Schools Need to Change

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Posted by kellymbruce | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 13, 2011

Having recently completed by second last lot of rounds, and having become truly excited to become a teacher I really feel like it is my duty and responsibility as a teacher to facilitate a student’s learning in whichever way possible.

I recently watched this video on Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas…

 

If you watch it, please tell me what you think. Other than the animation being awesome and entertaining, it really shed some light on a few issues that our current education system has and I will list some of them that are particularly frustrating to me.

1. The way we send our students through school in year levels, stamping their abilities based on their ages.

2. The only learning environment available to us in the classroom setting. Even though this is slowly starting to change I believe it needs to happen faster.

3. Sir Kin Robinson raises some ideas on Divergent Thinking and how education actually quashes this rather than embraces it.

4. Standardised Testing…

5. Everything is separated – maths, science, history, english.

6. We are very quick to think a student has a learning problem or something like ADD if they aren’t interested in the stuff in class.

 

These are just a few to begin with but I really do find it unbelievable how we can just let our students sit in class and willingly know they are bored and unmotivated. As teachers we have the power to change this. I know that I can’t go in to a school and change the curriculum but I am almost sure that we can change the way we teach to make the curriculum more accessible to students.

This is where I think technology plays a very big part. I think it really can be as simple as implementing the tools readily available to us at the touch of a button to help students learn.

It doesn’t even have to be just technology – students should have a choice in the way they learn things and they should have an input in to the way the classroom is run. I know that this sounds ideal and perhaps a little naive but I do think that with a fair amount of work it can be done, as a teacher you just have to be motivated.

I am very interested to know what people think about this?

Criticisms?
Ideas to add?
Techniques?

 

Diigoooooo

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Posted by kellymbruce | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 13, 2011

Today I have started discovering Diigo…

What do you guys think? I am loving it so far…

Would you use Diigo in the classroom, or is it just for your own personal use?

Again, I am very interested in the iPad functionality of Diigo and have been checking it. Can’t wait to download it and let you know how it goes.

The thing I love about Diigo is how easy it is to use. After you download the extension and it comes up in your toolbar, it is so damn simple! I can highlight, bookmark or sticky note anything!

This is an example of what Diigo looks like once you have started collecting your information from the internet

One is a YouTube video that I bookmarked but the one that has the title “School’s Ponder if an Apple a Day Keeps the Ignorance at Bay” is an article from the age that I have looked at. It shows that I have written a description of what the article is about and have also made several highlights.

The thing I really like is that you can highlight in different colours which meant if you wanted to get super organised, each colour could mean a different thing!

How do you think you could use Diigo in the classroom??

I thought about it in the English classroom setting and studying “Persuasive Techniques” The students could search for opinion pieces and then highlight the articles with different colours for different Persuasive Techniques or something similar.

Any other ideas? I am interested to hear 🙂

Google Reader

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Posted by kellymbruce | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 13, 2011

Google Reader is an awesome tool and I can’t believe I knew nothing about it, I feel like a loser.

I am loving that you can add notes to your feeds, organise them in to folders and that it even recommends feeds for you!

Good on google reader 🙂

I was also interested in seeing what it would be like to have google reader on the iPad so I have done a bit of research on YouTube and the such to try and see if it would be worth downloading the google reader app…

 

While the YouTube video is a little dry, you can see that using Google Reader with the iPad can be very fun and useful, something in which I will try very very soon!

Pixton and the Classroom

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Posted by kellymbruce | Posted in Ideas for the Classroom | Posted on August 13, 2011

After reading heaps of blogs by all the other EST430 students, I have had lots of inspiration. One thing I found particularly interesting was the ability to create comics on Pixton.

I think using this in the classroom can be extremely helpful.

It is very easy to sign up to by going to pixton.com and following the prompts.

History is my other method and I believe that creating comics to show a series of events could be very beneficial as an assessment task or even just as a task to grasp some difficult historical events.

Edmodo Features

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Posted by kellymbruce | Posted in Edmodo | Posted on August 13, 2011

Exploring Edmodo Features

The Library feature is a good  tool to use in the classroom for giving students worksheets, information or assignments.

I found it very easy to add files to the library and you can see the process here:

 

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