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I haven’t had my own classroom of students for a few years, but I always try to remember what it was like to be a teacher, and always try to start from that viewpoint. It bothers me when I see posts or videos talking about how so many teachers are not willing to do something better for their kids, when every single person that has “embraced change” was at some point doing things previously that they would question now.
I talk a lot about the importance of using technology to enhance learning and relationships, but I didn’t always believe it was important. It took a lot of suggestions and support from others before I started doing things differently in my practice; it did not happen overnight. That being said, just like so many other educators, I still have a lot of room to grow in so many areas. There are so many aspects of education that are important to the development of our kids, and teachers are juggling so many things that they have to do, many of which have little to do with teaching in a classroom, but are admin tasks. Instead of wondering “why aren’t people moving faster?”, we have to take a step back and get rid of some of the assumptions that people make about educators. Below are a few that stick out in my mind.
1. Educators are not willing to embrace change.
I think for many educational leaders, this is an easy way out. It puts the blame others instead of looking at something internal. Simply telling someone that they should change their practice, and it reminds me of how sometimes people are just bad at selling change in the first place. I have seen a lot of people talk about the importance of change, but by the end of listening to them, you feel terrible about what you haven’t done as opposed to inspired to do something better.
\Making people feel like crap is not the key to getting them to do something different and will not lead to sustainable change. What is important is that people experience something different themselves, but also that they are valued for what they do. If an educator knows that the change is something that will be better for kids, they are more likely to start doing something different.
There are so many things that an educator has to do, so I think it is actually good that many of them are critical about what they put their efforts into. Have you ever had an initiative in your school that has come and gone and shown no impact on students? Not all change is good, but I believe if an educator can see the value in it for their students, they are more likely to embrace it.
2. Educators don’t want what is best for kids.
Educators know that they are going into a very giving profession, where the pay is traditionally not that great. The majority of them want to make a difference. It is cool when some students get opportunities like Innovation Week, but sometimes kids show up with no food in their stomachs, and making it through their day is a huge accomplishment. Doing the “innovative ideas” might not be possible for that kid. There are so many variables to our day as educators, and teachers are rarely ever just teachers. They take care of kids in so many different ways because of they didn’t, there is no way some kids would be successful in any aspect of their lives. If every classroom and group of students looked exactly the same, teaching would be easy, although in my opinion, not very rewarding. The diversity is what makes education so great. That being said, most educators are doing what they believe is best for their kids. No one wakes up in the morning wanting to be terrible at their job. We need to always remember that.
3. That all educators do is teach.
It disheartened me to see an educator friend, who is brilliant and I would want teaching my own children, talk about how they had to get another job to make ends meet. I have heard this from several people. To think that a person who would have to work two jobs (one of them serving children all day) would not only have the time or the energy to learn new things, is pretty presumptuous. Just being a teacher, takes a lot out of you. We can’t assume that all of our efforts go simply into teaching. There are so many other aspects of our lives.
It is not only the cases where teachers are juggling another job, but also other aspects of their life. Many people have so many things going on in their lives, yet we assume that so many should put all of their time and energy into becoming the greatest teacher of all time. Some people are lucky if they can make it through the day because of whatever is going on in their lives. This is not only in education, but in all professions. We want to be great friends, partners, parents, siblings, or whatever, and sometimes teaching needs to take a little bit of a backseat to the other things in life. Does this mean a teacher doesn’t care about what they do? Not at all. But I am firm believer that I would rather have a teacher that is focused on being a whole person, than simply focusing on being a teacher. Personally, some days it is/was hard for me to get up and do my job because of other things going on in my life. We always have to remember that there is more to a teacher than being a teacher.
Do some teachers not fall in line with what I have shared? Absolutely. There are bad people in every profession. I guess my point is that when we make generalized assumptions about others in our profession we are already starting in a deficit. Trusting someone is doing the best they can before they prove it to you, is an important part of leadership. We have to give trust before we earn trust in many cases. Assuming the worst of others will not get us to grow as a profession.
#globalclassroom twitter chats are three years old! To celebrate this month’s chat will take up the theme of “The Globally Connected Educator”. This also continues the theme of Connected Educator month which took place during October. Karen Stadler (@ICT_Integrator) of South Africa and Anne Mirtschin (@murcha) of Australia will c0-moderate this chat. It will take place on Sunday November 16th at 9pm, Melbourne Australia time (gmt+11) Please check timeanddate for your day and timezone. Dont forget to use the hashtag #globalclassroom with each tweet!
The following questions will be posed.
- What does it mean to be a globally connected educator? What does it mean to YOU personally?
- How do you become a global connected educator? Ideas / advice for teachers wanting to become global connected educators.
- What are the benefits of being a globally connected educator – why would you encourage other teachers to become globally connected?
- Ideas/Tips for managing your “connectedness” – one cannot be available online 24/7, so how do you get around this and find the balance? Tips from other globally connected educators.
If you cannot be part of this chat due to timezone constraints, it would be great if you can share your answers either prior to or after the chat. Use the hashtag #globalclassroom, add A1 or A2 etc to whichever question you are answering.
If this is your first experience in a twitter chat, see How to participate in a twitter chat
Please note that these chats will be held on a quarterly basis over the next year. Looking forward to you joining us!
- Just over two years ago a group of teachers decided there Science Lab needed a signature piece to promote an interest in scientific inquiry. Inspired by a display at Questacon they embarked on a project to create a display to showcase the Periodic Table. After a three month journey into cabinetry and problem solving it is ready and this is the story of how it was made and why. - Nigel Coutts
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Blatantly stolen from the CSTA announcement mailing list.
We want to hear from all CS teachers! We are calling on YOU to participate in CSEdWeek activities December 8-14, 2014, and to let us know what you are doing to celebrate. Please take a look at the Participation Kit for CS teachers developed by a team of CS teachers and supportive community folks at www.csedweek.org/csteacher. You can also get to the Participation Kit page from the main page,www.csedweek.org, and clicking on the big red button “Are You a CS Teacher?” These resources are here for teachers looking for various and different ways to celebrate CSEdWeek in addition to Hour of Code.
In addition to resources, there is an event calendar and map for teachers to post what they are doing for CSEdWeek. We want you to participate by going to the event calendar and submitting your activity or event to share with the CS Education community. Click here or on the Tell Us button from the website to add your event. There is a searchable calendar of all events across the country. You can search by grade level, type of event, or even geographically. There is an event map where you can see what is going on in your area. Please show your support for CS Education by submitting your event or activity today!
Today is Children’s Day in India. What a wonderful day to celebrate and acknowledge our young and make them feel very special. To mark the occasion, my dear friend, Sebastian Panakal from Kerala, India asked whether I could arrange students to link up with his.
Unfortunately the time was right on our school closing time, so our students were unable to videoconference, but I was happy to be their audience. Teachers and students of varying ages came up, said hello and asked some questions of me. The children were delightful, appeared extremely interested well mannered and spoke clearly. Balloons were evident in the classroom – a sign of the celebrations.
At the end of our 20 minute linkup, the students, teachers and Sebastian sang me their National Anthem with great pride and gusto. And I hate to admit it, it was the first time that I ever remember hearing the National Anthem of India.
I’m currently in the throes of trying to pack as much as I possibly can into my ‘Language of our Times’ class in the final weeks of term. We were looking at viral videos recently (and at its essence, what are the qualities of a video that makes it move to viral status) and have returned to this in the last two days, prompted by what I’ve viewed on mainstream television and what has run past my Twitter stream.
The Qantas ad, above, caught my attention while I was making inroads on correction. It led me away from the correction pretty quickly, enticed as I was with the soundtrack and storylines that were unfolding in front of me. A two minute slot in primetime must cost a fair whack, but the 300,000+ views it has racked up on YouTube in 8 days is quite possibly paying dividends for the Qantas brand.
We followed this up today with two Christmas ads coming out of the UK. The first was the John Lewis ad below that has racked up a more than impressive 14 million+ views on YouTube in 8 days. And yes, I’m betting John Lewis sees this as an investment that has paid off.
The second is the Christmas ad from Sainsbury’s, a UK Supermarket chain. It was made in partnership with The Royal British Legion and is inspired by real events from 100 years ago. I dare you to watch it and not tear up.
It was released two days ago and has racked up 4 million+ views to date. I’m figuring this is one with shareability written all over it. Check back in six days and I’m betting it’s running rings over the John Lewis ad.
What these ads have enabled is some great discussion around what makes an effective marketing campaign in a world where YouTube rules and mainstream media is becoming less relevant in the lives of the everyday citizen. A good discussion to have and one that I think my students have benefited from. If I find them all leading marketing campaigns in future years I’ll know I’ve done a good job. ;)
I’ll be grabbing some shut eye this weekend and gearing up for a busy few weeks as the year comes to an end. Rest up folks and enjoy some down time. :)
Educators tend to listen to other educators. It is not that we are not open to listening to people outside of the education realm, but being a part of a school and understanding the intricacies of what teachers deal with is important for perspective.
I have heard before, during, and after talks educators not to excited about a message from a “non-educator” because of those important details that they tend to miss. Learning is one aspect of our job, but if you are working with so many students that each are so unique in their own way. a lot of ideas shared are not as simple as they may seem to someone who has never taught a classroom full of children. Although we should always be open to different perspectives, I think it is fair that we tend to connect more with someone who has done the work.
So when so many people are giving young people suggestions on how they use technology, the “do’s and don’ts” (they are more often don’ts from what I have seen), and ideas on social media without ever using it, I wonder if kids see us with the same lens of “credibility” that we tend to use with others outside the field.
I remember this older post by Will Richardson on “Balance” and how we often tell kids that they are out of balance because they use too much technology when they might see adults as out of balance because they do not use it enough.
I just wonder if the same credibility from experience that so many people value (in all professions, not just education) is something that young people consider as well?
If you have no idea what SnapChat is or how to use it, do you think a kid really cares when we say that they shouldn’t use it?
Scott and Tim Bedley discuss with Vicki their secrets to teaching. These brothers are at different schools but both were voted Teachers of the Year! They challenge themselves daily and use ‘fail’ as a verb not a noun.@bedleybros to your PLN
The Bedley brothers share how their father is a passionate educator and author. They find having a mentor for using technology in the classroom helps to inspire educators. They dream of impacting education by inspiring other educators to build relationships with students first and foremost. Their passion lies in touching the lives of their students and be the best educators they can be. Listen now to hear Tim and Scott talk about passionate teaching.
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Lately, I have been working with a lot of parent groups on the use of social media, and encouraging them to “jump in” and learn with their child, as opposed to fight it along the way. From my own experience. if social media is used right, it can not only improve learning, but strengthen relationships. There are negatives with everything, but if we want to use it in a positive way, the first step is changing our perspective towards it. If you think “Twitter is stupid”, it is going to be useless to you. But if you look at the potential, it can create something much different.
I was ecstatic to see the following tweet from Andrea Markusich, a parent I connected with at a recent session who decided to give social media another try:
@gcouros suggested to embrace technology and get involved WITH our kids on social mediaand wow are we having fun!They are teaching meSOmuch!
— Andrea Markusich (@amarkusich) November 11, 2014
I love her perspective shift from this is something that kids are doing, to something we can learn together. Although kids need and should have some space, I think there is power when we, as adults, take interest in the same things that they are interested in exploring. I asked Andrea to send me an email telling me more about her experience and I loved some of the things that she shared:
I honestly thought the world was done for with twitter, because I was! I went to a session years ago and couldn’t figure out the purpose of it and then just quit. But George planted a seed and got me thinking. Maybe they ARENT disconnecting?? Maybe I am?? Hmmm….
Ironically we watched the movie “CHEF” the following weekend. The movie totally demonstrated the power of youth and knowledge of social media and the huge power it has to send a message to a very broad audience. It was very well timed as I got to see a resistant parent in action; and I saw myself.
Go back 3 years and I had my first son starting high school and I was very afraid of the impacts of social media. I was SO scared of BAD people and all the possible dangers that we have heard in the news. Some of these stories came way to close to home for me. So I wanted to lock my kids up until the social media fad passed. That may take a while….. and it’s a little bit unrealistic.
A different perspective totally transformed my view and opened me up to a new way of thinking. It has also become a great bonding experience for me and my kids—who knew?
So now I’m on twitter….and instagram. And I’m hooked! …Last night I posted a picture of our dog and as I was typing they were saying “Mom, you need to shorten your words,” and “c’mon that’s so nerdy why are you writing like that” they were laughing and teaching me the way to do it. And I have lots to learn, but we are having a lot of fun. And my kids teaching me something, I can tell it lights them up, that they are the experts. And they are SMART! Our world’s future is in good hands. It’s funny, I used to look forward to getting them to bed so I could relax, now I have to keep reminding myself to make sure they go to bed as they need their sleep. Time is flying we are having so much fun.
A new perspective leads to new opportunities.
The thing that I loved about Andrea’s note was not only was it that we need to be open to learning about what so many kids are doing, but there is so much opportunity in coming closer together when we are willing to learn from them as well. I have really embraced the idea that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner, so it is important in our world that we swap roles back and forth with our kids. And really, as Andrea articulated, time flies by too fast to not embrace this.
At the end of the day, the big reminder for me from reading what Andrea had shared was the importance of our attitudes towards learning. If we see learning about something new as an opportunity as opposed to a burden, we are more likely to create something positive from the experience. I have always said that change is an opportunity to do something great, and I am happy to see a parent embrace the same belief.
Schooling will be out of business if we don’t ‘revamp’ schools. This was Michael Fullan’s reply to my question last week of whether he thought there was a growing gap between schooling and learning. Interestingly, Fullan doesn’t believe we need to start from scratch. Rather, he suggests looking at ways of extending the boundaries of schooling; making them more permeable in today’s world. Technology can be a great tool to help bridge this gap.
While Fullan admits that while technology is a ‘pull’ factor for students and one of the game changers for schooling, the vast majority of digital use in schools is superficial. What is needed is an engaging pedagogy to pull students in and equip them with 21st century skills. This contemporary framework is built on the 6Cs: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, citizenship and character. As Fullan says better learners, lead to better global citizens and the better the learning for students, the more focused the work of teachers. Schooling becomes an open-ended and collaborative experience for students as well as teachers.
The next wave in education will be combining digital and student agency to deliver improved learning outcomes. Gaining greater understanding of student learning by assessing how students like to learn, whether they feel they belong to their school community and what are their expectations. The good news is these factors are not fixed – they are able to be leveraged because student engagement and learning success is inextricably linked.
How students participate in their learning, experience it and succeed is the next chapter for many education systems. Powerful mobile connected devices will not do anything to improve student learning on their own. Schools need to design realistic learning experiences which engage and stretch students and use the devices as enablers. This involves both the teacher and the student in a complex process of learning together. This moves our understanding of learning and teaching today from a mechanistic and didactic process to an organic and transformational one. Of course, passionate and proficient teachers working together in this way show us what teaching needs to be in a knowledge age.
I'm still trying to wrap my head around this.Microsoft takes .NET open source and cross-platform, adds new development capabilities with Visual Studio 2015, .NET 2015 and Visual Studio Online
Initially this feels good for me. I like Visual Studio and .NET. Specifically Visual Basic and C#. I wonder how this is good for Microsoft though. I also wonder how much development will actually take place on .NET with it being open source. Is this throwing .NET away in reality?
The announcement linked to above says that Visual Studio 2015 is “[b]uilt from the ground up with support for iOS, Android and Windows” And I see that the new Visual Studio has an Android emulator so there is that. There is a lot more to read about this move. And we’ll have to see how soon and how well the promised cross platform software develops and makes it into the wild.
In the mean time I am installing the Visual Studio 2015 Ultimate preview so I can start trying things out.
What does this mean for education? That’s the big thing I want to figure out. Initially it suggests that schools teaching using .NET languages can easily move to mobile development not matter what mobile platform them want to use without having to pick and teach several development tools and languages. And Apple Mac schools can now use Visual basic which I still believe is a wonderful first language for teaching.
What else? Still trying to figure that out. I didn’t get any heads up on this so I have no idea what the message for educators will be.
Why tweet children’s learning? This tweet says it all. Why tweet children’s #learning? Loved this thinking by @tambotaylor – so I remixed it. #SLTchat #ukedchat #feltag pic.twitter.com/slwt4UUmUk— Bryan Mathers (@BryanMMathers) November 7, 2014 [Tweet]
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Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers @edutopia blog – by Vicki Davis
November 11, 2014
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Tired of disheartened girls thinking they didn’t match up to the divas on teen beauty magazines, Grace Miner started Real Girls Matter. The group has a state-wide conference in Rhode Island next year.
When six-year-old Joshua Williams wanted to give ten dollars to a homeless man, his young eyes opened to the plight of the hungry. Joshua, now 13, runs Joshua’s Heart to feed the hungry in Miami. On his website, Joshua says: “Whenever I work, I will give some of my money to help.”
And the stories go on. Whether it is wells in Africa or standing against genocide, today’s students are more than willing to tackle big problems. Their social media prowess and passion can make them an unstoppable force — when they want to be. (Can you say Ice Bucket Challenge?)
How can we unleash more social entrepreneurs? How can we empower more students to make a difference?Click here to Read the rest of this over at my Edutopia blog
It is an important topic and I would argue and important aspect of student engagement.
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Does your organization need help being on time and on budget? There is an older video where Seth Godin talks about “shipping it”. We can all do with re-watching this video. We need more successful innovation. So many teachers have great ideas. They don’t implement because they are afraid to ship. Sometimes teachers kick off a project and the first day or two don’t go like they were planned and just as the students get excited… they stop it. But there are big picture issues at work here too.
Now if I could get every school board, principal, superintendent and politician to listen to one concept from Seth Godin’s speech (above) it would be this: THRASH EARLY.
Seth says that you should have early meetings. Have all people involved in the early meetings. He says that if key people don’t come to these meetings where you hash out what will be done — have them sign a paper that says that they will have nothing to say at any point later. He did this with a boss who kept coming in the day before shipping and interjecting ONE LITTLE SUGGESTION. It isn’t that the leader’s suggestions aren’t valid. It is when those suggestions are given that makes the difference between being on time and under budget or not.
This happens all of the time! If you want to save money — get everyone there to thrash early.Overcoming the Fear that Keeps Us From Shipping
In education, I would argue as Seth Godin argues for businesses – our problem is not a lack of solutions. There are tons of solutions. There are many ways that will work. We don’t lack creativity.
What we have is a lack of implementation. We have people who won’t ship. We have organizations in fear who are afraid it won’t work so they don’t really commit. They start something and never really finish. We have busy leaders who wait until the day before something ships and decide to give feedback or pull the plug.What Happens in Most Implementations of New Innovations in Schools Getting Leaders Involved Early
For example, if I have a ship leaving out of the port of Los Angeles. One tiny turn of the rudder as that ship comes out of the harbor determines whether the ship ends up in Russia, Japan, or Australia. One tiny turn. If I get off course at the beginning, it will take many miles, much time, an a whole lot more wasted resources to change direction.
It isn’t that those leaders are spineless. It isn’t that those leaders lack vision. It is clearly that leaders are soooo busy that they think the best use of their time is to come in at the last minute. This is faulty reasoning for one simple reason. Direction set early impacts where you end up.Perfection Paralysis is Just Empowered Fear of Failure
And sometimes the product is good and because it isn’t “perfect” leaders will halt it. As many creatives say — even the tiniest creative process is on the continuum of creative. IF you lauch a rocket, you can tweak the navigation and change course as the rocket is flying through the air. If you launch, you can change direction as long as you’re headed in the general direction it needs to go.
We need leaders involved early in the creative process. We need to keep fear at bay that keeps us from putting our work out there.
We need leadership and we need to launch. Thrash early. It pays off in the end.
One of the amazing things about working in academia is learning day by day just how different that is to working in schools. For one thing, the work is either wildly enjoyable or like a treadmill – depending on your capacity to cope with university administrative processes, and your own predilection to reading deeply, engaging in research, and pushing the boundaries in learning and teaching if you are a teaching professional.
It’s much more complex than working in a school – I know! The hours are longer, the depth of knowledge engagement is wider, denser, and more exciting, and the pace is relentless, 52 weeks a year minus 4 weeks leave. But I would never trade places with the golden opportunity to work with educators near and far.
I can’t help being deeply interested in knowing more, and working with the current and future leaders in our library and education sectors. I can’t help looking innovation straight in the eye. I can’t help gasping in frustration at what I DON’T know, and being grateful for the wonderful professional colleagues with whom I work in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.
So it is with some amazement, and a tiny bit of pride, that I can say that I have been meeting the challenges thrown at me since coming to CSU in 2011. What I’ve been able to do has been unexpected, and exciting.
So in all this I’ve been quite busy in 2014 (new degree, program reviews etc), and though I have been sharing information via Twitter and Facebook, the blogging has definitely taken back seat.
Never mind – in a tough academic procedural battle, I have been successful in getting promoted to Senior Lecturer. Might seem easy – but it’s not. Things work very differently in academia compared to other organisations :-). Takes reams of paperwork to back-track everything you have done, a panel discussion, and also requires external referee support. Not every applicant is successful first time around. We were warned about this at a long seminar, and so I was not hopeful, being a CSU newbie (in academic terms).
Very special thanks to my external referees. You know who you are – and your input was actually essential to my promotion bid.
Now – off I go to the next challenge…..intrepid explorer boots on!
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New research suggests the tax office should expand the list of acceptable explanations for procrastinators' yearly extension requests and late tax filings. Two possibilities: "I was born this way" and "failure to evolve".
Contrary to popular (female) opinion, you can have all the symptoms of the flu without being infected.
While Gallileo thought the moon had nothing to do with the tides, the Yolngu people from the Northern Territory knew better.