I have been watching the Youtube Teacher’s Channel since it launched recently and am thrilled at the content and resources available to teachers. Whether or not you are in support of students viewing content on Youtube, every teacher can use this new channel as a resource for their own discovery process.
On October 31st I will be presenting on 21st Century Learning Environments with Mr. Darren Price. This is the second year the symposium has been held and is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in conjunction with Hanyang University. It is always interesting to walk into a presentation situation not knowing how many participants will be there and the background of the target audience. In any case, I am looking forward to it. More details are in the brochure, here.
Yesterday I gave a presentation to about 40 educational leaders in Korea representing all the various provinces and other organizations. The topic focused on English education and mobile devices. One thing that I pointed out was that responsive artificial intelligence has finally arrived in a form that can be used by anyone and that the impact could be helpful for English language learners. Dragon Dictation has been well-received and very helpful on Apple’s iOS platform (and others), but it doesn’t respond to you intelligently. It only dictates what you speak. Now, with Siri… there’s a response.
I can imagine that in the future that artificial intelligence will be applied in many different ways. Imagine reading a digital book where you can have a conversation with the main characters and even give input to what actions they take.
A friend of mine recently posted this video of a classroom of 29 students that use 15 Apple iPads. This is a very interesting examples what can be done when you mix devices and a very talented teacher. The video is featured on a ning for ipad educators, http://ipadeducators.ning.com/
Wandering Academic has put together some interesting school ranking information for a group of international schools. These types of comparisons seem to be more and more unavailable as the word “ranking” has gotten a bad name. In any case, it is fun to peruse.
If your school is well resourced and embraces newest practices in teaching and learning, you likely already have implemented a 1:1 laptop program. Others, however, may be in the process of deciding how to support student learning through technology and what tools are most appropriate. While it seems that most are currently in agreement that a laptop is still the primary device needed, others are beginning to question if tablets or other devices will soon replace the laptop. When will a single no longer be sufficient to support student learning in the 21st Century? My students currently often use their iPod Touch and handphones (many already have smartphones) in the class. Some are also bringing a Apple iPad or Galaxy Tab with them to class. Sometimes these tablets are used as complimentary devices along with their laptop and other times (less so) theSo, the questions really should be posed to students, “How would you like your education?”
1:1 One laptop for each student
1:1t One tablet for each student
1:1d One device for each student (usually referring to something like an iPod touch)
1:1+ One laptop for each student plus other devices
The school I work in is changing. Technology is playing a considerable role. Laptops have been a part of the school culture since the beginning, but a change to Apple over the last 2 years has changed things even more dramatically. One of the significant changes I’ve seen is that faculty and students are creating much more digital media. Now that curriculum is “catching up” with the skills of faculty and students, there are more digital media products being developed than physical media products. While there are many reasons that this is terrific, one of the implications is that there are less examples of student work to be displayed throughout the building (there are exceptions such as visual arts).
The result of the changing school culture is that our display boards (bulletin boards) are left lacking.
- Faculty are having to reconsider how to create physical representations of digital work so that they can be displayed and celebrated
- The school needs to consider the support/products that are available to create physical representation
- The school needs to investigate and implement various forms of digital signage to effectively display digital products
What is your school doing to present and celebrate digital student work?
Two weeks ago our high school student tech team met for the first time this school year. I was surprised that so many students wanted to participate. The group will keep the same president as last year, but will be adding either 2 or 3 additional leadership positions. We will be building on the reasonable momentum that was started last year and there is a lot of potential to utilize technology positively to change our school community.
Last week four students from middle school met to begin planning for the launch of our 2010-2011 middle school student tech team (SWATms). I spent about 20 minutes vision casting to them and then listened to their ideas for the team. This week we will hold our first full meeting and I am expecting around 12 to 15 students.
Our student written mission is to lead and serve a modern GSIS community by integrating technology into our learning and environment inside and outside of the classroom, connecting to each other and the world.
Throughout the short time that the high school SWAT team (Students Working to Advance Technology) has been operating, I can already see its influence on the school culture. I am looking forward to seeing that continue and thrive this year.
One of my professional goals for this school year is to become aware of who my students are “virtually” and to build a relationship of trust with them online. The online social media space that I am focusing on is Facebook. I have created a separate Facebook account and am “friending” students. Thus far it has been a positive, enlightening experience.
This week I started Facebook Groups to use with students. I created a group for our high school student tech team and a group for our middle school tech team. And then today came the “new” Facebook Groups! So I re-made my student tech team Facebook groups using the new feature.
A couple of the features that I really like about the new Facebook Groups features are:
- Group Chat – s simple, easy-to-use chat feature for the group. I am not sure exactly why, but it reminds me of Google Wave.
- Docs – you can now create a simple document that anyone in the group can edit
- Email address – your Facebook Group can have an email address and members can post to the group wall by sending an email to the address even when they are not on Facebook
Students are already starting to post to the groups…