Saturday, June 30, 2012

Five Things I've Learned - by me

1. Relationships give meaning to life.
Quality relationships are based on fairness, tolerance, generosity and forgiveness. A “learning community” values and nurtures quality relationships. The best learning happens when both the heart and mind are engaged. The heart is more often engaged when there are quality relationships between learner and teacher. By building quality relationships with our students, their families and the community we will engage their hearts and minds.

2. We all need to be critical thinkers.
Students (and teachers) need to ask the right questions and know chalk from cheese. Asking good questions is more important than knowing the right answers.

3. We learn best from authentic contexts, learning about real, relevant and meaningful things.
Also there is often a large element of chance in learning. We may not always be in charge of when and how learning takes place but we can identify and promote the conditions where it happens.

4. Recognising good stories and telling them is what makes us human.
There are stories everywhere. We need to encourage students to value their own stories and encourage others to share their stories with our students. Literature is a powerful way for students to engage with a wider world. They should hear the voices of quality authors every day. Teachers need to read, know their books, and help every child find just the right book. Life is too short to read bad books.

5. School should promote resilience and optimism,
and personal qualities like enthusiasm, curiosity, perseverance, humility, kindness, generosity, tolerance, citizenship and humour.

In response to this: Five Things I've Learned

Five Things I've Learned - Stephen Heppell

1. You can't build better learning FOR children...

But you can certainly build it WITH them. Children are fascinated by learning, and their reflective practice—trying out ideas from all over, observing and critiquing the teaching and learning in their own school, swapping ideas and innovation—always and everywhere produces engaged, smart, articulate learners. Trying to improve learning without listening carefully to the learners' voice is like trying to drive with your eyes shut. Of course, they can be daft as brushes sometimes, but I have learned to trust them and to value their voices and views always. As they say in China these days: we should teach less so that we might learn more.

 Read the rest here. The whole site is worth a look too.

Friday, March 23, 2012

How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom

As the post-PC era moves from interesting theory to cold, hard reality, one of the most pressing questions is: How can we use tablets, and especially the iPad, to help people learn? More...

artCircles: Van Gogh to Rothko in 30 Seconds

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

What I’ve Learned About Smart People

What is it that separates a “smart” person from me? How do they conduct themselves? What drives them?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Neil Young is right — piracy is the new radio

As an artist who probably makes a substantial income from licensing his music, you might think Neil Young would frown on piracy and file-sharing, but that appears not to be the case, according to an interview he gave at the Dive Into Media conference in Los Angeles. Instead of railing against file-sharers, Young called piracy “the new radio” because it’s “how music gets around.”

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Why Every Professional Should Consider Blogging

"I often argue that professionals should share their knowledge online via blogging.
The catch is that virtually anything worthwhile in life takes time and effort, and blogging is not an exception to this statement. So before committing your energy to such an endeavor, you may rightfully stop and wonder what’s in it for you. Is blogging really worth it?
In this article, I briefly illustrate some of the main benefits that directly derive from running a technical blog."

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sick of Google?

Tired of Google + and all those ads? Give DuckDuckGo a try.

App of the Day!

Everything these guys touch turns to pure gold. And that continues today, as their latest creation, Band of the Day for iPad, was just bestowed with the App of the Week award. Yes, again.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Coding for Success

The Kernel’s developer columnist Andy Young takes a nostalgic look back at computer science education and makes a passionate case for upgrading kids’ skills today. Link.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.

Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality.

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