I find this video very interesting.I thought I would share it with you and see if you have done this before.If I make the time, I would like to do this for my communication with parents.
Below is the text of a snow day email between me, a trained physics teacher, and one of our art teachers. Three or four times a year we have conversations like this. I thought I would share one.
Mer started it out.
hoping we can do some of this out of school learning IN school too!--merhttp://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/13/dont-go-back-to-school-kio-stark/
The article was fascinating to me. I obviously love some of the things said. What I thought was really great was his emphasis on collaboration. But then I thought this about school and adults looking back on school as opposed to students thinking about school right now. An adult has at some point learned the need to collaborate and how to invite others into collaboration and where that is appropriate. At school what we do, or what we should do, is invite students to collaborate with us and show them how people that think a certain way collaborate, solve problems together, and generally get along. You do this in an art way, and I do this in a science way, but we both do this in a teaching way, and we do it in a Christian way. Frank Smith painted this beautiful picture for me of welcoming kids to the club. The club of painters or modern physicists. Welcome. So you want to be a painter? This is what painters do. This is how painters relate. This is how painters collaborate. This is how painters disagree. This is how painters solve problems. Most importantly, welcome, we painters are glad you are here. School is the intersection of loving experts and vulnerable hungry learners who do not know yet how to figure out who is a loving expert and who is just an expert.Sorry about the morning philosophy.--jim
Jim,Wonderful...I love reading your morning philosophy so much. Send anytime. : )"school is the intersection of loving experts and vulnerable hungry learners who do not know yet how to figure out who is a loving expert and who is just an expert."I love your quote too...and how to navigate a world when the experts stop being loving and learners are still feeling vulnerable...phew.talk soon,mer
a scale I wondered if there was something commercially available that
were good enough for your students to use, like a food scale that all
Meijer would have or something they could get from Amazon. I read of a
teacher recently who used all online textbooks for readings and the
like, and instead of putting a book list together made a equipment list
so each student had these items for class.
- If you required
an iPad for the course you could use apps like Screen Chomp, Explain
Everything, or Educreations for problem explanations. There must be Android equivalents of these apps.
- As soon as you require a tablet, you can also assume they have a camera. Cameras should be huge in making online physics instruction come alive.
- Could you
somehow take advantage of the fact that all your kids are in different
places to make a single lab that required data from all the students to
make the final lab data that is evaluated? I read this idea somewhere,
but I forget where.
- Finally, I am reminded of the attached screen shot of a presentation by Ken Heller about Context Rich Problems at the Global Physics Department. Having students make problems for each other seems like a way of increasing engagement with each other online. If we move to have students make problems as part of their understanding what role to Heller's rules have for students?
Do you know how your English teachers grade papers? Do they do that with printed copy on paper, or do they do this online? If so, is there a software you use?
Jim, we are working as a big committee on measuring out digital classroom initiative and
whether or not it is going well. One of the things we want to
measure and create a metric for is creativity and creative expression.
You mentioned at our most recent meeting that you have ideas
regarding this already. Are you willing to share any? So far we
thought a good way to keep track of what is being accomplished is to
archive via a digital portfolio. I saw a great tool for this that
works with Moodle called Mahara, or maybe it was Mahoodle....or even
both. Right now we are using Google Docs/drive.
If you are willing to share a paragraph about how you might measure or
have a metric to show the increase of creativity because of computers,
that would be great.-Nancy
Any suggestions for pd homework so my Moodle high flyers don't get bored?This is a great question. I have a few quick options off the top of my head.
- Explore the MoodleNews blog there are tons of little articles about the cool features of Moodle there.
- Explore features in the Moodle Documentation that are advanced but cool. I would recommend starting with Glossary, Workshop, Conditional, Social Topics Course Format, Choices, and Wiki. Also the Moodle Documentation pages on philosophy and pedagogy are great reading and help you start to understand not only Moodle, but how technology can changes teaching and learning. I put this list from the pedagogy page in front of my staff every year. I ask them to reflect on where they were and where they are now and where they would like to go. I wish I had them write down those reflection every year, it would have been a powerful assessment of the program.
- Around The Corner is another good blog with a lot about Moodle. Explore.
- Another challenge I give teachers at workshops is to think how it would change their assignments if student had to post the answers in a public forum. This starts to get at the changes we would like to see in student work where they have to write responses to our creative prompts that are unique to them.
- I am not sure I would teach this again, but it is compelling for some teachers. Have them look over the quiz question import tools and experiment with importing questions. Better yet, have them prepare a presentation on importing questions and share it with the faculty.
On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM, Steve wrote:
Hi Jim,I have a teacher here at Byron that would like to control his Mac with his iPad so he can walk around the room. I don't remember the apps/setup to do this. Was this the same app that allowed the iPad to be a web server too? Or was that a different app?Thanks,Steve
Here is our list:
- Most success, easiest setup, cheapest, but does not control the computer: AirSketch.
- More expensive, controls (but not a lot of teachers use that part), has awesome presentation mode: Doceri.
- Like Doceri and very promising, but for us has been buggy: Splashtop. This was also the one I heard about the most at MACUL.
- True control but no integrated presenter mode: MobileMouse.
- Interesting with an iPad 2 or 3 and an Apple TV: Skitch. I have used Skitch on my mac with a Bluetooth tablet as my sole presenting tool for years. With AirPlay it could be awesome.
We saw a segment on 60 Minutes on Khan Academy. It's an organization that puts teaching segments on the internet for anyone to use. They are on all kinds of subjects. It could be something to look into especially with your unhappiness with textbooks.
I have used some of his videos in class for review and the like. I struggle sometimes with what the role of a teacher is in the new world that is unfolding before us. I also wonder what the difference between Kahn and a textbook is. All the same stuff is in a textbook, but if you are not motivated to learn and express your learning you won't. Here is an excellent blog article on the Kahn Academy that has a lot of links to articles critical not of the videos but of how they are likely to be used and all the attention he is getting. Frank is a excellent physics teacher. If you want an interesting read that goes much deeper into the education issues that Kahn Academy brings up I would encourage you to check out this free eBook called Stop Stealing Dreams [PDF]. There are other versions for downloading and printing. It is an easy to read summary of why Kahn Academy is just the last of the old way of schooling while still being an important but tiny piece of the future of education as well.
I sat in on your session at MACUL and it was a good start to the
convention for me. I tried to avoid the "how to use this tech tool"
sessions and I wanted to get beneath the surface a little more. Your
talk gave me some things to explore and will help with planning. I
like the idea of the 15 minute sessions each week with staff. Can you
send me three or four topics that you recently used in those sessions?
I'd like to give it a try in my district before the end of the year.
(Better late than never!)
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