Could this old-style communication become more effective? Enter Dean Shareski. One of his suggestions from the recent Singapore Google Apps for Education summit was the idea of... Continue Reading →

Google Challenges – Information literacy old and new @GoogleForEdu

Fast paced and frustrating. A Google a Day challenge is a class favourite. I've conducted the challenges with big Year 7/8 kids down to Year 4. Google has a large selection of challenges available for teachers to use. The challenges include a few sentences that have some clues that the kids can use to search to help... Continue Reading →

#gafesummit – Moving from talk to action redux

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly 2 years since I last attended a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) summit. Life has changed a lot since then. When I left the last GAFE I came away with a lot of plans and a zeal to share my plans with anyone who would listen and many... Continue Reading →

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