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The Principal of Change George Couros - 12 September, 2016 - 08:32

I was inspired by this post from Brady Venables, and especially this paragraph:

My biggest pet peeve is when I hear people speak of wanting to provide students the same education they received.  This is a crime.  Insisting that we change our education to fit today’s kids and world doesn’t mean that the educations we received were bad, it just means it was different.  In fact, the education of the 40 year old teachers may have been innovative then but insisting that we continue to teach this same way implies that we aren’t giving our kids innovative education now.

I like how she points out that education at the time we went to school, could have been innovative for that time! Not necessarily now.

Look at the new iPhone 7.  People are complaining that it is not forward thinking enough, and I get that. But compare it to when the first iPhone came out and some people were saying it was one of the best inventions of that year (2007).  To put that into perspective, it had no camera, no app store, amongst many other components that we now expect to be standard.  How quickly things change.

I heard this quote once and it has always stuck with me…

We expect innovation in every organization except for the one that we work in.

One thing I truly believe is that if we know better, we have to do better. In a world where information is abundant, the only reason we don’t know better is we choose not to look.

We need to expect more from ourselves as well as education.  We can create something so much better.

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Understanding the power of stories — The Learner's Way

Classroom 2.0 Diigo Group - 11 September, 2016 - 18:32


  • We are the stories that we tell and it is the stories we share which unite us. This was the seed of an idea planted by a day with author, artist, musician and story teller Boori Pryor. Understanding the power that our stories have allows us to better value their role in our lives, to see them as more than recounts of the past or imaginings of the future. Stories should be viewed as the powerful agents that they are with the force to shape who we are as much as we shape them. - Nigel Coutts

Tags: stories, learner, education, collaboration, teaching

by: Nigel Coutts

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Oz/NZ Educators Diigo Group - 5 August, 2016 - 11:14


  • Free interactive learning object creation tool with a focus on creating scenario-based learning - Kerry J

Tags: interactive, learning, learningobjects, tools, resources, teaching

by: Kerry J

Categories: International News

Code4Kids – Building a Simple Scratch Game

Chris Betcher - 10 July, 2016 - 01:23

I had the pleasure this week to be a guest on Code4Kids, a webinar series with Kelly Moore. Kelly is a teacher and tech coach in Melbourne, and she asked if I’d come on the show and talk about the use of Scratch to help teach computational thinking and coding. Well, you might know I’m a bit of a Scratch fanboy so I didn’t take too much convincing!

Rather than just talk about theory stuff, we actually created a classic but simple guessing game in Scratch during the live show.  I thought this was a good example because it uses quite a few fundamental programming constructs such as sequencing, looping and branching, etc. It also makes good use of Boolean comparisons, if-then decisions, and reassignment of variables. Throw in some simple maths like random number generation, greater than and less than operators, and it’s the start of some simple yet sophisticated Scratch coding.

Click here to view the embedded video.

It was nice to get some comments from the livestream viewers that they learned something from watching.

If you’d like to check out Kelly’s channel and her other videos, head on over to her Code4Kids playlist

And if you’d like to check your own Scratch skills, you can take the 15 question Scratch Quiz I mention at the end of the video… just head to bit.ly/scratchquiz and take the quiz… your results will be emailed to you immediately thanks to Google Forms and Flubaroo!

Related posts:

  1. Scratch 2.0 Beta: What’s new?
  2. A Little More Scratch
  3. Teaching Kids To Think Using Scratch

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